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It’s a great thing when you realize you still have the ability to surprise yourself.
Lester Burnham, American Beauty

 

I’m not a thrill-seeker or a particularly outgoing, grab-life-by-the-horns kinda gal. But in 2007, things started happening that shook me up a little. My brother Tom and my cousin Sherlock – both of them the grab-life-by-the-horns kinda people I was not – died tragically and much, much too soon. And I became a Mama, which has changed me in ways I can’t even put into words. This intersection of life and death really put me in motion. And I remember having these swirling, overwhelming thoughts about how precious and fleeting and uncertain life is — and how important it is to really LIVE.

Tom and Sherlock didn’t wait for “tomorrow”. And without them, I was determined to be that inspiration for my own little guy. So I wrote THIS. At the time, it meant fun and spontaneity and trying something new.

“It’s not about having some sort of Cool Kid Resume when you die, it’s about making plans to break routine and intentionally filling your life with unforgettable moments. For me, it’s about taking inspiration from the ‘cool’ things I’ve already done and ensuring that I keep that adventurous spirit alive in myself. It’s about showing Colt, through my example, that life can be really, really fun. And that there’s just very little in this world that isn’t available to him.

When I wrote that, I couldn’t have known how special to me this project would become. But as much as it is absolutely about setting and working toward these 100 individual goals, it is so much more than that.

Every time I’ve ever said, “let’s go there” or “I wanna try that”. Every time I have the chance to put it off until “tomorrow”.

“It’s about showing Colt, through my example, that life can be really, really fun. And that there’s just very little in this world that isn’t available to him.”

That’s it. That’s the goal.

 

100 Things To Do While I’m Here

  1. Scuba dive the Great Barrier Reef
  2. See every movie ever to have won “Best Picture”
  3. Visit all 50 states
  4. Yell “Cut!” on a movie set
  5. Sponsor a child in a foreign country
  6. Fly First Class
  7. Write this book that’s in my head
  8. Climb a mountain with my husband
  9. Visit the Holy Land
  10. Pick apples from an orchard
  11. Visit all 7 continents
  12. Play the piano again
  13. Camp in my backyard with my family
  14. Take a Hot Yoga class
  15. Walk on the Great Wall of China
  16. Take a cheesy picture at the 4 corners
  17. Pan for gold in Alaska
  18. Hug a California Redwood Tree
  19. Enjoy a Tahitian sunset
  20. Play craps at The Monte Carlo Casino
  21. Stand at the edge of the Grand Canyon
  22. Hold my grandchildren
  23. See the Northern Lights
  24. Own a piece of furniture upholstered in animal print
  25. Ride a horse on the beach
  26. Stay up an entire night enjoying the company of a good friend, then watch the sunrise together
  27. Go all out for a costume party
  28. Experience the cherry blossoms in Japan
  29. Take a nap in a hammock
  30. Get another college degree
  31. Celebrate a big catch with alligator fishermen in Louisiana.
  32. Get a New Year’s kiss in Times Square
  33. Own horses
  34. Attend an Olympic event
  35. Stand in the Oval Office
  36. Be an extra in a movie
  37. Run Run a 10K Run a Marathon
  38. Help deliver a baby
  39. Crash a wedding
  40. Build a sand castle with my son
  41. See the Pyramids
  42. Pick a winner at the Kentucky Derby
  43. Give a toast
  44. Stand inside the Taj Mahal
  45. Learn to play cribbage
  46. Train a puppy to roll over
  47. Plant a tree
  48. Attend Homecoming at West Point
  49. Have something named after me (a child, a building, a sandwich, whatever)
  50. Go an entire week without answering a telephone
  51. Try snowboarding
  52. Be a contestant on Wheel of Fortune
  53. Have my picture made with Jerry Seinfeld
  54. Go skinny dipping
  55. Sit on a jury
  56. Wear the Razorback mascot costume
  57. Chase a tornado
  58. Spend Christmas on the beach
  59. Cook and eat a fish that I caught
  60. Go to a drive-in movie
  61. Start a business
  62. Ride in a donkey cart
  63. Visit the Galapagos Islands
  64. See Belize
  65. Learn to throw a boomerang
  66. Take a polar bear plunge
  67. Hike the Inca Trail to Machu Picchu
  68. WIN something!
  69. Stake out the Loch Ness monster
  70. Take a Volunteer Vacation
  71. See the Monarch Butterflies in Angangueo, Mexico
  72. Throw a surprise party
  73. Finally punch that ticket to Budapest
  74. Splash around in a fountain in Rome
  75. Ice skate on a frozen pond
  76. Have my caricature drawn on the Venice Beach Boardwalk
  77. Set a world record
  78. Spend Christmas volunteering in a soup kitchen
  79. Build a house of cards
  80. See the Razorbacks play on the road
  81. Own a DSLR camera and REALLY learn how to use it
  82. Backpack in Europe again
  83. Take a night dive with Manta Rays in Hawaii
  84. Learn to wear color
  85. Tour Washington DC
  86. Go snowshoeing
  87. Ride the tallest and fastest rollercoaster on earth (currently the Kingda Ka, at Six Flags in New Jersey)
  88. Learn to make my Mom’s peanut brittle
  89. See the Grand Ole Opry
  90. Climb the steps of the Acropolis
  91. Have a corn dog with Colt at Coney Island
  92. Meet the Duggars
  93. Go parasailing
  94. Pose in front of Grauman’s Chinese Theatre
  95. Take pottery classes
  96. Celebrate Groundhog Day in Punxsutawney
  97. Leave my mark at the Cadillac Ranch
  98. Learn to whistle — the obnoxious, 2-finger type of whistle
  99. Check into the Ice Hotel in Sweden
  100. Barrel race

 let yourself live, love, and be changed.

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