It’s pretty common to hear people talk about their century lists, inspired by the 2007 movie The Bucket List. In case you don’t know, a bucket list is essentially a list of things you want to do before you die (in other words, kick the bucket). A few years ago on valentines day my better half and I exchanged our Century Lists or as we refer to them ‘Centum Negotium Perpetro‘, which is our list of the 100 things we each want to do before we die. The idea was that we would help each other complete and fulfill our worldly aspirations.
The process of making the list was inspirational – there are no boundaries and no limitations. It’s intimate and personal and it forces you to answer questions about what you want to accomplish in life, where you want to go, what brings meaning to your life, what is important, what milestones you want to achieve and what you need to accomplish to live a life without regret. For me the list was complete when I had someone to share it with, someone to help my dreams and aspirations become reality. To date, we’ve completed 13 items on my list and 6 on his, representing a 9.5% completion rate. At this rate, it will take us around 30 years to complete both of our lists and that is only if we don’t continue to add to them.
In the midst of thinking about my career goals for 2011, I thought I’d get an early head start tackling a few items on our Century List. The plan is to spend the next 100 days working on 10 items from our lists. The timeline is for motivation as I’m deadline driven. In no particular order, below are the 10 goals we’ve set out to complete by February 8, 2011.
1. Read the Night Sky: Be able to locate 10 constellations
2. Bungee Jump
3. Learn to juggle with three balls
4. Master the Rubick’s cube
5. Volunteer for a great cause and motivate others to join
6. Build an amazing sandcastle (one worthy of a photograph)
7. Live a week without spending money
8. Train for & run a full marathon
9. Renew a friendship with a long lost friend
10. Spend a date on the bus: spend an entire day on a bus reflecting on the past and planning for the future
Since I’ve had a lot of messages from my readers to get back to blogging – I’d love to hear from you:
Do you have a Century List?
Are you planning to make resolutions for 2011?
What are the top 3 things you have/would have on your Century List?
I would encourage everyone to have a Century List. How about incorporating all of your annual resolutions into a list that becomes an extension of who you are. You can keep it in Google docs, so that it is easily accessible, shareable and you can add to it anytime you want. Here are a few sites that can help you jump start your Century List.