Why I Am Making A List Of 100 Adventures.

If you are like me, you have those few things that you have always wanted to do. My list includes: driving across country, visiting every state, visiting every continent, and seeing the Northern Lights. The creation of this “bucket list” provides a concrete guide of what to do before you die. This has always been a morbid way of looking at it. Rather than seeing a checklist before death. I prefer to look at it as a list of things that will remind you how to live.

This past weekend I was Stage Managing Tedx Asbury Park. This conference is a meeting of some interesting thought leaders all centered around a particular theme. This year’s theme was passion. Here I met a man named Sebastian Terry who talked about his website: 100things.com.au . The whole premise of his website is to provide a platform for people to create and manage their own lists.

What makes the site special is the community. I spent a good portion of the day sifting through the site and the community is strong. The site offers a way for people to experience their list items together providing encouragement and sometimes even funds to help. Lists includes Jacky from Hong Kong who wants to go to a nude beach, Roberto from Berlin who wants to get arrested and, now, The Boy with the Bear who wants to take swing classes. You can become friends with each other and become part of each other’s adventures in a way that only the internet can allow.

Meeting Sebastian ignited a fire, so I decided to start my own. Here are the 3 reasons why I made my adventure list:

1. It Helps Me Best Indecision.


Deciding what to do sucks. I don’t want to decide which restaurant to go to or what me and my friends are going to do this weekend. It’s a lot of pressure, especially when you need to decide on the spot. What if I had a document that I filled with a series of things I want to do?

Having it already predetermined allows me to have something to fall back on in times where your mind is cloudy or the pressure is on. I can pair this with a technique that is similar to how I described besting boredom previously, and create a powerful tool. So I can say, “When I can’t decide what I want to do one night, I will pull out my 100 Things and do one the next one available to me.” This allows me to have a clear structure in place. Tools like this help make adventuring easy.

2. It Reminds Me That I Have Dreams.


The Everyday and the Mundane is distracting. That is just what life is. I always get caught in a string of unintentional tasks that need to get completed. The more the days and weeks and months go on, the easier and easier it is to forget about the things that I want. In their place I accidentally ended up living a quarter of my year for someone else. Having a list of things you want to do helps to remind you of what you want.

The list are goals. So if I review it periodically I have the ability to realign my perspective. This can help remind me I do have dreams and can live a life working toward them.

3. I Get To Track Your Progress and Gamify


Who doesn’t like to see progress? Part of the reason I used to get caught up in different video games and gaming apps is because of the constant witnessing my progress. By listing out my 100 Things I can work toward them and watch me move forward one thing at a time. I like what Steve Kamb at Nerd Fitness does. He helps to Gamify his list(quests) by assigning each experience points and watching your character leveling up.

Progression is a motivator for me. Momentum is huge and the more I see myself completing different tasks, the more I ask myself, “Okay, what’s next?” Recently I went on an amazing trip to Utah with one of my best friends. Before we even left we were loving it so much that we were trying to decide where to go next. Progress and experience is addicting. I will use my list to tap into that.

So these are why I plan to use my list to help me adventure even more. I intend to fill the list up with a series of one day, weekend and even lifelong adventures for me to complete. It may take me a little while to get to 100, but even while I compile my list I will start to check off certain things. Sooner than later I hope to complete everything on my list and then make another one. It’s fun that life works that way.

So I challenge you to make make a list. Is 100 too much? No problem. Write down 10 things you have always wanted to do and start working towards doing them. Add more as you can. Nothing is to short or too small. And if you need help, there is always a community out there looking to help at 100things.com.au .

Do you have a list of things you wish to accomplish? How far along are you into it. I would love to hear from you in the comment section below and if you like what you are reading I encourage you to follow me. I will be posting every Monday and the next post will be on 6/4. So thank you for your time! Go find an adventure today!

More soon.

John Latona Jr., The Boy with the Bear.

3 Suggestions to Finding Day to Day Adventure

People do not like to be bored. Yet far too often we spend our free time doing the same things we always do. Recently I spent an entire day by myself. My phone was off, I packed lunch and some snacks and drove out to a reservoir at a nearby park. There I sat by a fountain, constantly getting hit by the spray I just sat there writing. It was great. I felt refreshed and clean by the end of the day.

Finding time like this is difficult. I am a freelancer. Admittedly, I have more flexibility than the average person. However, I am never at a lack for important things to fill my calendar. Work demands, family responsibilities, bills and  errands pepper my calendar always. Despite that, I’m here to suggest three actions you can take today that are highly effective at increasing the time I have available for the things that provide relief from boredom and allow me to fill my life with day-to-day adventures. They are:

1. Ride the Wave of Motivation:

A few weeks back I was discussing with my friend that I wanted to take a topography and map reading course. I am notoriously bad at navigating and I am tired of getting lost on trails. I got home that day and sat on my computer and remembered that conversation. So I found myself on REI.com checking their schedule of courses.I signed up on the spot.

Had I not done that the odds of me signing up would have dropped significantly. If you want to try new things you need to ride the wave of motivation as they come. Because the new does not like to come to fruition. Your lizard brain wants to keep you on the couch or at your computer doing nothing out of the ordinary. It wants your to be comfortable.

Use the motivation when it come and act on it and make sure you:

2. Schedule it:

Put it on your calendar. It is proven that you are more likely to do something that is on your calendar. By keeping things open-ended you give the universe thousands of opportunities to get in the way. By scheduling it you have created a commitment to yourself, to a teachers or class, to your wallet (if the event costs), or perhaps to friends or colleagues. You have incentive to follow through.

Scheduling it creates accountability and allows you to say, “Sorry I have a commitment,” if something tries to take that time slot. Of all of the habits I am proud to have fostered, this one is the most effective for my productivity. By scheduling almost everything I have been able to hold myself accountable in a way that I never have before and those grand workout plans and classes that I have always wanted to take actually find their way into my life.

This is all because I have been able to:

3. Prioritize them:

You get home from work. You make dinner and you eat. Then you sit down at the computer or television and watch hours of YouTube videos and baking shows. I recently asked my father why he does not draw anymore. His answer? I don’t have time. Shenanigans. I told him to find time. He scoffed at me asking, “Where am I supposed to find time?”

What I was too afraid to say was, “How about during the 4 hours of TV you watch every night after work?”

Everyone has the same amount of time in a day. What do you want to spend your time doing? You can spend four hours watching TV. That is fine, but do not complain that you do not have time to write or draw or run or garden. You do, you just chose to do something else instead. What your prioritize is your own choice. I respect whatever priorities you have selected.

I challenge you to take some of that time you spend on TV or searching the internet and read or write or go for a walk. You may discover that you like the way you feel more when you get your mind and body moving. Or sign up for that course you’ve always been interested in and put it in your calendar. It may provide the inspiration you need to get your life moving toward the adventure you crave.

So do you practice any of these three actions already? Or better yet, do you have one I didn’t mention? Let’s compare.

More soon.

John Latona Jr., The Boy with the Bear