Your Bucket List – 100 Things to do Before you Die

A Bucket List of 100 Things?

I just saw Sebastian Terry (Seb) on TV being interviewed on a Saturday morning show. Just caught the end of the interview but it triggered my interest.

A 32 year old man more than half way through his Bucket List already? And an enormous list of 100, not your usual 10.

Many of his items remind me of the sort of activities we used to get up to at Uni in the 1960s when we had our Scavenger Hunts. I vividly remember one sign we stole GO BACK – You Are Going The Wrong Way…

Bucket List

 We used it later that year at the front of a public protest march against government policies of the day when Malcolm Fraser was PM.

One of the most adventurous “scavenges” that day was climbing the Dairy Farmers Building in Hunter Street, Newcastle and taking the flag on top. The winning team achieved that.

Have You Seen the Movie Bucket List?

A really funny movie made in 2007 starring Jack Nicholson and Morgan Freeman.

Two terminally ill men escape from a cancer ward and head off on a road trip with a wish list of to-dos before they die.

Here’s the trailer…


Well, seems that the idea for making such a list has been around for a few years, the name being derived from an old English expression from the 1700s to kick the bucket  meaning to die.

bucket list n. A list of activities and achievements that a person hopes to accomplish in his or her lifetime.

Example Citations:

According to Wayne Hasson, president of Aggressor Fleet, whale watchers can slip into the water there and snorkel with the 10- to 12-foot calves as their mothers watch from 40 feet below. ‘The baby will dive down and come back up to the surface,’ Mr. Hasson said. ‘It’s one of those things you have to put on your bucket list.’ —Allison Busacca, “6 Action Adventures in the Caribbean,” The New York Times, November 7, 2010

The New York City Marathon’s 2010 theme — “I’m in. We’re in” — is meant to convey that “everybody can be in,” said race director Mary Wittenberg, who is expecting 45,000 runners for Sunday’s event…Such inclusion has, for several years, extended to celebrities. Roker, an unlikely long-distance runner, put the marathon on his “bucket list.”—John Jeansonne, “New York Marathon takes the bucket list crowd,” The Toronto Star, November 3, 2010

Earliest Citation:

Scripted by Justin Zackham, “The Bucket List” refers to a wish list that two terminally ill men try to fulfill before each kicks the bucket. After they break out of a cancer ward, they head off on a road trip with an itinerary that includes racing cars, eating giant plates of caviar and slinging poker chips in Monte Carlo. —”‘Bucket’ Brigade,” Daily Variety, June 29, 2006


This phrase comes from the idiom to kick the bucket, meaning “to die,” which has been in the language since at least 1785. Here’s the earliest citation I could find that doesn’t refer to the movie The Bucket List, which popularized this phrase: Oh yes, my list of things I intend to do before I ‘kick the bucket’. —Kendra Puckett, “The Bucket List,” A Thousand Words.., December 28, 2006

The idea of making a bucket list is even becoming popularised in music.

Here is Nelly Furtado’s just released music videoBucket List


So Back to Seb’s 100 Things Bucket List

The Beginning Everyone has at least one thing they have to do before they die. Some even have a list. But how many goals and dreams on this list are actually achieved? In 2009, at the ripe-old age of 27, Sebastian realised that like most people, he has not achieved anything on his first long-forgotten list. The death of a close friend .. sparks a moment of clarity. In the midst of an overseas trip, Sebastian decides to put pen to paper and re-create a list of 100 Things. His goal, to tick off everything. It’s the start of a crazy, no holds barred adventure that sees Sebastian travel to the ends of the earth on a quest to prove that anything is possible, including true fulfillment. Along the way, Sebastian strives to raise $100,000 for Camp Quality (Item # 4), a great organisation creating happiness for children and families affected by cancer.


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After breaking the world record for “the most amount of eggs crushed with your big toes in 30 seconds”, 100Things was invited to share the story on Australia’s THE CIRCLE (Ch 10). I think they thought we were crazy!

One of his most amazing of the 100 Things on his bucket list is the naked skydive Seb did in France.

As Seb says on his blog…

Number 58- Naked Skydive

There is no doubt that free-falling from 4000 metres is a liberating experience but doing so with no clothes on surely accentuates this feeling of freedom. I had to try it!


naked sky dive

What Is On Your Bucket List?

Do you have one? I have a short list in my head and one I have written down for my WHY in doing online business.

Seb’s website, 100Things, is a wonderful source of ideas and suggestions. You can also see his timetable and perhaps help him achieve his 100 things, especially his #4, raise $100,000 for Camp Quality, a holiday camp for kids with cancer.

I’d love to hear some of your suggestions.

Til next time

Sue Tamani


  1. Greg McFarlane March 20, 2015
    • SueTamani March 20, 2015

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