Life list, bucket list, it doesn’t matter so much what you call it, more that it motivates you.

How many times have you said, “Oh I’d love to try…” or “I’d love to visit…” or “I wish I could learn…”? Well a life list is a nudge in the direction of achieving these things.

A life list or some people say bucket list) or wish list is simply a list of all the things you’d like to achieve, and writing them down in a list is a way to gather these thoughts and encourage you to begin making things happen rather than just wishing your life away.

I wrote my life list just before my 30th birthday when I suddenly realised that I hadn’t done any of the things I had assumed I would have done, before turning thirty (at 29, 30 seems like some sort of huge mile stone).

So now I am beginning to achieve and experience these things and I’m still adding more to my list. My list is really varied, all different experiences in their own right and all for different reasons and sometimes, one experience leads to another. For example; through studying Gaelic, I then learned about a Gaelic college on the Isle of Skye, instantly I thought, I want to go there and spend time in a Gaelic speaking environment to help my confidence and ability at the spoken word.

The list

Big Ones

Go to a TED conference
Get a university degreeX
Run 10kX
Cycle from Glasgow to EdinburghX
Be placed in a beer competitionX
Win a gold in a beer competitionX

Travel based goals

Visit New England
Spend the holidays in a snowy country
Renew my passportX
Order a meal in another language in the relevant country

Education Based Goals

Learn another languageX
Go to Sabhal Mor OstaigX
Learn to driveX
Learn to make cool silver jewelry
Learn to cook Thai Green Curry (from scratch)X
Learn to make pesto (from scratch)X
Learn to make breadX
Learn to snowboardX

Do the World’s Coolest Activities

Snowboard on a mountain
Go microlightingX
Go paintballingX
Bunjee Jump
Snorkel/scuba and see tropical fish

Events I wanna go to

Beltain (The Fire festival)X
New York Pride

People I wanna Meet

Meet Steven FryX
Meet Bill Gates
Meet Tom KuhlmannX

Just To Make Life Interesting

Grow my own veggiesX
BBQ on the beach
Skinny dip
Learn to shoot a hand gun
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I'm Eli and I blog about the inane things which interest me namely gardening, cooking and cycling and occasionally geeky educational technology things. I live in sunny Musselburgh with my lovely wife Kate and our cats.