January 01, 2005

I'm glad I did

I'd rather give advice than plan my own life. So here's my list of things you should do if you ever have the opportunity:

1. Take a whitewater raft trip
2. Go winter camping
3. Take some kind of dance lessons
4. Get a professional massage
5. Visit New York, Paris, and London
6. Hike through a rainforest
7. Sunbathe naked
8. Spend time with someone who is dying
9. Be with someone when she is giving birth
10. Be hungry for a day
11. Go to a rally to support something you care about
12. Learn to sail
13. Go canoeing with someone you love
14. Go hiking in the desert
15. Learn the names of at least ten plants where you live
16. Volunteer at a soup kitchen
17. See a Broadway play
18. Spend a weekend at a monastery
19. Spend a day at an art museum
20. Read something you've written aloud in public


Anonymous said...

You should add swimming naked.

Ianqui said...

I'm not sure there are 10 plants where I live, except maybe at the flower stand on the corner.

Otherwise, I'm proud to say I've done quite a few of these things! (Including winter camping, which was kind of cheating because we were at this place in Mexico that had natural hotsprings that the owners piped into all of the campsites. But outside it was cold! 40 degrees or so! It actually snowed while we were there.)

New Kid on the Hallway said...

What a great list! obviously there are a number of these that I haven't done (b/c they're on my list of things to do!), but I have done 4, 5, 11, 15, 17, 19, & 20. (I've also been at monasteries, but not for the weekend.) They were definitely all worth it. :-)

jo(e) said...

Swimming naked? I agree, anon, add that to the list.

Ianqui, I bet there ARE ten plants where you live although you may have to wait until spring to find them. Several species of moss flourish in the city. Ivy counts. So do street trees and weeds that grow in the cracks in sidewalks. So do the plants growing in parks, community gardens, and window boxes. I have a sister in Manhattan who grows basil in a pot on her fire escape.

I've never been to Mexico. Or seen a hot spring. Both on my still-to-do list.

Cheeky Prof said...

That is a great list! And like New Kid and Iangui, I've certainly not done all of these (oy!) but some (3, 4, 5 [except London, yet!], 10, 11, 17, 18, and 20). And yes, you should definitely do every least one of them. :)

~profgrrrrl~ said...

Wow. I've not done a lot of this.
I've done 3, 4, 5 (minus London), 8, 10, 11, 12, 13, 17, 19, 20.

I'll add sleep by the ocean, live in a foreign country, and play an instrument.