Imagine. You've just learned that planet Earth will explode in six months. Or, a virulent parasite is wiping out the chimp population and it's beginning to strike humans--it's sure to be the worst plague in the history of humankind. What ever will you do during your last days on Earth?
Surely you've considered this scenario before. Who hasn't? Just what things should, could, or would you do if you knew your days on this planet were numbered
Then again, maybe you have years to go. There's so much to see, to learn, to give, to do. Where to begin?
Well, here's where. 2,001 Things to Do Before You Die is your fresh start. These ideas range from simple tasks to silly pranks, from charitable deeds to risky feats, from sweeping lifestyle changes to dramatic philosophical transformations, from the mundane to the sublime to the ridiculous.
Some of these ideas are easily achieved, others--or so the cynics will say--are nearly impossible to attain. But it is hoped that this list will inspire you to at, and--yes--to dream. Let it provoke you and prod you. Maybe it will even scare you into action. But for God's sake, use it to get off of your sorry butt and do something!
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Feel free to check off the entries as you complete them. Of course, exercise your best judgment when picking and choosing which ideas to follow. There are some occasions in life when being careful is a very good idea.
There are some blank spaces at the end of this list for you to add your own ideas. If you come up with anything particularly brilliant, why don't you send it on to The Stonesong Press, LLC, 27 West 24th Street, Suite 510, NY, NY 10010? Who knows, maybe the only thing you do will be to get your contribution in the next printing.
So, come on. Plunge in. Do something wonderful, ridiculous, crazy, or inspiring.
What are you waiting for?
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Be an extra in a movie
Learn the first five Amendments
See a green iceberg
See the aurora borealis from Denali
Travel at warp speed
Have dim sum for breakfast
Milk a cow
Donate some body parts
Become an eccentric billionaire and run for president
Rent an apartment on the Seine for two months
Catch a foul ball at a professional baseball game
Win the Palme d'Or at Cannes
Have multiple orgasms
Drink a mint julep at the Kentucky Derby
Pay for the next car at the tollbooth
Memorize Hamlet's "What a piece of work is man" speech
Skywrite a message to someone
Reconstruct a dinosaur
Pay off your school loans
Organize a food drive for the needy
Have your immigrant ancestors' names engraved on a plaque at Ellis Island
Get married at Cinderella's Castle at Disney World
I invent nothing, I rediscover.
Make a religious pilgrimage--to Mecca, Santiago de Compostela, Jerusalem, or Graceland
Master the pregnant pause and a deadpan delivery
Be a riot grrrl
Change your name to have all the letters in lowercase
Pay your parents back for college
Read Joyce's Ulysses without a trot
Hang-glide in Chamonix
Have pizza the way it was made in Bronx bars in the 1940s
Watch the sun set on SantorÓni
Shake hands with someone famous
Light a candle in the Holocaust Memorial museum's Hall of Remembrance
Swim in each of the Seven Seas
Learn to drive a stick shift
Master the art of letterwriting
Record a duet with Tony Bennett
Throw your panties at Tom Jones
Crush a beer can with one hand
Blow smoke rings
Be able to explain Einstein's theory of relativity
Get a professional makeover
Awake to the sounds of macaws or spider monkeys in a tropical rain forest