Sunday, September 09, 2007

What do you want to do before you die?



[matt young and fellow swim upstreamer willie cromack]

awhile back, i took the time to make a list of all the things i wanted to accomplish before i died. i thought of this exercise as a way of focusing my energies and daily directions towards worthy things, shared it with my closest friends and invited those with parallel goals to join me in my pursuits.

wow. the response was overwhelming. more importantly, i would recieve their ambitions and plans and find out how many we shared in common and how many i was missing from my list. as we depart for halifax tomorrow morning early, i want to leave you all with some inspiration (hopefully) on what can happen when you surround yourself with like minded people.

if you have not taken the time to do this sort of thing, you should. i am more than happy to share mine with you. as well, if anyone on this swimupstream team see's something that i am doing that they would like to... please, don't hesitate to come along!

BID Goals.
* denotes completed.

Personal
• Get pilots license (1998)*
• Renew pilots license
• Get FAC certification(firearms) (1998)*
• Get NSCA certification
• Get Padi Certification (1998)*
• Own Suburban (1997)*
• Own pick up truck (2005)*
• Bring jeep back down from lake (2006)*
• Drive Jeep in city (2006)*
• Purchase Mac computer*
• Own motorcycle (1997)*
• Own ski boat (2004)*
• Own skidoo (1997,2003,2005)*
• Own atv (2000)*
• Overnight boys trip on atv’s
• Own a dirtbike
• See a Nascar Race (2006)*
• See a World Cup game
• See a Grey Cup game (2000)*
• See a Superbowl game
• See a National championship (2002,2006)*
• See a county concert (1998)*
• Drive a Nascar
• Skydive (1998, 2006)*
• Bungee Jump (2006)*
• Hang glide
• Parasail
• Fly in fighter jet
• Visit Sweden
• Visit France & Italy
• Visit India
• Crash a wedding
• Dive trip to Australia
• 2 day 40th b-day party!
• Surround self with great friends (2006)*
• Volunteer time with kids or elderly

Physical
• Canada West all star (1998)*
• run 10k (1997)*
• run 10k under 40 mins
• run ½ marathon (1998)*
• run ½ marathon under 1:30
• run marathon (1999, 2003, 2004, 2006)*
• run marathon in 3:30 or less
• complete duathalon (1998, 1999, 2000)*
• complete triathlon (2002, 2003, 2005, 2006)*
• complete ½ ironman (2005, 2006)*
• complete ironman (2003, 2005)*
• complete ironman in under 11:30
• complete adventure race (1997, 1998, 2001, 2004)*
• place top 3 in an adventure race (2004 *2)*
• complete 24 hour adventure race (2006)*
• complete 3-5 day adventure race
• sub 4hr test of metal (2006)*
• complete the ultra test of metal (2004)*
• cycle from Vancouver to Kelowna (2006)*
• cycle Seattle to Portland (2006/ 07)*
• cycle across Canada 07*
• cycle from house to the lake
• cycle mt Haleakula (2004)*
• cycle Moab (2006)*
• cycle l’Alpe Duez (tour de france)
• cycle la-ruda (Costa Rica)
• cycle Trans Rockies (Alberta)
• cycle tyax lodge (vancouver)*
• swim Mable Lake (2003, 2004, 2005 / 2006 / 2007)*
• hike Macchu Piccu
• hike Mt Kilimanjaro
• hike Everest
• hike Seymour (2006)*
• hike the Chief (2006)*
• hike Black Tusk (2006)*
• hike the Lions (2003, 2004, 2005)*
• hike Grand Canyon (2004, 2005)*
• See 7 natural wonders of the world [Grand Canyon*, Great Barrier Reef*, Mount Everest, Victoria Falls, The Northern Lights*, Paricutin Volcano, Harbor of Rio de Janero]
• See forgotten natural wonders of the world [Angel Falls, Bay of Fundy*, Igacu Falls, Krakatoa Island, Mount Fuji, Mount Kilimenjaro, Niagra Falls*]
• See 7 wonders of the Modern world [Empire State building*, Itaipu Dam, CN Tower*, Panama Canal, Channel Tunnel, North Sea Protection Works, Golden Gate Bridge*]
• Skidoo in Yukon Teritories (2005/ 06 / 07)*.
• 1 monster event with Joan
• hike mt Rainier
• hike the West Coast Trail

Emotional
• Write personal inventory (1998)*
• Create balance and reside (2006)*
• Continue to learn how to love (2006)*
• Remain even keel (2006)*
• Put past to bed (2006)*
• Communicate, communicate, communicate

Spiritual
• Be perpetually thankful. (2006)
• Study Buddhism
• Learn how to meditate
• Learn how to fly fish
• Visit Taj Mahal

Family
• Sporting trip with son’s
• Habitat for humanity
• Overnight camping trip with boys
• Take boys up Grouse Grind (2006/07)*
• Accomplish one of my goals with my mom
• Organize an entire family trip
• Take boys in Vancouver Sun Run (07)*
• Take boys to Club Med
• Dive trip with wife (2007)*
• Family to Egypt & Rome
• Be at all sports & academic events
• Coach kids sports (2006 / 07)*
• As many family trips as possible
• Plan yearly visits
• Stay on top of weekly calls
• Better effort with in laws.




Financial
• Never aim for monetary goal!
• Be debt free
• Own a house (1998)*
• Own a cabin (1999)*
• 1 million to charities (2006 / 2007)*

Business
• Own our own p.t. studio (1997, 2000, 2001, 2002, 2004)*
• Over 1 million in revenues (1998)*
• Expand into the USA (2000)*
• Franchise Innovative’s (2006)*
• Hire Me lectures and presentations*
• Parent companies self sufficient*
• Launch Events company (2005)*
• Create IF clothing line*
• 10 Innovative Fitness franchises.
• 100 000 prehab kits
• 250 000 hire me books

Intellectual
• Feature in paper (2005, 2006, 2007)*
• Feature in magazine (1998 / 2007)*
• Feature on television (2006/ 2007)*
• Feature in movie (2000)*
• Write a book (2006 *2, 2007 *2)*
• Create a blog (2006)*
• Write a weekly or monthly published column (2007)*.
• Public speaking (2007)*
• Write a screenplay
• Appear on Oprah or 60 minutes.
• Write book #3 (2007)*

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