Monthly List: October 2012

109 Attend a Democratic or Republican convention
118 Be the captain of a ship, a spaceship, or a submarine
115 Bungee-jump off a bridge
107 Bust (perform for money) in a European country
104 Compete in the eco-challenge
112 Crochet or knit a sweater
101 Dry some flowers
100 Experience 1000 types of love
116 Finish a marathon (without throwing up)
119 Go on a scientific expedition
106 Go on a silent retreat
102 Have a tremendous, rollicking, soaking wet water pistol fight
117 Horseback-ride on a Costa Rican beach at dawn, clothing optional
091 Learn French, German, or Swahili
099 Paint polka dots on your sneakers
114 Parasail
092 Pogo stick with children
103 Prepare a 7 course meal for 10 of your closest friends
098 Protect the innocent
110 Protest a Democratic or Republican convention
094 Ride an ostrich
108 Ride in a dune buggy
097 Ride the Coney Island Cyclone 3 times in a row
105 Scuba dive in the waters of Micronesia
095 Spend a day with a toddler
111 Start a new political party
120 Teach someone to read
113 Travel alone
093 Unicycle
096 Volunteer at the monkey house at the zoo

Every month I am taking 30 items from the 2001 Things to Do book and creating a short checklist. I am using this as inspiration to work on crossing things off the list, maybe not particularly from that month, but overall to do something different. This is not necessarily a “bucket list”; it is a goal that by doing something new (or doing something I’ve done before but hadn’t documented it with photos or journaling) I will keep from feeling in a rut. I will be able to look back at the little, big, sad, happy, joyful, or heart thumping moments and feel my life has value.

One of my favorite quotes is:

“A good life is a collection of happy moments” by Dennis Waitley

This is a reminder to myself of why I have this blog. I’m working through posting all the items from the book and beyond, to keep in mind to do something. To get out there for experiences and adventures.

I’d love to hear if you have done any of these. Or if you have other ideas to try.