Hold Nothing Back

I started blogging nearly two years ago. One of my first posts included the publication of my bucket list. Within the post, I ask a seemingly simple question – why do we hold ourselves back?

As you create a bucket list, the idea is not to limit yourself to accomplishing a set number of goals. Instead, the process forces you to think about your main priorities. Are you spending time where it truly matters?

In the upcoming months (and years), I want to dedicate my time and energy on the following goals:

  1. Take a cooking class
  2. Learn how to play the guitar
  3. Run a half marathon
  4. Fly on a private plane
  5. Attend a wine tasting
  6. Donate my hair to Locks of Love
  7. Learn a foreign language
  8. Attend the Olympic Games
  9. Walk the Great Wall of China
  10. Go snow skiing
  11. Write a novel
  12. Be an extra in a movie
  13. Walk across the Golden Gate Bridge
  14. Drive across the U.S. from coast to coast
  15. Donate blood
  16. Have a photograph published
  17. Start a blog
  18. Practice yoga
  19. Earn my MBA
  20. Tour a brewery
  21. Backpack through Europe
  22. Volunteer in a mentor program
  23. Stay up for 24 hours
  24. Sleep on a beach
  25. Attend Oktoberfest in Deutschland
  26. Pay for a stranger’s groceries
  27. Have my palm read
  28. Buy a round of drinks for strangers
  29. Go camping (legitimate camping)
  30. Own 200 records
  31. Write an article for a major publication
  32. Buy something I’ve vowed never to buy
  33. Learn how to juggle
  34. See a movie in a theater by myself
  35. Have a picnic in Central Park
  36. Eat a pint of ice cream in one sitting
  37. Meet a musician (major)
  38. Buy something off of e-bay
  39. Fall in love, unconditionally
  40. Own a dog
  41. Ride a train
  42. Kiss a stranger
  43. Gamble in Las Vegas
  44. Go to Disney World
  45. Take a photograph every day for a year
  46. Learn how to surf
  47. Create a personal website
  48. Take a random road trip
  49. Sleep in a hostel
  50. Shoot a gun
  51. Go for a run in the rain
  52. Experience public transportation
  53. Prepare an entire meal for a group of friends
  54. Visit my homeland (Japan)
  55. Vote in a major election
  56. Own a bicycle
  57. Run a 5K in under 22 minutes
  58. Go to the top of the Empire State Building
  59. Visit England
  60. Go sky diving
  61. Walk across the Brooklyn Bridge
  62. Drink at an authentic Biergarten
  63. Give up something for a year
  64. Travel to all 50 states
  65. See the Grand Canyon
  66. Go to the top of the Eiffel Tower
  67. Attend a major music festival
  68. Go whitewater rafting
  69. Live abroad
  70. Start a business or non-profit organization
  71. Teach a college-level course
  72. Go vegetarian for a month
  73. See the Constitution/Bill of Rights
  74. ake a painting class
  75. Go sailing
  76. xperience Mardi Gras in New Orleans
  77. Keep a journal
  78. Spend a Christmas working in a soup kitchen