So the other day, following my usual trail of internet bread crumbs, I ran across someone saying, flippantly, “Oh, well, something else to do before you die,” on the subject of Brazilian waxing, and that got me thinking.
I’m young. (Eleven days to thirty!) I’m single. I have a car, if not much disposable income. Now is a great time to knock a bunch of things off that shadowy list of Stuff To Do Before Expiring.
Thing is…can’t find a list. I know that “100 Things To Do Before You Die” goes around as a meme now and again, but couldn’t locate one. I know that there’s a book of that title, but it’s all travel stuff, which isn’t really feasible at the moment–and anyway, I was thinking of the little things, the small, flippant stuff like “eat sushi” or “get a Brazilian wax” that make one a marginally more well-rounded person–or at least a person with more anecdotes to share!
But hey, we’ve got what–twenty-five hundred people reading this blog? And we’re all smart people of impeccable taste, right? RIGHT?
So, O blog readers! What do you think are some things–not major, life-shaking, to-be-contemplated-gravely-in-advance things, but small-to-medium things that everybody should do before they die?
CAVEAT THE SECOND: You don’t have to have done these to suggest them. Likewise, you can list something you’ve done already and just thought was a cool or well-rounded experience. Both are great. (Painful learning experiences, like “get falling down drunk,” are also valid, but may require appropriate labels.)
CAVEAT THE THIRD: We’re not talking major stuff here. No “raise a child,” or “save a life,” or “find god,” or whatever. I’m mostly thinking stuff that you can do in an hour, or a weekend, or on a whim. (Yes, yes, I know,you can find god in ten minutes, but then you have to feed and water him, and change the litterbox, and y’know…)
So, without further ado, a relatively even mix of stuff I’ve done and stuff I might like to do (and a few I probably won’t do, but somewhat regret) before I die:
ride a horse
ride a camel
bake a cake
dye hair a weird color
get a tattoo
fire an assault rifle
ride in a helicopter
pet a tiger
get a brazilian wax
swim in the ocean
get something pierced
eat an unusual species
volunteer at an animal shelter
write a love letter
write a poem
play a lengthy video game all the way to the end
have a facial
try to write a novel
place a personal ad
visit another country
attend a convention
stay up to watch the sun rise
ride an elephant
grow a plant from seed
sit outside in a thunderstorm
walk in the rain until thoroughly soaked
sweat in a sauna/sweat lodge/thingy
shovel snow (Hey, I didn’t say they had to be unmitigatedly fun!)
get a massage
walk barefoot on a beach (not all beaches are appropriate for this.)
have sex in a relatively public place (preferably without getting caught!)
grow hair very long
cut hair very short
collect eggs from chickens
take a spontaneous roadtrip
stop at a really dumb tourist attraction (i.e. Corn Palace, World’s Largest Ball of String…)
hike at dawn
stand behind a waterfall
drink a really expensive scotch
That’s fifty, and I’m out of immediate ideas. How ’bout you guys? Give me suggestions! What are the little dumb things that we all oughta try before we die?