A while ago, I wrote about how new experiences put bookmarks in our lives and our experience of time slows down. This explains why childhood, where you are daily experiencing new things, is more memorable than years at a desk job, where you do the same thing every day.
Anyway, as I was cleaning my desk at work, I came across a list that I must have brought in one day. It is a list of experiences that I want to have before I die. I’ll call it my Time Hack List.
- Test drive a sports car
- Shoot a handgun
- Scuba dive
- Rent a tux for a fancy dinner
- Cook with a chef
- Play a gig in a coffee shop
- Paint a picture on a canvas
Attend a musical
- Open mic night at a comedy club
- Dumpster dive
- Create a sculpture out of car parts from a junk yard
- Hike a trail and camp
- Driving range
- Attend a Renaissance Faire
- Talk like a Pirate Day
- Have a mohawk
- Make a movie/commercial
- Build a stool
- Attend an Orthodox church service
- Eat an item at a restaurant that is free if you can finish all of it
- Send balloon mail
- Write a letter to a famous person
- Get a professional massage
- Wear face paint to a sporting event
Now, some of the items on my list are there because I really want to do them, like the massage thing. Some are there because the idea of doing them scares the cheese out of me, but I think it would be good for me anyway, like skydiving. And some things are there because they are things that other people enjoy that I don’t understand, like shooting handguns, wearing face paint to sporting events, and attending Renaissance Faires. But all of the things on the list are there because I think that doing them will give me some insight about myself and my world.
As you can see, I’ve already crossed a couple things off since I wrote this list, and I believe that my life is fuller for having done them. But I’ve got a way to go before I can cross the rest off, and I have a feeling that my list will grow.
Speaking of which, what do you think I should add to my Time Hack List? What is on your Time Hack List?