In a few months time, it will be a 2 years anniversary of when I got told that I might have cancer. A Lymphoid Malignancy to be exact. I’ve spent many, many posts dedicated to trying to get my head around not having an ultimate certainty that most 24 year olds have.
When you’re young, you kind of feel invinsible. Not in a Superman way – but in a – Oh yeah, let’s buy concert tickets for next year, or in 5 years we’ll buy a house sort of invincible. You make promises to do something awesome in the near future. In my case – I bought some plane tickets to NYC. My Doctor told me that I needed to cancel my trip.
And sure , the future is of course a never existing thing – a constraint of a “big picture” and no-ones future is ever a certainty – as you could get hit by a car or be in a natural disaster. But I’ve always thought I’d never make it to 30. I’ve always had this feeling that I wouldn’t live to be old. You can ask any of my friends from high-school, I’ve always said this. But I always assumed it would be a tragic bike accident or something, not an illness. I mean, it still could be a bike accident that kills me off, but you know?
What does this mean for me? This past year has just ruined my bigger picture over-all. But that’s not a bad thing necessarily. I think sometimes it’s better to focus on smaller pictures, and so that these smaller pictures can eventually add to a collage of a more interesting big-picture. “I’m on a roller coaster that only goes up, my friend.”
There is no shortage of fault to be found amid our stars. So, guys, I’m here for a good time, not a long time! Last year I was worried that I wouldn’t make it back to the USA again. I panicked and made a Bucketlist. And so here it is, this is an very incomplete, living list, re-evaluated, re-wrote. Over time, I’ll update it to add things I’ve forgotten and to cross off things I’ve accomplished.
Show an internationally renowned gallery Get published in a nationally-distributed print publication
- Be on the cover of a major magazine
- Stay in a new country/ one place for a full year
- Own a genuine William Powhida artwork
- Learn to properly carve wood
- Run a marathon (practicing 5-10k runs in prep for this)
- Sail South America
- Learn to cook (I can obviously cook, but I wanna be amazing & i’m beginning to learn the craft)
- Speak Italian fluently (Started this)
- Live in Italy for a whole year
- Get a drawing on the cover of the New Yorker
Go to the Big Sur
- Ride the trans-siberian railway from China to London
- Create something that touches a hundred million people
- See actual lava
- Experience not being super scared to check my bank balance
- Create a piece of life-saving research
- Actually finish University & get a job straight away into Radiotherapy & Oncology/Medicine
- Give away a billion dollars
- Learn to make proper awesome cocktails
- Teach/Learn at an Ivy League University
- Sit in the Oval Office
- Meet Obama
- Buy a round of drinks for an entire bar
- Visit all of Thailand
- Visit Japan, specifically Tokyo
Visit NYC Visit California Live in Brooklyn
- Live in Brooklyn again and for longer!
- See all 50 USA States! (up to 42 currently)
- Visit Patagonia
Teach at University level
- Write a sit-com
- Be in a movie
- Live in LA or San Francisco
- Have my work printed in a Taschen Published book
- Work for a cool start-up
- Bike at least 1 part of the Tour De France
- Find Love
- Visit Hawai
- Travel First class on a plane & not pay to do so
- Do what you love
- Love what you do.
Go to New Orleans Draw a TEDx Talk
- Sleep on a beach & look at the stars
- Go to a SNL live recording
- Skateboard down a San Francisco hill.
- Go to Bali
- Learn to Snow Board
- Live in Canada
- Make a positive difference
- Do something worth-while for others
Things that should always be strived for:
– Be loved
Be a better person
– Be thankful for every day and all the amazing friends I have.
– Do what you love, and LOVE What you do (continue)