100 things

2019-07-09

There was a brief time when it was fasionable for online publications to write big lists of things everyone should do in their life. It was hard to tell whether these lists were the aspirations of the writers themselves, or things they had done themselves and actually enjoyed. It seemed like it might have been just poor and desperate writers jumping on a trend, writing down whatever they could think of to make their deadline for one more week.

I read some of those lists, because I was interested in the aspirations of others (assuming that’s what it actually was), and each list did seem to have its own flavour and character, unique to the person who had written it. But I noticed something that made me a little sad: many lists included the item “Everyone should make a list of 100 things they want to do, because it’s surprisingly hard to get to 100.”

Now, that’s true. Listing 100 of anything is hard if you’ve never done it before, and that’s a surprising thing to find out. Even getting to 10 is a struggle, even for people who practice.

But we’re talking blue skies, green field possibilities. Anything and everything is on the table. What are some things you want to do in your life? It can be mundane or outlandish. You could do a whole subsection of twenty things that you want to eat while you’re on vacation. It’s totally up to you.

100 things is not that many things to do. You probably did 100 things yesterday.

What would be on your list? What would you have put on your list five years ago? How many of those things have you done since?