AND THEN ONE DAY, YOU FIND 10 YEARS HAVE GOTTEN BEHIND YOU, NO ONE TOLD YOU WHEN TO RUN, YOU MISSED THE STARTING GUN.

–PINK FLOYD, “TIME”

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Everything I want to do with my life. . .or that I thought I wanted to do when I first wrote this list when I was 23. I don’t take it too seriously anymore, but it’s fun to pick a few items off it to tackle each year that I might not ever push myself to do otherwise.

Things will come and go of course, and the list is a constantly-evolving one. If nothing else, it’s a good excuse to do random things now and again.

Writing

Write and publish a book (1/3/13, 12/14/13)
Publish a book in hardcover/paperback (non-ebook)
Land a book on the Amazon Kindle Top 100
Land a book on the New York Times Bestseller List
Publish a short story
Write a screenplay
Write a manifesto
Have some role in the making of a documentary
Get this blog hosted with its own AndrewElsass.com domain (8/20/12)

Misc.

Brew a batch of my own beer
Read all of Modern Library’s Reader’s List Top 100 Novels of All Time (5/100)
Get a tattoo of something meaningful (3/24/12)
Grow a full beard (2015)
Spend 24 hours on Wikipedia for charity
Teach a class
Go on a vipassana retreat
Start a charity or foundation
Give a TED talk (11/5/16)
Become trilingual
Coach a sports team at any level

Travel/Events

Go to Ibiza, Spain and dance all night
Dance at Berghain (Berlin, Germany)
Live outside of North America for at least six months
Visit every continent (2/7- N. America, S. America)
Visit all 50 states (37/50)
Attend the Great American Beer Festival (Denver, Colorado) (10/11/13)
Attend Burning Man (Black Rock Desert, Nevada)
Run with the bulls (Pamplona, Spain)
Road trip across Canada
Hop a train
Take my parents on an international trip

Fitness

Go skydiving (6/28/15- Calhan, CO)
Complete a triathlon, sprint distance or greater
Take horse riding lessons
Become proficient in a martial arts discipline
Learn to surf
Complete a trail race (8/14/16 – Leadville 10k)
Hike an entire state’s section of the Appalachian Trail
Become proficient in three styles of dance (1/3- Swing)
Compete in an Olympic lifting competition (10/18/14- Colorado Springs Open)
Snatch 91kg/200lbs

Music

Take someone to a drum corps show that has never been to one (7/9/2016- Drums Along The Rockies)
Attend a deadmau5 show
Spin one show as DJ at a club or bar
Play baritone in an ensemble again
Make an album’s worth of tracks in Fruity Loops (or other production software)
Learn five full songs on piano
Learn five full songs on guitar

House and Home

Have a garden and grow my own produce
Have a wall in my home covered with soccer scarves from the places I have been
Have a coffee table that has my collection of ticket stubs under glass
Make a (nice) beer pong table just for the pure fun of the game (not necessarily just drinking) and host a tournament with friends

Sports

Attend or visit:

World Cup match
Top-level soccer match in every European nation (as recognized by UEFA) (0/54)
A home game for every MLS club (6/20- CLB, COL, NYRB, ORL, SEA, SJ)
Baseball Hall of Fame (Cooperstown, New York)
Hurling match in Ireland
Aussie Rules match in Australia
International cricket match
Olympic Games
CrossFit games
All three Triple Crown races (1/3- 2012 Belmont)
Red Sox game at Fenway Park (Boston, Massachusetts)
Hockey games at all 7 Canadian NHL Arenas (0/7)
Ohio State game at every Big 10 stadium (3/14- IndianaNebraska, Ohio State)
LSU football night game at Tiger Stadium (Baton Rouge, Louisiana)
Notre Dame football game at Notre Dame stadium (South Bend, Indiana)
Tennessee football game at Neyland (Knoxville, Tennessee)
Bowl game in which Ohio State plays
Kansas basketball game at Allen Fieldhouse (Lawrence, Kansas) (01/18/14)
Duke basketball game at Cameron Indoor Stadium (Durham, North Carolina)
Penn basketball game at The Palestra (Philadelphia, Pennsylvania)
An NCAA Tournament (basketball) game