The second incarnation of my blog
Esquire has released a list of the 83 Things Every Man Should Do Before He Dies. It’s worth a look, but not to follow. I don’t agree with all of them and don’t actually understand some (it is an American sliest after all), so I’ve amended them. This isn’t MY bucket list, it’s merely a list of suggestions for other people to steal and amend as they see fit… or not.
1. Take down that wall. Rip up a floor. Fell a tree.
2. Lose weight without talking about it.
3. Take one stunning train trip. The more nights, the better.
4. Pre-emptively say, “I’m sorry, too” when in the midst of a vicious argument with a loved one. Works only once per relationship. But it works.
5. Spend an uncomfortable amount of money on a really good suit.
6. Make a pilgrimage to Iceland. Go there for the nature. Go there to camp. Go there for the sunrises and the sunsets and the stars at night. Go there to find yourself.
7. See a band’s last show ever.
9. Drive a 4-wheel drive off road.
10. Love something other than yourself. Like a dog. Or even a person.
11. Write a poem. Make it about whatever you’re feeling about whatever you’re seeing in your mind’s eye. A person. Someone you love.
12. Make an incredibly important decision very quickly. One example: go from single to married in six whole days, like this guy
13. Develop a personal uniform.
14. Learn to tell a joke. When in doubt, mock the powerful, not the powerless. And focus on the things that everyone hates or loves. One tip: Everyone hates Congress – even Congress.
15. Get lost somewhere.
16. Change someone else’s tire without having to be asked.
17. Offer a public toast to your father, in the presence of your father.
18. Write a country song.
19. Take a season off work.
20. Climb a mountain – make it a tall one or there’s no point.
21. Quit your job. Especially if you are miserable.
22. Put your phone down and go incommunicado.
23. Make enemies! Stand for something.
24. Sleep outside, next to a fire.
25. Try really fucking hard to be great at one thing.
26. Live your nightmare. Chris Jones’s nightmare was doing standup comedy, and he’s lived to write a whole story about it.
27. Learn how to make a great cocktail.
28. Make something with your hands.
29. Swim naked.
30. Sing for your supper. Like literally sing to strangers in the hopes they toss change and maybe even some bills in your hat.
31. Meet your hero, if you have one.
32. Talk to your relatives. About his life before you knew him. Sooner rather than later.
33. Master a skill with your nondominant hand, like shaving or brushing your teeth.
34. Believe in something fervently, with every fiber of your being; then believe in its opposite.
35. Read any novel you “read” in high school.
36. By the way: you need not do any of these things no matter what anyone says: Learn a foreign language. Watch The Wire. Run a marathon. Develop character by setbacks. Fast for longer than theologically necessary. Have a picnic. Work at a standing desk. Visit a sex club. Attend the Super Bowl. Join any given social-media platform. Count your lucky stars. Drink absinthe. “See the world.”
37. Do something incredibly interesting and refuse to monetise it.
38. Have a pair of shoes made.
39. Run for office, win or lose.
40. Don’t have a life list. Keep on like before—travel, eat, go places—until the things you’ve done, rather than the things you’ve yet to try, define the man that you are.