To do before i die


I made this list in a period of my life lacking inspiration, so I had to create my own… The past year and a couple months have been nothing but inspiration from all sides, so I haven’t really felt the need to look at it or dream of far-away lands and exotic experiences.  For some reason, I felt compelled to open the document this morning.  Although my current job is inspiration-ful, re-reading it managed to inject even more inspiration into my much-needed daily dose.  

So, without further ado, here is my list, in it’s totality:

1. Do Tai Chi in a park in China

2. Attend a wedding, in India

3. Become fluent in a third foreign language, preferably Arabic

4. Ride a camel in Egypt

5. Take a cooking class in Tuscany

6. Publish a book

7. Own a Vespa (lavender) 

8. Visit the Temple of Baalbek

9. Ride a gondola in Venice

10. Set foot on all the continents, Antarctica pending….

11. Go on an African safari

12. Sail the Greek isles

13. Eat sashimi in Japan

14. Get my nose re-pierced

15. Own a Kelly bag

16. Write for a travel publication

17. Ice skate at Rockefeller Center during Christmas

18. Visit the Grand Canyon

19. Go scuba diving

20. Live in another foreign country (other than la belle France) for an extended period of time…

21. Go to a World Series baseball game

22. Go to a World Cup football match

23. Make a mean espresso, and the perfectly frothed milk to match

24. Host regularly fabulous dinner parties

25. Read the classics, Western and Eastern

26. Read the French classics, in French

27. Finish my d@$n scrapbooks

28. Go hang gliding in Switzerland

29. Celebrate Christmas in Scandinavia

30. Go to the Christmas fairs in Strasbourg and Nuremburg

31. Eat lots more Spanish frozen yogurt

32. Adopt a Bernese Mountain dog and Westie Terrier.  Name them Penny and Lenny

33. Go ice skating at Christmastime in front of the Hôtel de Ville.  Remember to wear a cute hat

34. Learn to make strawberry rhubarb pie

35. Go on an Alaskan cruise

36. Visit Haiti

37. Finish painting my room at my mom’s house

38. Go to a premiere of some sort

39. Do the Peace Corps, or another service program

40. Become adept at Yoga and Pilates

41. Witness the Northern Lights 

42. Catch a fish

43. Visit the Egyptian pyramids

44. Ride on a dog sled

45. Spectate at the British Open 

46. Go to an haute couture show, preferably Christian Lacroix* 

*Sadly, since I first wrote this list in the fall of 2006, Christian Lacroix has stopped making haute couture.  But just because something you had wished for can’t come to pass in exactly the way you had hoped, it doesn’t mean another, even more interesting experience can’t replace it.  Usually it ends up even better.

If you don’t already have one, create your own list!  It’s fun!  And if nothing else, a great way to spend a couple minutes with your head in the clouds.  A worthy activity at any time.  

P.S.: Any readers that have good ideas about how to accomplish some of the more difficult experiences on my list, please contact me … !

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