Thursday, March 21, 2013

101 things I want to do before I die

Right from the time I saw a hindi movie called Dasvidania (Good Bye in Russian) in 2008 starring Vinay Pathak where the main protaganist makes a list of ten things he wants to do before he dies when he is diagonised as sufffering from terminal cancer, I have been reading in many places these kinds of lists of 10 things, 20 things, 30 things and 101 things to do before you die.

Its not about the number of things to be done or whether creating such a list is important or mandatory. The larger issue is that many of us lead our lives making excuses as to why we cannot do the things that we cannot do rather than going about doing them. Also many of us end up leading our lives feeling like victims whose current state of lives is due to the fact that certain things did not happen or they are not able to do certain things etc.

These are all my general perceptions and not the absolute facts or truths.

So to cut a long story short, I had a few things that I wanted to do but it remained as just that, wanting to do and not taking any steps to do it. Most of the things are the adventurous kinds that are easily doable and maybe my idea to list them out is so that I can start ticking them off one by one as done.

The list is in random order and is not listed according to my preferances or choice or what I want the most and am dying for etc. Its listed out in the order in which I remembered.
  1. Go trekking 
  2. Go Rock climbing
  3. Go on a road trip all over our country - Yippee!!!! Doing it from April 3 to April 14
  4. Go on a road trip on the golden quadrilateral
  5. Run a 42 km marathon - I am on my way to doing this in a couple of years
  6. Go trekking in the himalayas
  7. Run in the mountains
  8. Climb a mountain
  9. Sky diving - Inspired by "Zindagi na milegi dobara" and a friend who did it last year
  10. Water snorkeling
  11. Learn swimming
  12. Learn Bollywood dancing from Saroj Khan
  13. See a Rock concert
  14. See a Metal concert
  15. Ride a water scooter
  16. Drive a motor bike on a highway
  17. Camping out in the woods
  18. Go on a long cycling trip with our cycling gang
  19. Do a cycling race
  20. Get wet in the rain and dance in the rain
  21. Learn to speak in Marathi
  22. Speak in Tamil correctly
  23. Speak in Telugu correctly
  24. Learn Gujarathi
  25. Learn Sanskrit
  26. Bungee Jumping
  27. Cliff diving
  28. Sing to an audience and get applauded
  29. Visit all the places of Rajasthan
  30. Visit Gujarat
  31. Visit Kanyakumari
  32. Skiing
  33. Do the AOL Advanced course (Part 2 Course)
  34. See snow
  35. Go on a long train journey
  36. Go back packing
  37. Learn Kalaripayattu
  38. Take part in a Play
  39. Act in a play / TV show / Movie
  40. Talk to an audience of 300 - 500 
  41. Take a workshop on Indian culture / history / Religion
  42. Live in a different city ./ town / village / country for atleast 6 months
  43. Plant a tree and watch it grow
  44. Grow own vegetables and greens
  45. Taste wine and see how it feels
  46. Taste champagne
  47. Taste beer
  48. Taste rum / whiskey
  49. Get high
  50. Achieve a flat stomach, flat and fit
  51. Loose weight and achieve my ideal weight of 58 Kgs
  52. Start a business or start something on my own
  53. Work in another organisation
  54. Have a sleepover with college friends
  55. Have a sleepover with school friends
  56. Get featured in a TV news item or Newspaper news column
  57. Get interviewed by TV or newspaper
  58. Visit Amritsar Golden Temple
  59. Go to Kashi, Hardwar, Allahabad, Ayodhya and Rishikesh
  60. Write a book
  61. Write for a magazine
  62. Write for a newspaper
  63. Railroad trip across Europe in Eurail. 
  64. Visit US
  65. Learn some latino dance, any form
  66. Travel by train from Kanyakumari to Kargil
  67. Visit all the North East states of India
  68. Travel by train from Arunachal Pradesh to Porbandar
  69. Own a very expensive and branded watch.
  70. Take part in community cleaning programs like sweeping etc.
  71. Take part in a voluntary project that creates some difference like the Clean Hussain Sagar lake project, Clean Kumudavathi river project etc.

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