Day Zero Project

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
  • Donate blood.
  • 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

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