#27 Try (Just a Little Bit Harder)

I’ve been keeping this list.

I call it “The Big List of Trying.”

It started as a reflection about my life as I near the half century mark. I guess I'm trying to quantify the sheer number of weird, wild, and whimsical experiences I’ve collected. I was curious about what's made me curious over the years. So I've captured things that I've done in the service of satisfying that curiosity - or in somehow advancing me on my quest for self improvement.

The list is long, and I’m sure, incomplete. My memory is also long, but selective. I can never leave well enough alone so I expect to make many updates, revisions, and re-classifications.

I like this list. It’s ambitious and eclectic. It’s hopeful, but a little heart-breaking. (So. Many. Diets.) And the stories. Whoa. The Stories.

So, I’ll publish the list here for your entertainment, but I’ll also be using it as a springboard for future entries. If you see a link, it’s because I’ve written about that already somewhere.

Feel free to let me know if any of these pique your interest for a future post. And, if you know me well enough, let me know what’s missing!

Cx

27/100

The Big List of Trying

Writing/Art

My first storytelling moment.

Pottery class

Screenwriting class

Musical theater

Storytelling

Guitar lessons

Writing songs

Writing poems

Singing in a bar band

Giving a keynote speech

Blogging

Irish Dancing (as a kid)

Other Classes/Courses

Aromatherapy/Essential Oils

Dream analysis

Baking class (pies, cobblers, and crumbles)

Cooking Class (New Orleans)

Kahn Academy (Chemistry: to see if I could finally learn to balance equations)

Financial planning

Workouts/Dance Classes

Aerial Yoga ca 2013

IntenSati

Cardio-dance

Ballet class

Ballet Beautiful workout

Buti yoga

Bikram (hot) yoga

Aerial yoga

Other Yoga (Hatha/Kundalini/Ashtanga/Yin)

Indoor Cycling

Running

Boxing

Ballroom dance

Swing dance

Tango

Surf Set (surfing inspired fitness)

Experiences/Thrills

That time I flew a plane, briefly.

Roller blading (it was the 90s)

Ice skating

Hiking

Skydiving

Bridge climb Australia

Milked cows on dairy farm

Snorkeling on the Great Barrier Reef

Sledding down a hill in a rowboat

Naked public baths (Japan)

Walking on hot coals (Tony Robbins)

Jumping off rocks into a natural “pool” (Costa Rica)

Horseback riding

Flying an airplane

Bike riding lesson (failed)

Polar Bear Plunge

Kayaking

Canoeing

Sailing lessons

Surfing

Stand Up Paddleboard

Zip lining

Accidental couples massage/spa treatments (more than once, in fact, so many times)

Japanese Tea ceremony

Taiko drumming

Spirituality/Personal Development/Body Work

Church

Ayurveda

Yantras

Ahimsa (Non-Violence)

Ayurvedic consultation

Chakra alignment

Shamanic healing

Spiritual Healers

Medium

Astrology

Sound healing/sound bath

Hydrotherapy (floating in a salt tank)

Acupuncture

Cupping

Ear candling

Chiropractic adjustment

Gratitude journals

Morning pages

Meditation: Japa Mala, visualization, theta healing, silence, Pranayama (breathwork)

Cacao ceremony

Wicca

Diets/Weird Food Stuff

Day 2 of a juice cleanse. I was delirious and ranting about how abusive coconut water is. ca 2014.

Juice cleanses

Slim fast

Weight watchers

Nutri-system

Jenny craig

Atkins

South beach

Low fat/high carb

Low carb/high fat

Cabbage soup

Baby food

Vegan cleanse

Intermittent fasting

Diet pills

Ayurvedic meal planning

Blood type

VB6 (vegan before 6pm)

Paleo

Keto

Whole 30

Meal delivery

Lean cuisine diet

Special K diet

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