My Bucket List

Often you hear the story of the person who has been told they only have ‘X’ amount of time to live. Now faced with the prospect of their own mortality, they suddenly decide to make the most of things and cram a life’s worth of goals and dreams into a finite amount of time.bucketlist

I’m sure many of you have seen the Hollywood movie Bucket List with Jack Nicholson and Morgan Freeman, right? It probably sparked the fire in you for a day or two before the monotony of your day-to-day life took over again.

So, I ask then, why don’t we live life as though we have a finite amount of time left regardless of our present health condition? Life is meant to be lived. We shouldn’t have to stick it out in a dead-end job for a 3% annual salary increase (if we’re lucky) just to scrape by and/or pay the government their share. I don’t care how much “responsibilities” you have, that’s no way to live!

I read a great list from Jason Ferruggia today – 67 Tips for Happiness & Health – and one of the recommendations was to “come up with a really fucking cool bucket list and start working your way through it.”

If you make your goals public, you are much more likely to accomplish them.

So, thanks to Jason, I’ll be publicly displaying my bucket list below and stroking off accomplishments as I achieve them. If you have a platform to do the same, I highly recommend following through. It just might shape the next 50 years of your life!

In no particular order, here’s my bucket list:

  • Attend a Stanley Cup Final game

  • Travel to Bora Bora

  • Attend a Full Moon Party in Thailand 

  • Reach 10,000 followers on twitter (I no longer care about this)

  • Make a living off my own business

  • Attend St. Patrick’s Day in Ireland

  • Diet down to sub 10% bodyfat

  • Work in PR for the Phoenix Coyotes

  • Own a rental property

  • Get married and have kids

  • Travel to every continent once

Europe (Completed 2008)
North America (Completed at birth)
South America

  • Coach my (future) son or daughter in hockey

  • Bench press 315 for 10+ reps

  • Complete a mud run obstacle course

  • Ride in a hot air balloon

  • Walk on a pyramid

  • Attend an Olympic Games

  • Read 50 books in a calendar year

  • Have an investment savings of at least $1 million at age 60

  • Attend the IFBB Olympia

  • Attend Changing The Game Fitness Expo

  • Learn a second language

  • Go Bungee Jumping

  • Buy or build a dream home (nothing too over-the-top, but family friendly and room for a backyard rink)

  • Volunteer at least once a year

  • Donate to a charity I care about once a year

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Mitch Calvert is a Winnipeg-based fitness coach for men and women like his former self. Heavyset in his 20s, he lost 60 pounds and now helps clients find their spark and lose the weight for life.