Okay, so it turns out the 101 in 1001 thing has a name: Day Zero Project. A few friends of mine have recently started up their own Day Zero Projects, and although the thought of waiting another 1001 days to finish another list is daunting, I do kind of miss having those goals to cross off my list of life.
So here’s what I’ll do. I’ll make a list, as long as I want it to be. Doesn’t need to be 101, but that’s the aim if I can get to it. Just things that I want to work towards over the next three years or so. Let’s see how it goes!
Go on holiday for a week with Bethi. Go to Japan and train in a dojo there. Go snowboarding.
- Go skydiving.
- Participate in a parkour lesson.
- Enter a marathon.
Practice tameshigeri. Pass 20 games. Assassin’s Creed II Fire Emblem: Path of Radiance Pokémon Snap Perfect Dark Zero Assassin’s Creed: Brotherhood Mass Effect 2 Puzzle Quest 2 Dead or Alive: Dimensions Raskulls The Legend of Zelda: Spirit Tracks Runespell Overture Fire Emblem: Radiant Dawn Fat Princess: A Fistful of Cake UFC Undisputed 2009 Okami(at last!) The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword Majin and the Forsaken Kingdom Jetpack Joyride Fire Emblem: The Sacred Stones Half-life 2
- Read (or skim read) the childcraft books.
Be vegan for at least one week straight. Meditate or have reflection time every day for at least a month.(Yes!!) Do the Wii Fit test every day for a month. Write a letter.
- Leave an anonymous letter or note to cheer someone up.
- Don’t complain about anything for a week.
Stay up all night.
- Score over 9000 in the Dragon Punch machine.
- Break a coconut with a single punch or strike.
Go camping. Go paintballing. Participate in a lesson of capoeira.
- Participate in a lesson of a grappling art like BJJ.
Get into a full contact fight.
- Watch Karas.
- Watch season 1 of “24”.
- Watch a full season of Futurama.
Participate in a lesson of aikido
- Watch all episodes of D-Gray Man.
Watch the cult classic Seven Samurai.
- Sit an IQ test.
Make a new friend. (Ashley/Rainbow)
- Learn to juggle pins.
- Walk on stilts.
Ride 200m on my ess board without stopping. Watch a sunrise with a friend. (Thank you, Mandy, for one of the most treasured conversations I’ve ever had.)
- Study 5 non-fiction books for the pleasure of learning.
- “Getting Real: Challenging the Sexualisation of Girls”, edited by Melinda Tankard Reist
- “The Art of Happiness”, by the Dalai Lama and Howard Cutler
- “You Can Heal Your Life”, by Louise Hay
- “Teach Yourself to Meditate” by Eric Harrison
Read 20 fiction books for the pleasure of reading. “The Emperor of Nihon-Ja”, by John Flanagan (Ranger’s Apprentice, Book #10) “Scott Pilgrim Gets it Together”, by Bryan Lee O’Malley “Scott Pilgrim vs. The Universe”, by Bryan Lee O’Malley “The Hunger Games”, by Suzan Collins “The Warrior’s Apprentice”, by Lois McMaster Bujold “Obernewtyn”, by Isobelle Carmody “The Farseekers”, by Isobelle Carmody “Ashling”, by Isobelle Carmody “Brisingr”, by Christopher Paolini (one of the only books I’ve ever read twice) “A Game of Thrones”, by George R. R. Martin “Inheritance”, by Christopher Paolini (SO SATISFYING) “A Clash of Kings”, by George R. R. Martin “Star Wars Episode 1 Adventures: The Fury of Darth Maul”, by Ryder Windham “Star Wars Jedi Apprentice #2: The Dark Rival” by Jude Watson “Way of the Peaceful Warrior”, by Dan Millman “Sacred Journey of the Peaceful Warrior”, by Dan Millman “The Three Musketeers”, by Alexandre Dumas “The Man in the Iron Mask”, by Alexandre Dumas “A Storm of Swords”, by George R. R. Martin “Brotherband”, by John Flanagan
- Learn to ice skate backwards.
- Attend the midnight premier of a movie.
Volunteer Go rockclimbing. Be a mentor. Become an assistant instructor at a martial school. Fly a kite. Spend all day playing video games. Spend a day naked. (Or, alternatively, in my PJ’s or underwear.)
- Go for a day without speaking.
- Earn my black belt in karate.
Attend a birthday party.
- Learn another poem by heart.
Write a short story. Draw a picture.
- Have a candlelight dinner.
Go barefoot for a day. Make bread (or damper) from scratch.
- Use Dictionary.com’s word of the day every day for a week.
- Pay for the person behind me.
- Move out of home.
Identify 101 things that make me happy. Get a job related to social work. Get 4 High Distinctions in a row. Or, if I choose to, four less-than distinctions. Start learning Japanese, Spanish or Italian.
- Plant a tree.
100% a game. Go on a martial-arts based training camp (or any training course over a few days).
- Do 10 consecutive chin-ups.
- Go to a concert.
Pay for everything in cash for one month.
- Learn Morse Code.
- Learn Braille.
Seriously start working out/going to a gym. Walk somewhere that takes more than an hour to reach on foot. Collect all the current gen consoles.
- Pray every day for one month.
- Get and read all the Animorph’s books.
Re-read the Rurouni Kenshin manga. Attend a movie marathon.
- Read all of Eric Van Lustbader’s “Nicholas Linnear” novels.
Join another volunteer organisation.
- Go for a night time walk/jog.
Go on a double date. Wear matching outfits with Bethwyn, or get matching jewellery. Be early to every appointment for a week. Go without my phone for three days. Go without a car for a week.
- Sign up to a dancing class.
Try a tai chi class (hopefully with my mother). Gamble with real money. Buy a game the day it comes out. Legitimately use an ukemi outside of practice. Participate in another lesson of Wing Chun. Learn how to use a semi-automatic weapon.
- Go on a pilgrimage.
- Plant a seed and raise it to a seedling.
Spoon without arm discomfort. Rip a phone book in half. Estimate remaining daylight. Cast shadow puppets. Play with soft toys. Ride a bike somewhere.
- Learn how to use a jian.
It’s not complete yet, because I know there are things I want to do which I haven’t listed here. I guess they’ll come in time. For now, no set date or incentives other than the pleasure of pursuing my goals. Let’s see where this goes!
EDIT: All righty, the list is about 100 items long, and all of them are things I want to do. Some moreso than others, but rather than replacing them I’m just going to extend my list for as long as it happens to grow. I will try and set a goal date though: Perhaps 1001 days from now will be as good a time as any. Very well then! I am to cross off every item on this list by August 16th, 2013. Let’s begin :D