A List for Life

Think. Write it Down. Then Do. 

After Phil's near death experience and reflecting on the importance of seizing the day, Phil decided to approach his life anew. With a reinvigorated ethic he wrote a list for life: a tick-box of things he wanted to do before he died. Below is the list Phil wrote when he was 19. After reading, click through to Phil's list NOW to see how Phil's list has evolved.

"The first list I ever made up was handwritten on the back of a brown paper bag... A lot of the things I wrote down on this early list involved thrill-seeking - and I've since come to understand what was going on. I was looking for a way to replicate that "rush" of coming face-to-face with death. It seems crazy, but when you have an episode like that, you come out feeling more alive than ever before - and for a while, I almost became hooked on trying to re-create that feeling by way of life-threatening stunts: I jumped, I dove, I strapped myself onto speeding objects.

Eventually, I would come to realize that there were many other ways to lead a fuller, more interesting life, without constantly risking my neck. And I also came to appreciate that a good List for Life should be more mature, emotionally richer, and much more varied than this one. (But hey, I was 19)." 

  1. Go back into that sunken ship
  2. Dive the world's largest underwater cave
  3. Hand-feed sharks
  4. Climb Mount Everest
  5. Walk on the wing of a Tiger Moth airplane
  6. Learn how to barefoot water-ski
  7. Go bob-sledding in Calgary (saw it on the Olympics, had to try it)
  8. Scuba dive on the Great Barrier Reef
  9. Set a world record for bungee-jumping
  10. Go to the top of an erupting volcano
  11. Get in the ring with a professional fighter
  12. Fly on a rocket into outer space


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