Impossible List

 

An impossible list is a list of things to do in one’s lifetime. It is a living, breathing list that seeks to fulfill a person’s greatest desires. This is no ordinary bucket list. In fact, its an anti-bucket list. Where a bucket list is a static list of things to check off before you kick the bucket the impossible list is an ever growing list of things that you want to do, whether you could ever accomplish it or not.

Part of the success of the impossible list is getting out and doing something. It does not matter if the task seems impossible for you right now. Put down a smaller task that is more easily accomplished and then move forward from there. If you want to learn more about The Impossible List™ visit Joel Runyon’s site ImpossibleHQ. Otherwise, keep reading to see what’s on my impossible list and what I’ve been able to accomplish so far.

Life

  • Marry the Love of my life
  • Have a kid (1 . 2 . 3 )
  • Adopt a kid (1 . 2 . 3 )
  • Help build a church in a foreign country
  • Fundraise …

Fitness

  • Begin Weight Lifting
  • Weight Lift for 3 months
  • Complete: PH3: Layne Norton’s Power and Hypertrophy Trainer
  • Bench Press 100% my Weight
  • Bench Press 200% my Weight
  • Barbell Back Squat 100% my Weight
  • Barbell Back Squat 250% my weight
  • Deadlift 100% my weight
  • Deadlift  275% my weight
  • Do 25 consecutive pushups
  • Do 50 consecutive pushups
  • Do 100 consecutive pushups
  • Do 10 consecutive pull ups
  • Do 50 consecutive pull ups
  • Do 100 consecutive pull ups
  • Obtain 18% body fat
  • Obtain 12% body fat
  • Obtain 8% body fat
  • Run a Tough Mudder
  • Learn Jiu Jitsu
  • Learn Maui Thai
  • Learn Kickboxing
  • Learn Aikido
  • Enter an amateur MMA fight
  • Practice Yoga
  • Master 5 Ultimate Yoga Poses (Eka Hasta Vrksasana, Sirsa Padasana, Pungu Mayurasana, Sayanasana, and Shavasana)
  • Go Pescatarian for a month
  • Go Pescatarian for a year
  • Go Vegan for a Month
  • Go Vegan for a Year

Travel

  • Visit all seven continents (North America, South America, Europe, Africa, Asia, Australia, Antarctica)
  • Swim, Kayak, and camp with the Penguins in Antarctica
  • Visit all 50 states (15 of 50)
  • Swim in the Oceans of the world (Pacific, Atlantic, Arctic, Indian)
  • Travel for 11 months straight (The World Race 2013-14)
  • Road trip with friends (Boston 2013)
  • Do a cross-country road trip
  • Visit another country
  • Visit 10 countries | 20 countries | 50 countries | 100 countries | 150 countries | all the countries (Current Total: 13)
  • Adventure Roulette (Domestic | International)
  • Live in Germany for one year
  • Backpack through Europe

Minimalism

  • Cull my wardrobe
  • Fit all my clothing into a backpack (minus suit jackets)
  • Inventory and document all my possessions
  • Own <500 items (minus books)
  • Own <300 items (minus books)
  • Possess only things I use on a monthly basis

Adrenaline Rushes

  • Go Skydiving
  • Go BASE jumping
  • Go Bungee jumping
  • Go Cliff Diving (15ft | 20ft | 30ft)
  • Go Paragliding
  • Go Parasailing
  • Learn to Surf
  • AT Thru-Hike
  • Camp/Hike in the mountains for 7+ days (La Vida 2015)
  • Go Indoor Skydiving
  • Climb a volcano
  • Learn to Freeboard
  • Snowboard down a Black Diamond
  • Solo Skydive
  • Nighttime HALO Jump

Events to Attend

  • Boston Opera House: The Nutcracker
  • Boston Opera House: Swan Lake
  • TED Global
  • Oktoberfest – Munich, Germany
  • Frankfurt Book Fair
  • Cirque du Soleil
  • Expo/World Fair
  • Super Bowl
  • Laos New Year
  • Boston Marathon
  • Boston Harbor Fest
  • Ultra Music Festival
  • Chinese New Year – Hong Kong
  • The Burning Man festival
  • Edinburgh Fringe Festival – Edinburgh, Scotland

Renaissance Man

  • Obtain a Pilots License
  • Obtain a SCUBA certification
  • Learn to Swing Dance | Participate in a competition
  • Learn how to Snowboard
  • Build a Log Cabin
  • Tend my own garden/mini-farm
  • Get Certified for USPA ‘B’ license for skydiving
  • Learn how to race a supersport motorcycle

Miscellaneous

  • Trace my genealogy to original immigrant grandparents
  • Read through Great Books of the Western World by Encyclopedia Britannica
    (517 works, 37,000 pages)
  • Translate the New Testament from Greek
  • Own a Motorcycle

Languages

  • Koine Greek (Literate)
  • Spanish
  • Arabic
  • French
  • German
  • Dutch
  • Italian
  • Chinese (Mandarin)
  • Irish
  • Portugese
  • Afrikaans

Business

  • BA in Biblical Studies and Philosophy
  • Obtain a Masters in Theology
  • Obtain a PhD in Philosophy
  • Translate Greek New Testament
  • Write and Publish a Book
  • Get published in a Journal
  • Present in a conference
  • Help produce a feature length movie
  • Write a commentary on The Book of Hebrews
  • Write a Commentary of The Gospel of John
  • Teach Religion and Philosophy at a High School level
  • Give a TED talk

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