To do before I die

I have this list. It’s a long list, with 100 things on it that I would like to do, see or experience in my lifetime. I’ve crossed a few items off already, but I have a long way to go …

1. Tour Europe, including England, France, Switzerland, Germany, Italy, Greece, the Netherlands and Spain
2. Visit Belen – the girl I sponsor – in Peru
3. Climb Mount Kilimanjaro
4. Go skydiving
5. Write a book
6. Go to Antarctica
7. Get married barefoot
8. Visit Vimy Ridge and/or other historical battlefield sites
9. Visit Africa
10. Attend a Stanley Cup playoff hockey game
11. Visit Anne Frank’s house
12. Ride in a helicopter
13. Read all of C.S. Lewis’ books
14. Go to the Toronto International Film Festival
15. Visit space
16. Go parasailing
17. Run a marathon
18. Learn French or Spanish
19. Participate in City Chase
20. Climb a palm tree
21. Visit Asia
22. Drive on the autobahn
23. Publish a collection of my poetry
24. Visit South America
25. Design a website
26. Own a boat
27. Visit Australia, thus accomplishing my next goal to …
28. Step foot on every continent
29. Explore a castle
30. Learn to sail
31. Visit the National House of Prayer
32. See U2 in concert
33. Explore every province and territory (been to every province, just need to go to the Yukon and Nunavut)
34. Get involved in politics in some way
35. Start my own photography business
36. Stand on the equator
37. See Queen Elizabeth or a member of the Royal family
38. Own season tickets to a hockey team
39. Go hang gliding or paragliding
40. Visit Victoria Falls
41. Visit every U.S. state, including Hawaii and Alaska (I’ve been to at least half of them)
42. Send a message in a bottle
43. Learn some Hebrew
44. Meet the prime minister
45. Smuggle Bibles
46. Hitchhike somewhere
47. Learn to enjoy cooking
48. Go to Mount Everest (I have no illusions of ever being able to climb it, but just seeing it up close would be cool)
49. Do acrylic and mixed media painting
50. Ride a camel
51. Walk on the Great Wall of China
52. Watch the Lord of the Rings trilogy right after each other
53. Take flying lessons
54. Go to Timbuktu
55. Visit Israel
56. Be a foreign correspondent for a media organization
57. Learn how to scuba dive
58. Go ziplining
59. See a live Broadway show
60. Meet Kurt Browning or Elvis Stojko
61. Own a house before I’m 30
62. Visit Stonehenge
63. Sell a piece of my art (photograph or painting)
64. Do a road trip tour of major churches in North America
65. Visit Loch Ness Lake
66. Drive through the English Channel tunnel
67. Take or audit political science and history classes
68. Go up the CN Tower
69. Research my genealogy
70. Stand on the Greenwich meridian line
71. Go water skiing or surfing
72. Do a major canoe trip that includes portages between rivers
73. Write my name in wet cement
74. Play the bagpipes
75. Write for a national magazine or newspaper
76. Hike in the rainforest
77. See a polar bear
78. Go on an African safari
79. Swim, err, float in the Dead Sea
80. Visit the Lord of the Rings set in New Zealand
81. Watch the Star Wars movies in a marathon
82. Go white water rafting
83. Learn how to rock climb
84. Hike the Grand Canyon
85. Go in a submarine
86. Go up in a hot air balloon
87. Explore New York City
88. Hike part or all of the West Coast Trail
89. Take dance classes
90. Go whale watching
91. Do a polar bear dip
92. Go to Baffin Island
93. Send a secret to PostSecret
94. Attend the Olympic Games
95. Participate in a march or protest
96. Visit the Pyramids
97. Hike or ski/snowboard Whiteface Mountain
98. Start a charity foundation
99. Do humanitarian work
100. Fulfill the destiny that God has for me

Feel free to leave your own lists or comments on how I can accomplish things on mine. Donations to Cheryl’s Travel Fund are always welcome. :)

(Updated July 2, 2011)



  1. Kristy-Ann said,

    the anne frank huis is definitely an amazing place to visit. went there when i went to europe to visit liam in 2007. you should also add belgium to your list of places to tour to on your european tour! some of these tasks would be awesome – i’ll join you on some of your adventures! :)

  2. Kristin said,

    Come to my parent’s house this summer and I’ll take you water skiing :)

  3. Scott said,

    RE: #95

    What? An AWNA award isn’t good enough for you?

  4. Rachel said,

    Wow, Cheryl, I’ve never read your list before. It’s quite the list, eh? Very neat things on it. I was thinking – about the publishing poetry thing… wouldn’t it be neat to put together a book of various writings that the cousins have done? So many of us have done writing/poetry. What do you think?

  5. AndrewP said,

    Cool list, Cheryl!

  6. Ryan Parent said,

    Deffinitly get number one done!!! My tour of Europe was the best experience of my life!!!!

    Ottawa wedding photographer

  7. blair said,

    a lot of entries — where’s bake muffins fit on the list?

  8. Vinay Vaidya said,

    Without seeing a wild tiger in an Indian jungle, in its element, the list is incomplete…

  9. Sean said,

    Shouldn’t #35 be scratched off?

  10. Gary Poupart said,

    Live long and prosper. Never lose sight of your list. It’s amazing what can be accomplished in a life time.

  11. Denis T said,

    ‘The most beautiful emotion we can experience is the mysterious. It is the power of all true art and science. He to whom this emotion is a stranger, who can no longer wonder and stand rapt in awe, is as good as dead. To know that what is impenetrable to us really exists, manifesting itself as the highest wisdom and the most radiant beauty, which our dull faculties can comprehend only in their most primitive forms — this knowledge, this feeling, is at the center of true religiousness. In this sense, and in this sense only, I belong to the rank of devoutly religious men.’ – Albert Einstein

    Your list reflects your wanting to experience the “Mysterious” maybe? You and Albert may have some things in common…

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