Life is short. Too short. And the older I get, the faster it seems to race by.

So far, I’ve really enjoyed the ride. I mean, I’ve had crazy ups… and wild, wild downs… but overall, I really feel lucky to live the life I’m living.

But that doesn’t mean I don’t have a lot left to do. A LOT. In fact, I’m sure I have things to do I haven’t even thought about.

As a reminder to myself (and a public commitment), I decided to post a list of the things I want to achieve before I “kick the bucket”.

Having said that, I H-A-T-E the term “Bucket List”. What about “Life List” or “Awesome Life List”. Or “WOW! I Want to Do All of These Amazing Things List”?

One day, I was checking out some cool new personal development blogs – and I came across Steve Kamb’s blog, Nerd Fitness. Steve has a killer name for the list of things he wants to achieve during his lifetime:

An “Epic Quest of Awesomeness”.

So I decided to borrow part of that term for my list. “My Epic Quest”. (Thanks, Steve. You rock!)

That’s what this list is. My “Epic Quest” to live an awesome, fulfilling, fun, happy life.

A few “thing” goals… some “financial” goals… but more “experience” goals by far. Mainly because I spent the first part of my life chasing things. Then, when I had them, I realized that life wasn’t about the THINGS I had. It was about the experiences I had. The people I helped. The friends I made. Doing fulfilling things and becoming someone better than I was yesterday.

This list is a work-in-progress. I’m a work-in-progress. But everything has to start somewhere. So this is my start. My Epic Quest.

My Epic Quest

Here they are in no particular order – the things I want to have, be, or do during my lifetime. (If you’ve got any ideas of things for me to add, please let me know in the comments section at the bottom of the page)

Life Experiences

Write a best-selling children’s book

Write a movie screen play and get it produced

Learn to ice skate

Attend an NBA Game

Attend an MLB Game

Attend a NFL Game

Learn to ride a unicycle

Learn to juggle

Be an extra in a blockbuster movie

Be an extra in a TV show

Be in the audience at Conan O’Brien’s TV show

Meet a Former President

Meet a Current President

Swim with dolphins

Bungee Jump

Spend a night in a castle

Go whale watching

Drive a dog sled

Become a confident snowboarder

Go tubing at a ski resort

Attend the Academy Awards (and after parties)

Learn to fence

Get better at improv

Eat an Australian “Meat Pie” at Pie Face

Travel Experiences

Visit the Eiffel Tower in Paris, France

Visit the Louvre in Paris, France

Visit the Sears Tower (while it’s still the Sears tower)

Visit Sydney, Australia

See the Pyramids in Egypt

Take a “Jack the Ripper” walking tour of England

Visit the Smithsonian in Washington, D.C.

Visit the Great Wall of China

Visit the Biltmore Mansion in North Carolina

Visit Disney World and Epcot Center

Stay for a Week on Cape Cod

Visit Washington, D.C.

Take a tour of the White House

Ride a Street Car in San Francisco, CA

Go up the Space Needle in Seattle, Washington

See the leaves change in the North East US

Visit Boston

Visit Ireland and kiss the blarney stone

Financial Goals

$20 Million Dollars in Investments

Am I missing anything? If you’ve got some killer ideas for experiences I’ve got to try, please let me know by leaving a comment below. What experiences, travels, etc. have really made a positive impact on your life – even if its just “in the moment”? Anything you think I should add – that’s missing?