My Impossible List


I made a bucket list but never got around to doing anything on it. So I scratched the bucket list in favor of an Impossible List (inspired by Joel Runyon, who wrote the world’s first impossible list).

Here’s the difference between an impossible list and a bucket list. A bucket list is safe, realistic and boring. An Impossible List is the stuff that didn’t make it on the bucket list because you thought you’d never be able to do it. The challenging stuff. The stuff you watch great men and women do, but never thought you’d be able to achieve.

I check things off as I do them. If you’d like to do any of these with me, email me and we’ll tackle it together!

The list

  • Become financially independent by 42
  • Speak Spanish fluently
  • Speak Mandarin fluently
  • Not tell a lie for an entire year
  • Run a 5k in under 17 minutes
  • Run 800m in 1:53
  • Swim a mile
  • Bench press 250 lbs
  • 100 consecutive pushups
  • Break dance extremely well
  • Eliminate ALL tension in my neck and upper back
  • Not buy anything plastic or wrapped in plastic for an entire year
  • Live on the west coast of New Zealand and earn money by fishing with big nets that you and another person carry into the water on foot then pull back to shore by hand to corral some fish
  • Start an accelerator for non-profits
  • Write a book
  • Die with no possessions
  • Blacksmith a sword
  • Fast for 5 days
  • Go camping alone for 30 days. Live mostly off the land.
  • Make an entire electronic rock album
  • Play this song on the guitar
  • Be the lead singer and drummer (at the same time) of a band
  • Be the voice of a character in an animated movie
  • Practice meditation with monks for a month
  • See the Northern Lights
  • Go to outer space and look back at the Earth

  • :) ok, I think I’m going to write my own list now

    ps. I paused a full three Mis-sis-sippis before writing that. Seemed fitting…

  • awesome! thanks for the inspiration to start my own list! wanna race?

  • Love this. Do it.

  • Diana Wright

    Shane…just got a chance to see this and I love the idea. All it takes is a thought, emotion and action to do each one of the impossibles. And let me know when you play live Jesse Cook songs :)

  • christaavampato

    What a fantastic idea! If thinking impossible things was good enough for the Queen of Hearts, it’s good enough for all of us!

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