I did something yesterday that, if you know me at all, is completely uncharacteristic. I wrote a first draft of a bucket list. If you told me 18 months ago that I’d be publishing one of these, I would have laughed you out of the room. And yet here I am. This list is a very broad first draft. It is completely subject to change. In fact, I can already think of several more things to add. Some of these are very broad, and I will probably hone the specific action that goes with some of these broad themes as I start to look at doing them. I also plan to write a bit about each of these as I check them off. *Phew* – here goes.


  • try boxing
  • see Gregorian chanting at Sant’ Antimo, Italy
  • play music (some sort of instrument, vocal, or electronic music thing – the point is to have the experience of expressing myself through music)
  • try a tobacco pipe
  • try hookah
  • road trip through American south
  • motorcycle trip through Vietnam
  • visit Jerusalem
  • visit the Ngorongoro Crater
  • visit Japan
  • do an all night club night
  • take MDMA
  • try psilocybe
  • take part in a human rights-related protest action for a cause I believe in
  • read a book in a house in coastal Scotland with a fireplace and no TV
  • Visit Norwegian fjords
  • feel strong
  • a full day without fear of any sort
  • plan, execute, and show an art project
  • get (and stay) out of debt, build up savings
  • camp in the desert
  • winter camping
  • work on a group art/film/creative project where everyone is 100% fully time committed to the project for a week or two
  • do some sort of pilgrimage/travel thing alone
  • successfully operate my own business/freelance practice in an intentional, sustainable way
  • ring trip around Iceland
  • take a philosophy class
  • visit Baja
  • visit the Hebrides Islands
  • stay in a hostel
  • do a bike trip and sleep on a beach somewhere outside
  • learn how to conduct an interview
  • learn more about my family’s genealogy
  • Play pétanque in an urban park on a sunny day with great wine and cheese and good friends
  • Visit Beirut
  • Visit Iran