If I died today, I’d die an abject failure. I’ve managed to complete just 16 tasks out of the 101 featured in the book 101 Things to Do Before You Die. That’s barely 15 percent. To make matters worse, when I got the book in 2007, I had already completed two of them before I’d even started.
I guess I should give you some background. 101 Things to Do Before You Die was written, designed, and illustrated by Richard Horne, and published in 2004. The book bills itself as “the definitive guide to everything you should do before it’s too late.” I first ran across the book on the shelf of Barnes & Noble when I was 26. Over the next year, I went back to the store several times to thumb through the pages. I loved the idea of completing through a list of adventures — some that I’d always wanted to do and others that would force me way way way out of my comfort zone.
A year after first discovering the book, I decided to take the plunge and pick up a copy. Little did I know I’d still be working on the book’s tasks and using it to plot out new adventures years later. For the last 11 years, the book has been a constant companion, and its dog-eared pages and tattered cover are proof of that.
It just makes sense, now that I’ve got my own little corner of the internet in the form of this website, to keep track of my adventures and chart my progress through the book. The hope is that I make headway and that, with the encouragement of you guys, I can push even further than I would on my own.
So, what tasks are on the 101 list, you ask? Say no more!
As you can see, some are easier than others. Not only that, but some of the tasks have several different components. For example, take a look at Thing to Do (TTD) Number 2, “Swim With…”
To complete this one task, you have to swim with a shark, a whale, a dolphin, and tropical fish.
Since purchasing the book, I’ve used it as an excuse to have some fantastic life experiences for which I’m incredibly grateful. I highly encourage you, if you want to play along with me, to pick up a copy of the book on Amazon.
While I give you time to do that, and work through the tasks that I haven’t yet attempted or completed, I’ll be focusing on backfilling some of the things that I’ve already managed to cross off. So, here’s to attempting, completing, and expiring!
So, now that we’ve waived all liability, let the journey begin!