Farewell 2015 … Welcome 2016 … 127 things you could do …

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When John Goddard was 15 years old he wrote a list of 127 goals he wanted to achieve in his life. The list was entitled “My Life List”. It included things like climbing the highest mountain, exploring the longest rivers, reading the entire Encyclopedia Britannica and many other “not so easy” goals. He died in 2013 at the age of 88 years old after “numerous edge-of-death experiences” and accomplished 109 of his life goals.

Here is his “Life List”:

No. Achieved Goals Comments


Nile River


Amazon River
3  Done Congo River
4  Done Colorado River
5 Yangtze River, China
6 Niger River
7 Orinoco River, Venezuela
8 Done Rio Coco, Nicaragua
9  Done The Congo
10  Done New Guinea
11  Done Brazil
12  Done Borneo
13  Done The Sudan
14  Done Australia
15  Done Kenya
16  Done The Philippines
17  Done Tanzania
18  Done Ethiopia
19  Done Nigeria
20  Done Alaska
21 Mt. Everest
22 Mt. Aconcagua, Argentina
23 Mt. McKinley
24  Done Mt. Huascaran, Peru
25  Done Mt. Kilimanjaro
26  Done Mt. Ararat, Turkey
27  Done Mt. Kenya
28 Mt. Cook, New Zealand
29  Done Mt. Popocatepetl, Mexico
30  Done The Matterhorn
31  Done Mt. Rainier
32  Done Mt. Fuji
33  Done Mt. Vesuvius
34  Done Mt. Bromo, Java
35  Done Grand Tetons
36  Done Mt. Baldy, California
37 Carry out careers in medicine and exploration (studied premed, treated illnesses among primitive tribes)
38 Visit every country in the world (30 to go)
39  Done Study Navaho and Hopi Indians
40  Done Learn to fly a plane
41  Done Ride horse in Rose Parade
42  Done Iguacu Falls, Brazil
43  Done Victoria Falls, Rhodesia (Chased by a warthog in the process)
44  Done Sutherland Falls, New Zealand
45  Done Yosemite Falls
46  Done Niagara Falls
47  Done Retrace travels of Marco Polo and Alexander the Great
48  Done Coral reefs of Florida
49  Done Great Barrier Reef, Australia (photographed a 300-pound clam)
50  Done Red Sea
51  Done Fiji Islands
52  Done The Bahamas
53  Done Explore Okefenokee Swamp and the Everglades
54 North and South Poles
55  Done Great Wall of China
56  Done Panama and Suez Canals
57  Done Easter Island
58  Done The Galapagos Islands
59  Done Vatican City
60  Done The Taj Mahal
61  Done The Eiffel Tower
62  Done The Blue Grotto
63  Done The Tower of London
64  Done The Leaning Tower of Pisa
65  Done The Sacred Well of Chichen-Itza, Mexico
66  Done Climb Ayers Rock in Australia
67 Follow River Jordan from Sea of Galilee to Dead Sea
68  Done Lake Victoria
69  Done Lake Superior
70  Done Lake Tanganyika
71  Done Lake Titicaca, S. America
72  Done Lake Nicaragua
73  Done Become an Eagle Scout
74  Done Dive in a submarine
75  Done Land on and take off from an aircraft carrier
76  Done Fly in a blimp, balloon and glider
77  Done Ride an elephant, camel, ostrich and bronco
78  Done Skin dive to 40 feet and hold breath two and a half minutes underwater
79  Done Catch a ten-pound lobster and a ten-inch abalone
80  Done Play flute and violin
81  Done Type 50 words a minute
82  Done Make a parachute jump
83  Done Learn water and snow skiing
84  Done Go on a church mission
85  Done Follow the John Muir trail
86  Done Study native medicines and bring back useful ones
87  Done Bag camera trophies of elephant, lion, rhino, cheetah, cape buffalo and whale
88  Done Learn to fence
89  Done Learn jujitsu
90  Done Teach a college course
91  Done Watch a cremation ceremony in Bali
92  Done Explore depths of the sea
93 Appear in a Tarzan movie
94 Own a horse, chimpanzee, cheetah, ocelot, and coyote (Didn’t own a chimp nor cheetah)
95 Become a ham radio operator
96  Done Build own telescope
97  Done Write a book (About his Nile trip)
98  Done Publish an article in National Geographic Magazine
99  Done High jump five feet
100  Done Broad jump 15 feet
101  Done Run mile in five minutes
102  Done Weigh 175 pounds stripped
103  Done Perform 200 sit-ups and 20 pull-ups
104  Done Learn French, Spanish and Arabic
105 Study dragon lizards on Komodo Island (Boat broke down within 20 miles of island)
106  Done Visit birthplace of Grandfather Sorenson in Denmark
107  Done Visit birthplace of Grandfather Goddard in England
108  Done Ship aboard a freighter as a seaman
109 Read the entire Encyclopedia Britannica (Has read extensive parts in each volume)
110  Done Read the Bible from cover to cover
111  Done Read the works of Shakespeare, Plato, Aristotle, Dickens, Thoreau, Rousseau, Conrad, Hemingway, Twain, Burroughs, Talmage, Tolstoi, Longfellow, Keats, Poe, Bacon, Whittier, and Emerson (not every work of each)
112  Done Become familiar with the compositions of Bach, Beethoven, Debussy, Ibert, Mendelssohn, Lalo, Liszt, Rimski-Korsakov, Respighi, Rachmaninoff, Paganini, Stravinsky, Toch, Tschaikosvsky, Verdi
113  Done Become proficient in the use of a plane, motorcycle, tractor, surfboard, rifle, pistol, canoe, microscope, football, basketball, bow and arrow, lariat and boomerang
114  Done Compose music
115  Done Play Clair de Lune on the piano
116  Done Watch fire-walking ceremony (In Bali and Surinam)
117  Done Milk a poisonous snake (bitten by diamondback during photo session)
118  Done Light a match with .22 rifle
119  Done Visit a movie studio
120  Done Climb Cheops’ pyramid
121  Done Become a member of the Explorer’s Club and the Adventure’s Club
122  Done Learn to play polo
123  Done Travel through the Grand Canyon on foot and by boat
124  Done Circumnavigate the globe (four times)
125 Visit the moon (“Someday, if God wills”)
126  Done Marry and have children (had six children)
127  Done Live to see the 21st century


I have never written down a “list” myself but I’ve got an idea of the few things I want to do. I hope the above list from John Goddard can be an inspiration to some and maybe you could write your own “life list” starting from 2016.

Thanks a lot to all my readers and followers for their ‘likes’ and support. It’s been a fun ride till now. Wish you all a great year 2016 and may you succeed in your endeavours!


Babylovedictionly Yours



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