Impossible List

I learned what an impossible list is soon after finishing my junior year of high school. I knew having a place to list and cross off life goals would be powerful, so I created one of my own.

The world’s first impossible list was put together by the mastermind behind the concept, Joel Runyon, but the first one I came across was Thomas Frank’s. Like theirs, mine consists of things I want to accomplish in all corners of my life.

Things are crossed off as I make them happen and new items are regularly added. Sub-goals wait patiently under their main counterparts as added challenges once I’ve completed the prerequisite goal(s).

Nothing is too audacious to be included here.

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Recently Completed Items

  • Travel: Apple Park [Sept. 17, 2018]
  • Travel: Go on a weeklong cruise [Carnival Glory; Dec. 29, 2018 to Jan. 5, 2019]
  • Travel: Leave the United States for a week [Cayman Islands, Honduras, Belize and Mexico; Dec. 29, 2018 to Jan. 5, 2019]

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Activities

  • Travel by airplane
  • Ride in a hot air balloon
  • Skydive
  • Drag my knee cornering a motorcycle
    • Elbow
  • Backflip a motorcycle
  • Race motocross again
    • Win a race
  • Spend a weekend camping with minimal technology
    • Week
  • Play drums with Dave Lombardo
  • Appear on TV (I’ve been in the background a few times…)
  • Wait in line for new iPhone on release day
    • In New York City
  • Finish a 24-hour race on a video game [Le Mans on Gran Turismo 4; 2011]
    • On Project CARS
    • On iRacing
  • Write a book
    • Reach New York Times Best Seller list
  • Give a TED talk [TEDx Oxford High School; March 4, 2017]
  • Be in a talent show [Drums to Holy Wars by Megadeth; Nov. 28, 2016]
  • Tip $100
  • Enjoy a fun day with a homeless person
  • Do the CN Tower EdgeWalk
  • Go parasailing [February 2011]
  • See the northern lights

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Events

  • Indianapolis 500 [May 27, 2018]
  • Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach [April 7–9, 2017]
  • Rolex 24 at Daytona
  • Mobil 1 Twelve Hours of Sebring
  • Sahlen’s Six Hours of The Glen
  • Motul Petit Le Mans
  • 24 Hours of Le Mans
  • Spa 24 Hours
  • Bathurst 12 Hour
  • Monaco Grand Prix
  • Daytona Supercross
  • Las Vegas Supercross
  • World Series
  • Super Bowl
  • NBA Finals
  • Stanley Cup Finals
  • Kentucky Derby
  • New Year’s Eve in Times Square
  • NASA launch at Cape Canaveral
  • Presidential inauguration
  • Carnaval in Brazil
  • Coachella
  • Olympic Games

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Habits

  • Wake up by 6 a.m. daily for a week
  • Take a cold shower daily for a week [Sept. 11–17, 2016]
    • A month [Feb. 28 to March 29, 2017]
    • Three months [Feb. 28 to May 28, 2017]
    • Six months [Feb. 28 to Aug. 26, 2017]
    • Nine months (Best so far: 223/270 days)
  • Read 50 pages daily for a week
  • Plan next day nightly for a week
  • Journal nightly for a week
  • Sleep by 11 p.m. nightly for a week

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Health

  • Drink 88 oz of water daily for a week
  • Meditate daily for a week
  • 50 push-ups
  • 50 sit-ups
  • 15 pull-ups
  • One muscle-up
  • Bench 1.5 times my body weight
  • Dead-lift two times my body weight
  • Run a 5K [On the treadmill 😆 ; Thanksgiving 2017]
    • In under 30 minutes
  • Run a 10K
  • Run a half-marathon
  • Run a marathon

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Life

  • Live 18 years [March 16, 2017]
    • 20 years
  • Get a job [Pizza store; August 2016]
  • Obtain driver’s license [Sept. 10, 2017]
  • Buy a car [2014 Chevrolet Cruze; Sept. 6, 2017]
  • Buy a place of my own
  • Get married
  • Have a kid

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Professional

  • Blog once weekly for a month
  • Obtain media credential for a race [Events]
    • At three racetracks
    • Five
    • 10 [Sonoma Raceway; Sept. 14–16, 2018]
    • 15 (So far: 10)
  • Obtain photographer’s vest for a race [Acura Sports Car Challenge at Mid-Ohio; May 3, 2018]
    • Publish an article with an action shot I took
    • Make money taking pictures of race cars
  • Be on a podcast [The Braking Point and others previously]
    • Be a guest on a podcast other than my own
  • Break a story by myself
  • Handle PR for a racing driver, team or series
  • Generate $2,000 in a month
  • Generate $30,000 in a year

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Skills

  • Photography
  • Dance
  • Snowboard [Winter 2012]
    • Black diamond [Winter 2014]
      • Double black diamond
    • Do a 180°
  • Ski
  • Drive a stick-shift car [Sept. 1, 2017]
  • Coding
    • Create a mobile app

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Travel

  • Leave Michigan
    • Step foot in every U.S. state
  • Leave the United States [Bahamas and Canada]
    • For a week [Cayman Islands, Honduras, Belize and Mexico; Dec. 29, 2018 to Jan. 5, 2019]
    • Two weeks
  • Step foot on all seven continents (So far: 1/7)
  • Go on a cruise [Carnival Fantasy; February 2011]
    • Weeklong [Carnival Glory; December 2018/January 2019]
    • Two-week
  • Swim in every ocean
  • Spend an entire year traveling
  • Niagara Falls [July 2013]
  • Disney World [August 2015]
  • Disneyland
  • Hollywood [April 10, 2017]
  • Apple Park [Sept. 17, 2018]
  • Indianapolis Motor Speedway [Aug. 26, 2011]
  • Daytona International Speedway
  • Circuit de la Sarthe
  • Mall of America

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