What Do You Want To Do Before You Die?

How many of you believe you will die?  Someone said the only things certain are death and taxes.  If you live in Illinois, I’m pretty sure you’re getting more taxes.

I’m also pretty sure you will die.

The one thing that keeps the questions interesting is when.

I had the opportunity recently to hear Ben Nemtin, New York Times bestselling author and creative influence behind the MTV series The Buried Life, tell his experience over the last ten years as he attempts to check off 100 items from his bucket list, all while helping others achieve their dreams.  You can see a short video on Ben by clicking here.

The premise of Ben’s work is the headline to this post.  What do you want to do before you die?  I have put together my list, currently at 61 items and growing.  I’ll share some of mine if you share some of yours.

Here’s a sampler:

2.    Reach out to high school classmates and coaches

6.    Impact Dixon through gifts of time and treasure with quarterly action

15.  Write/Log what I am grateful for every day for three months

19.  Discover and perform one random act of kindness every day for three months

23.  Go to a Final Four

45.  Live in a foreign country for three months

54.  Give a commencement speech

There you have it.  Your turn.  Inspire yourself by inspiring others, and who knows, by putting a few items from your list out there in public, it might motivate you to make faster progress towards checking off a bucket list item.

I look forward to your replies in the comments section of this blog.  There just might be a KSB goodie package to a random participant.



  • Joann Smetters
    Posted at 11:41h, 16 October Reply

    Besides the usual items on many folk’s bucket list (visit the Grand Canyon, Black Hills, etc.) I want to do the following:
    1. Write a letter to each of my nine grandchildren telling them what I love about them and my hopes for their future
    2. Volunteer my time at a local charity every month
    3. Go on a mission trip

  • Capt Al
    Posted at 16:33h, 16 October Reply

    1) Spend more time with my only son (he deserves to know how special his father is) 🙂
    22)Go to a Super Bowl (again. This time the Packers WIN).
    33)Travel Route 66 in my convertible.

    44) Visit Gettysburg

    66) Visit friends who I haven’t seen in a while.

    99) A Hole in One during golf would be a treat.

  • Dona Nelson
    Posted at 08:45h, 17 October Reply

    Go on a mission trip
    Volunteer for community
    Do a long distance hike in the mountains
    live near the ocean
    take a vacation with entire family

  • Renee Harkins
    Posted at 10:18h, 17 October Reply

    1. Design my oldest daughter wedding bouquet as promised; as soon as she finds Mr. Right

    2. Become a Master Gardner

    3. Sail thru the Caribbean’s turquoise waters on a smaller ship

    4. Visit the birthplace of my parents, Germany and Latvia

    5. Be a part of teaching children gardening

  • JD
    Posted at 02:59h, 18 October Reply

    I was raised to enjoy each day and make the best out of what God hands you , cause in the end its what you leave behind that matters, friends , laughter, and the one you love.

  • Jessica Nance
    Posted at 11:52h, 18 October Reply

    1. Take an extended road trip out west with my husband and son.
    2. Live in the U.P. of Michigan for some period of time.
    3. Visit the birthplace of my husband in New Mexico.
    4. Take my son to meet his extended family in Missouri, Arkansas, and Ohio.
    5. Go on an Alaskan cruise.
    6. See the Northern Lights.
    7. Learn to crochet.
    8. Take a painting class.
    9. Learn to play the guitar.
    10. Watch my son graduate high school and college.
    11. Stay at an ice hotel.
    12. Solve a rubik’s cube.
    13. Be a part of a flash mob.

  • Karen
    Posted at 16:10h, 18 October Reply

    I’ve always wanted to spend time cheering up patients in a children’s hospital. Iowa City would be a great start. I have also dreamed of visiting Africa with my mother.

  • Traci Hartmann
    Posted at 19:16h, 18 October Reply

    A few from my bucket list…
    *sponsor the adoption fee of a dog in ea of the following categories: longest resident, oldest, black dog (bad label for their color) & a special needs.
    *write each of my kids a story of my favorite memories of them.
    *volunteer holder at a NICU unit.
    *write the children’s book stored in my mind, even if it never gets past my own coffee table.
    *see my sons marry the woman of their dreams.
    *write a positive note to myself/kids every day for a year.

    • Jenni Hernandez RN BSN FNP Grad Student
      Posted at 14:44h, 07 November Reply

      2 Goals Only
      1) Raise awesome Daughters
      2) Restore healthcare services and provide healthcare with the main focus on the patient first! There is nothing more valuable than a human life.

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