Bucket List

We are what we repeatedly do.  I am a firm believer in having a Bucketlist.  It’s not about doing crazy stuff for the sake of adrenaline.  It’s about living to your full potential every day.  It’s about being the best possible version of you. It’s about dreams, both great and small.  It is a mindset.  It is a way of life. Here is mine.

1. Set Foot on North America, South America, Asia, Europe, Australia, Antartica and Africa
2. Ride in a Hot Air Balloon – X (July 8th, 2007, Edmond, OK)
3. Personally Know Someone Famous – X (Carrie Underwood)
4. Dance with Miss America – X (Miss NSU 2005, Jennifer Berry)
5. Swim with a Dolphin – X (March 18th, 2008, Cabo San Lucas)
6. Learn a Foreign Language and Actually Use It
7. Have my Portrait Painted – X (December 23, 2010)
8. Watch a Space Shuttle Launch
9. Be an Extra in a Film
10. Skydive
11. Scuba Dive
12. Ride a Train – X (June 9th, 2007, Oklahoma City to Ft. Worth)
13. Be a Member of a Studio Audience
14. Send a Message in a Bottle and get a Response
15. Go to Space
16. Plant a Tree and Watch it Grow – X (April 22, 2010)
17. Learn to Ballroom Dance…Properly
18. Sit on a Jury
19. Write an Autobiography
20. Be Someone’s Mentor
21. Shower in a Waterfall – X (November 12, 2012, Yellowstone National Park)
22. Learn to Legitimately Play a Song on any Musical Instrument
23. Teach someone illiterate to read
24. Spend the night in a haunted place – X (February 24, 2012, The Crescent Hotel, Eureka Springs, AR)
25. See a Lunar Eclipse – X (March 3, 2007)
26. Spend New Year’s Eve in Times Square
27. Drive Across America Coast-to-Coast
28. Go Snow Skiing – X (Spring Break 2007, Breckenridge, CO)
29. Crash an extravagant wedding
30. Write my will
31. Sleep under the stars – X
32. Go white-water rafting – X (July 24, 2010, Canon City, CO)
33. Own my own house – X (April 13th, 2009)
34. Grow a garden and eat the produce
35. Have six-pack abs
36. Go Deep Sea Fishing
37. Spend time at a concentration camp
38. Create a Family Tree
39. Spoil my grandchildren
40. Catch a foul ball or home-run at a MLB game
41. Hit a hole-in-one
42. Run a marathon – X (April 26, 2009)
43. Swim with sharks
44. Experience weightlessness – no gravity
45. Go to a sumo wrestling match
46. See a tornado touch ground – X (When I was a kid)
47. Go to an active volcano
48. Go to a nudist colony
49. Travel on a safari
50. Ride a bull
51. Run with the bulls in Pamplona
52. Attend a Jewish wedding
53. Go to a Pow-Wow – X
54. Ride a cable car in San Francisco
55. Watch the Yankees-Red Sox in Fenway Park and Yankee Stadium
56. Try to make a guard laugh at Buckingham Palace – X (December 29, 2012, London, UK)
57. Walk a length of the Great Wall of China – X (October 23, 2010, Badaling, China)
58. Go to a drive-in movie theater – X (Aladdin, 1992)
59. See Mt. Rushmore – X (August 4, 2012, Keystone, SD)
60. Drive an 18-wheeler
61. Eat a meal from a world class chef
62. Crash a Hollywood Studio
63. Meet someone famous randomly
64. Spend a day in a spa – X (March 17th, 2008, Cabo San Lucas)
65. Walk the red carpet at a huge event
66. Stay at a 5-star hotel
67. See Stonehenge – X (December 30, 2012, UK)
68. Stand next to a pyramid
69. Ride a Gondola in Venice
70. Take a yoga class – X (June 28th, 2011, Tulsa)
71. Take a photography class – X (Summer Semester 2005, NSU)
72. Shake hands with a President
73. Learn how to sail
74. See the Northern Lights
75. Kiss on top the Eiffel Tower – X (January 1, 2013 – Paris, France)
76. Learn to Juggle – X (July 9th, 2008)
77. Get a tattoo – X (March 9th, 2008, Dallas, TX)
78. Crowd Surf at a rock concert
79. Bungy Jump
80. Save someone’s life
81. Get a book published
82. Get a standing ovation
83. Kill a wild game animal – X (December 24th, 2009, Oktaha, OK)
84. Make a clay pot
85. Relax in Tahiti for at least two weeks
86. Live abroad
87. Eat frog legs and gumbo and shrimp in the Deep South – X (November 27, 2007, New Orleans)
88. Snowboard
89. Be on a game show – X (Sept. 18, 2012 – Let’s Ask America)
90. Go treasure hunting
91. Be involved in a heist
92. Own a pet monkey
93. Land a flip on a wakeboard
94. Surf the waves in Hawaii
95. Enter a professional Ping-Pong tournament
96. Give my daughter away at her wedding to a man who deserves her
97. Watch the sunset on a beach on my honeymoon – X (March 19th, 2008, Cabo San Lucas)
98. Coach my son’s little league baseball team
99. Run my own successful business
100. Watch OU-Texas at the Red River Rivalry – X (October 11, 2008)
101. Walk across hot coals
102. Go to all 50 U.S. States

