“It’s kind of fun to do the impossible” – Walt Disney
The impossible list is NOT a bucket list. I used to settle for the possible things in life. The sure thing. The safe choice. It was safe, it was realistic and it was boring as hell. But there was a problem: everything that was “possible” was too easy. I needed a challenge.
The impossible list is that challenge. This list of impossible things contains all the things I ever thought I couldn’t do because it was “impossible.” The sort of things that I assumed the cool guys on TV only ever got to do. The things I never thought that I would be able to do.
This is my list of impossible things. I’m constantly crossing things off it as I accomplish them and adding to it when needed and I’ll be making regular updates about my journey on the blog.Maybe you’re bored, maybe you’re tired of simply attempting what’s considered “possible”, maybe you just want to try something different. This blog is for you.
Feel free to follow my journey via RSS or Email or start your own impossible list if you feel like it. If you do, send me an email and let me know. I’d love to hear about it what impossible things you’re doing. If you’d like to help make any of these impossible things happen – let me know – I’m all ears.
The Impossible List
- Change 1 Person’s Life For The Better
- Help 100 Entrepreneurs Better Their Lives Through Micro-Loans at Kiva.org [54/100]
- Fund 50 Kickstarter projects to help entrepreneurs start their Biznass [3/50].
- Run a 5k [Nov 1, 2009]
- Run a 10k [October 2, 2010]
- Run a Half Marathon [November 6, 2010]
Run a Marathon[May 15, 2011] [sub-4-hour]
- Run an UltraMarathon
- Run A TriathlonRun a Duathlon
- Run A sub 6-minute mile
- Learn parkour and make an awesome montage video.
- Get a six pack and do a photo shoot to celebrate.
100 consecutive pushups[April 14, 2011] [First Attempt]
- 200 consecutive squats [October 31, 2010]
- 50 Consecutive Pullups
- Do a Planche Pushup (Do 10)
- Do a Fingertip Planche Pushup (Do 10)
- Do 10 Handstand Pushups w/ Wall
- Do 10 Handstand Pushups w/out a Wall
- Run Tough Mudder
- Compete in the GoRuck Challenge
- Visit Every Continent
- North America
- South America
- Antarctica (and do something ridiculous here)
- Go Swimming in Every OceanTravel For 1 Year Straight
- Get a 2nd U.S. Passport
- Obtain dual citizenship with another country.
- Own a small flat in 4 different countries.
- Live on the beach in some tropical country for 3 months.
- Do A Cross Country Road Trip And Make a Film About It
- Do A Round-The-World Trip And Make A Film About It
- Visit Iguazu Falls
- Start Impossible Island
- Go without internet for a month [July 2009]
Go without a car for a month[February 2012 & Counting]
- Count & document all my crap
- Own less than 300 things
- Create a “Getaway” Backpack [I’m really excited about this]
Go Skydiving[May 1, 2011, June 3, 2011] Go Bungee Jumping[June 6, 2011]
- Go Scubadiving
- Go Paragliding
Go Parasailing[August 2009]
- Learn to Surf
Learn to Kitesurf[May 14th, 2012 – Puerto Plata, Dominican Republic]
- Bike Across America
- Be a Part Of A Flash Mob
- Climb a Volcano [Summer ’04 – Mt. Pacaya, Guatemala & May ’07 Kilauea, Hawaii] Maybe more?
- Go Zorbing
- Learn To Freedive
- Learn Windsurfing
- Go Indoor Skydiving
- Be an Extra in a Movie [November 12, 2010]
- Go to the airport and buy a ticket without knowing where I’m going.
- Get something named after me.
Events To Attend
Visit Burning Man And Document It
- Participate in Tomatina
Running of the Bulls
See The Northern Lights And Do A Time Lapse Film Of It
- Learn To DJ
- Learn to Fly A Plane
- Learn To Breakdance
- Create a video that gets international coverage
- Get To Space
- Go Slacklining
- Become Fluent In 4 Languages
Start my own marketing agency[December 12th, 2011]
- Make a full-time living online.
- Start an international company.
- Put $100,000 in the bank.
- Give $100,000 away.
- Create a million dollar company.
- Make Impossible HQ into a Business.
Speak at a Fortune 50 Company[Target HQ – February 17th, 2012] Create an Apparel Line[October 3, 2012]
- Take the
ImpossibleBrand Beyond Apparel
- Get Something Named
Impossible Start A Business Incubator.
- Write an e-book [RMG: December 25th, 2010] [Impossible Manifesto: December 6th, 2011] [Impossible TRI: February 28th, 2012]
- Publish a real physical book.
Start a successful blog 1,000 Subscribers
- 10,000 Subscribers
- 25,000 Subscribers
- 50,000 Subscribers
Alright, so after last weeks lack of motivation, I really feel like I need to try harder to inspire myself and others around me. So, here are some inspirational pictures to get us motivated! Now get out there and make your dreams happen!
