challenge: 500 mile beer

culture: dia de los muertos

community: breaking bread together

It's no longer a list, it's a path with detours. 

It's harder than one might imagine to curate a meaningful list of 65 things that one has not experienced, shared or learned before. The entries are by no means original, they appear on just about every other life list you google.

 

What I believe is unique about the list is the intention. I could perform 65 physical adventures and call it a day. But, to create a forum to share personal insights, experience religious rites first hand, or help fund an education, adds a factor of social interaction and commitment that physicality can't fulfill. And, truthfully, I consider all of them challenging in their own way.

 

Even though an item is "checked off", it really isn't. A limitation of 65 somethings should not end the process, it should continually expand your comfort zones and widen your paths. I still perform random acts of kindness, I still try to perfect the classic French omelette, and we still host Second Sunday Supper. I hope this project provides impetus for others to start a list, but then appreciate the detours the path generates without the fears of success or failure of a list. 

challenge

 

YET TO BE EXPERIENCED

next flight out to anywhere

get a tattoo

pierce an ear, or both

skydive, or not

65 mile bike ride

olympic level bobsled ride

process a chicken

65 sun salutations

first hole-in-one

 

KEEPING THE PROCESS GOING

master french country omelette

master classic french omelette

put pen to paper, every week 

maintain a blog, at least try

photo of the week

maintain 5% body weight loss

music lessons

protest for just causes

share the small pleasures

 

CHECKED OFF

new year's polar bear plunge

camino de santiago peregrino

next train leaving the station

66 days solo travel, no plan

lose 5% body weight

inn-to-inn trek 

whale watch at the farallons

have a written story published

speak before group of 65 or more

capture a swarm of wild bees

master country french omelette

master classic french omelette

community

 

YET TO BE EXPERIENCED

join a flash mob

donate blood

habitat for humanity

 

KEEPING THE PROCESS GOING

share my 65 list

inspire others to create a list

share what i have when I can

teach what i know when I can

help those who need when I can

bake and distribute 65 loaves

host second sunday suppers

create family images

create village images

create global images

65 acts of kindness

65 community days

pick up trash in your community

 

CHECKED OFF

fund a scholarship

join a drum circle

 

 

 

culture

 

YET TO BE EXPERIENCED

visit a church of snakes and tongues

attend a baptism

observe muslim prayers

yoga at the maze

play golf at its birthplace

experience burning man

attend an opera

watch a ballet

 

KEEPING THE PROCESS GOING

try any local food and drink

try 65 new ethnic recipes

tame my dosha

 

CHECKED OFF

ai weiwei human rights art at alcatraz

write postcards to jailed activists

peregrino mass

catholic vespers

jewish bat mitzvah

a live symphony

dia de los muertos

world premiere of a stage play