– States I have been to:
1. Oklahoma (lived there)
2. Texas
3. Arkansas
4. Kansas
5. Missouri
6. Iowa
7. Minnesota
8. Wisconsin
9. Illinois
10. Indiana
11. Tennessee
12. Ohio
13. New York
14. Massachusetts
15. Louisiana
16. Alabama
17. Mississippi
18. Florida
19. Colorado
20. New Mexico
21. Arizona
22. California
23. Nevada
24. Utah
25. Connecticut
26. New Hampshire
27. Maine
28. Rhode Island
29. Vermont
30. Georgia
31. Nebraska
32. South Dakota
33. Wyoming
34. Montana
35. Idaho
36. North Dakota
37. Kentucky
38. South Carolina
39. North Carolina

103. Be on a Reality TV show.
104. Be completely out of debt.
105. Go on a cruise.
106. Drive through a Redwood Tree.
107. Ride the Skycoaster at the Royal Gorge. X (June 24th, 2010 – Canon City, CO)
108. Go to the Summer Olympic Games
109. Have acupuncture
110. Visit the Hoover Dam – X (June 15, 2013 – Boulder City, NV)
111. Climb Chichen Itza
112. Stand beside the Christ the Redeemer statue X (June 21, 2012 – Rio De Janeiro, Brazil)
113. Walk around the Colosseum in Rome X (January 2, 2013 – Rome, Italy)
114. Visit Machu Picchu
115. Explore Petra
116. Take a picture in front of the Taj Mahal
117. Go to Dusseldorf, Germany and tour Eller Castle
118. Travel to the center of all religion, Jerusalem
119. Ride a Segway
120. Attend a World Cup Match
121. Go Ice Fishing
122. Take the Polar Plunge in a cold weather country
123. Give a commencement speech
124. Sleep on a Trampoline – X (June 5, 2012 – Fayetteville, AR)
125. Swim in every ocean
126. Fly an airplane – X (May 9, 2013 – Tulsa, OK)
127. Go to a NASCAR race
128. Have a street named after me
129. Tour the White House
130. Set a World Record
131. Get something patented
132. Catch a trout while fly fishing
133. Eat at a Brazilian Steakhouse in Brazil – X (June 21, 2012 – Rio de Janeiro, Brazil)
134. Visit an orphanage in a foreign country – X (June 22, 2012 – Campinas, Sao Paulo, Brazil)
135. Ride a Double Decker Bus in London – X (December 29, 2012 – London, UK)
136. Set atop the London Eye – X (December 29, 2012 – London, UK)
137. Get my Ph.D
138. Complete the Hawaii IRONMAN Challenge
139. Draw a charge from Nick Collison in a pickup basketball game
140. Give a speech to over 10,000 people
141. Ride the Roller Coasters on top of the Stratosphere in Las Vegas – X (June 13, 2013 – Las Vegas, NV)

Most recent accomplishments:

Ride a Double Decker Bus in London
Make a guard laugh at Buckingham Palace
Set atop the London Eye
Visit Stonehenge
Kiss atop the Eiffel Tower
Walk around the Colosseum in Rome
Ride the Roller Coasters on Top of The Stratosphere in Las Vegas
Tour Hoover Dam

The things on this list I will or want to accomplish soon are…
Write my Will
Skydive (Kristin’s wedding gift to me)
Finish my family tree
Six Pack Abs (Never thought it would be possible)
Bungee Jump

I have currently completed 45 on my list of 141…and if anything really cool happens to me I have no problem adding it to the list…I feel as if I accomplish most of the things on this list I will have had a really great life…


38 comments on “Bucket List

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  4. Alright, I’m pretty sure I can make #s 20 and 60 happen. I’ve always considered you to be someone to look up to and aspire to be like and have always been interested in learning more from you. If you have any mentee positions open, feel free to let me know. Also, my Grandpa drives an 18 Wheeler. I’m sure we could get you a crash course.

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    • That would be amazing. I promise you one thing…we will most certainly make it happen. It is a high priority. My favorite thing to do while traveling is to experience a culture with the local people. Vacations are fun and I enjoy seeing the sights, but I love interacting with people.

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  21. Ryan,
    I love your bucket list! Way to go man!!! You’re an inspiration to many people. I want to get a bucket list going. LOL! I’ve course I will need to speed through mine since I’m older. LOL! joking

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  25. Thanks for sharing Ryan, I got a lot of great ideas for my own list! From your website you seem like a wonderful man and an even better human being. Keep living the good life and making every second count.

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