Try Before I Die

Many, many years ago, one of my homeroom teachers made us write down the 100 things we wanted to do before we died.  Just how long ago?  She lived in Berkley and taught school in mini skirts and love beads.  She was our favorite teacher.  That original list was full of things like:  marry Keith Partridge and wear make -up.  Its been updated a few times, mostly to remove ridiculous wishes or add some new thing.  About ten years ago, I stopped taking things off once I’d done them.  Irrational fear that once I lined out that last entry, death was imminent.  Here’s the current list in case you’re interested: (those things in BOLD are done.

  1. Attend a book signing, mine.

  2. Take a “roots” tour of Scotland.

  3. Own a convertable.

  4. Take ballroom dance lessons.

  5. Write a check for 1 Million Dollars.

  6. Bungee jump.

  7. Act in a Play.

  8. Drink one bottle of every wine made in Ohio.

  9. Write a book.

  10. Teach the grandgirls to walk with books on their heads.

  11. Attend a renaissance faire.

  12. Learn to golf.

  13. Mentor a young writer.

  14. Fit into a size 10 after 40.

  15. Edit a bestselling book.

  16. Build a fish pond.

  17. Tour the french quarter.

  18. Send Pap to fantasy baseball camp.

  19. Learn to crochet.

  20. Own a set of Luis Vitton luggage.

  21. Meet Oprah Winfrey.

  22. Learn to make pottery.

  23. Own a dressmakers dummy.

  24. Build a straw fence.

  25. Acquire a dressing room.

  26. Learn to make stained glass.

  27. Have a chauffer in my employ.

  28. Drive cross country along the coast.

  29. Start a writers group.

  30. Learn to paint with oil paints.

  31. Eat in a 5 star restaraunt.

  32. Buy something from Tiffany’s.

  33. Stay in a five star hotel.

  34. Attend a political rally.

  35. Learn to build furniture.

  36. See all 5 kids graduate from college. 

  37. Sell an article to a newspaper.

  38. Sell an article to a magazine.

  39. Sell a short story.

  40. Write a children’s book.

  41. Learn to tole paint.

  42. Tour Germany, Pap’s old haunts.

  43. Live in a forest.

  44. Spend a month in Greece.

  45. Fit into a pair of New Religion Jeans.

  46. Build a library in my house.

  47. Build a conservatory onto my house.

  48. Tour England.

  49. Live on a beach.

  50. Go to Disneyland.

  51. Have an adult slumber party.

  52. Meet Jeffery Deaver.

  53. Go to Disneyworld.

  54. Spend New Year’s Eve in New York.

  55. Visit Australia for a Barb encounter.

  56. Make a ball gown.

  57. Write a blog.

  58. Live on the top floor of an art gallery.

  59. Own a cat.

  60. Paint a floor.

  61. Learn to play tennis.

  62. Go to California for a “roots” visit.

  63. Make $100,000 a year.

  64. Build a brick patio.

  65. Own a dog.

  66. Vacation in Colorado.

  67. Have a website.

  68. Own a horse.

  69. Tour the Louvre.

  70. See a play on Broadway.

  71. Win an election.

  72. Grow my hair past my waist.

  73. Get an eye lift.

  74. Own a Vera Wang party dress.

  75. Cruise the Carribean.

  76. Tour Italy.


7 Comments Add your own

  • 1. sunfloweroptimism  |  November 4, 2006 at 7:47 am

    “Buy something from Tiffany’s.”

    This one’s easy, Kat! Reeeally easy 😉

  • 2. katcampbell  |  November 4, 2006 at 10:06 am

    I just have to get to New York. Sunflower, it doesn’t count if I do it over the internet! Hey, you’re from New York! We may have to work out a deal.

  • 3. Gela Words  |  November 12, 2006 at 1:40 am

    Hey, you want to bungee jump just like me. It’s something I’ve always wanted to do, but I do notice that as I get older, the thougt makes me really afraid. But I still want to do it as well as run with the bulls in Spain.

    Man, you’ve certainly made use of wordpress, your blog is muy interesante con mucho paginas!

    (Gosh, something is telling me that ‘pagina’ is not the spanish for ‘pages’)

  • 4. katcampbell  |  November 12, 2006 at 3:01 am

    Bungee jumping looks like such a rush, it make break all my bones, but I’m going to try it someday! You run with the bulls, Gela, and let me know how it was, I’m adverse to horns up my bottom.

  • 5. Canterbury Soul  |  June 17, 2007 at 8:36 am

    i’m envious of you. you only have so few things to try, and you’ve already completed a couple of them. i shudder everytime i think of my much longer list.

    i like your blog here and will come back for more.

  • 6. Stephen Prosapio  |  February 20, 2008 at 4:19 am

    I did the one on here that I bet the fewest people have….#21. Not only met her, but was interviewed by her.

    So Kat, will you edit my books gratis in the chance that one of them becomes a best seller?

  • 7. katcampbell  |  February 20, 2008 at 5:45 am

    Stephen – Interviewed by Oprah? In my world you’ve become royalty! In consideration of my slush pile…I have a better chance of seeing you reach the list than what I’ve got so far. Sure, gratis edit on me.


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