Sorry for the huge picture dump! Hopefully one strikes a chord with you. I will do a separate post soon that features words of inspiration! Have a great day everyone 😀
Here’s a recap of week 3:
Mon: Rest + worked all day!
Tues: Rest + worked all day!
Wed: 5 miles
Thurs: 5 miles
Fri: Rest + work
Sat: 7 miles
Sun: Rest + work
And for week 4, I didn’t run at all until today (Sunday – 3 miles).
So……. the lesson to be learned from these awful two weeks:
I need to make time to run! I need to find the balance in my life and work on time management. Once my class in done in 2 weeks and work settles down it will get easier, but I need to stop making excuses! I need to live an excuse-free life! I also need to find the discipline to run consistently, or else I will never have enough training to succeed.
So, my goal this week is to RUN EVERYDAY and to find time and balance in my life.
I started running with a good friend of mine from high school who is finally home for the summer! I am so excited that he is supportive of my marathon goal and wants to help me get there! He is one of the only people so far who has actually been supportive, and I am so thankful for good friends like him!
Does anyone have advice for staying consistent in running everyday? Or for time management or self discipline? I could really benefit from any tips and tricks! One friend of mine on dailymile (facebook for runners!!! go check it out!!!) suggested that food is a great motivator.
Here is her trick: if you don’t run, you don’t get any sweets or junk food that day!
I think that is a great idea for me!!! I need to have a better diet and I need to run more, so this might help me balance both things!
So anyway, I am excited to start fresh this week and make up for some lost miles! Please let me know if you have any advice or tips for me! Have a great week 😀
So, I ended up taking a much longer break than anticipated. I worked the last 6 days, and just had NO energy whatsoever. I had no motivation to run, all I wanted to do was sleep. But after the past day or two of catching up on rest, I finally returned from my 4-day hiatus from running…. thank goodness! I really need some inspiration and motivation! But today I did a 5 miler while my little brother skateboarded nearby and kept my mind off of the running. It was a blast! We just told stories the whole time… I love that boy!!!! He’s growing up so fast… He’s only half an inch shorter than me!
Anyways, let me know if you have any inspiration tips and tricks, because I sorely need some!
I just started Born to Run last night in an attempt to motivate myself to run. I am only 10 pages in or so, but I’m hopefully going to read some more tonight! I also started The Pinball Theory of the Apocalypse today, I’m borrowing it from a friend. Andddddd I have a midterm and paper due Saturday that I haven’t started! Andddd I have orientation for work on Friday, my grandma flying in Saturday, and a million other things going on….. So we’ll see how the week goes!
Also, I just discovered a new blog that I like called Enjoying the Small Things (www.kellehampton.com). I am an avid reader of the Whatever blog (http://megduerksen.typepad.com/whatever/) because I love her photography so much! But I stumbled across a post on the former blog about making a weekly bucket list, and it really struck a chord with me. One of my favorite suggestions was “Pay for someone’s order behind me in the drive through line.” I think that’s such a neat idea! I’m going to try that before the week is over, and I’ll let you know how it goes! But it also reminded me of the current active project on one of my all-time favorite blogs BOOOOOOOM (http://www.booooooom.com/). I have followed this site religiously for at least 3 years and love everything Jeff Hamada curates. The active project right now is called Booooooom Challenges and it correllates with the weekly bucket list. Right now the challenge is “Buy someone else lunch for absolutely no reason” and before it was something along the lines of “Smile at a stranger today.” This really inspired me as well. So, without further ado, here is my weekly bucket list:
- Pay for someone’s order behind me in the drive through line
- Smile at a stranger
- Run 7 miles
- Have a family movie night
- Read for an hour a night
- Start an art project
- Start core and balance in my training
- Do all of the scheduled workouts this week!
I am hoping that even though these are small things, they will add up to be something big! I love making people smile and I hope that I can make the most of my time at home with my family, the most of my time at work by helping my coworkers and guests, and the most of my free time by doing things I love!
Thanks for reading!
My name is Kelly and I am a college student in Wisconsin, but I am from southern California. Over the past few years, I have been assembling a bucket list, and this spring I had the opportunity to fulfill one of my lifelong dreams and one of the top things on my bucket list: to run a marathon!
This spring, my college decided to compete against another college in the Lakefront Marathon this fall, on October 7, 2012. It was the perfect opportunity! I start grad school this fall, and I have all summer to train, so I had nothing to lose! I signed up a few months ago, and the 20 week training program started last Monday, on May 21st. I am going to record my progress, my hopes and aspirations, my inspiration, and the obstacles I encounter on this blog. I have another blog that is mostly pictures and artwork, so this blogging experience is new to me! I hope that this will help me get through the next 2o weeks of grueling training, and will inspire me to get through those last 26.2 miles!
I am so excited to start this journey and I have no doubts that I can finish my first marathon in a few months! I hope this blog inspires you to run, but more importantly I hope it inspires you to pursue the impossible, live life to the fullest, and to make goals and work towards them every day until you are successful! Thanks for reading, and I hope you enjoy the ride!