Impossible List

The idea of an Impossible List originated with Joel Runyon and I learned about it from my friend Sam, who created a list of his own.

Unlike a bucket list, which catalogs activities to do at an indeterminate time in the future, an Impossible List challenges you to think beyond what is routine or commonplace and start making plans. Essential to me is that the points represent all areas of my life, including Professional, Fitness, and Travel goals. It’s easy to push lofty goals to the next day or next week or next year, so I am sharing my Impossible List here as a constant reminder to achieve my objectives and to hold myself accountable. Bolded items are in progress.

Professional Goals

  • Publish a personal website (April 2016)
  • Write 5 10 blog posts
  • Develop competency in computer networking (2016 - CompTIA Network+ certification)
  • Develop competency in computer security (2016 - CompTIA Security+ certification)
  • Develop competency with distributed/cloud-based systems (February 2017 - Read about my experience with the AWS Certified Solutions Architect - Associate exam)
  • Learn Python (In Progress)
  • Learn about Docker & containers (In Progress)
  • Learn about Kubernetes & orchestration tools (In Progress)
  • Contribute to an open source software project
  • Speak at a technical conference (April 2018 - Panel Speaker at Snowflake Computing's Cloud Analytics event)

Lifestyle Goals

  • Fight for digital freedoms and online privacy (January 2017 - Joined EFF)
  • Build my own PC / battlestation (Spring 2016 - 16GB RAM, GTX 970, 256GB SSD, 1TB HDD, dual boot Windows and Ubuntu (and dabbled with Kali Linux), 2 x 24" + 1 x 19" monitors) - humorous photo here
  • Buy or sell something via Bitcoin (February 2017)
  • Curate a hot sauce collection (Summer 2017 - 53 varieties)
  • Commission an original artwork
  • Own a self-driving car
  • Own a residential solar power system
  • Adopt a dog

Fitness Goals

  • Shoot under 85 in golf
  • Ski a double black diamond run (January 2013, Copper Mountain, CO)
  • Snowboard a double black diamond run
  • Learn boxing (In Progress)
  • Learn Brazilian jiu-jitsu (In Progress)
  • Achieve 7:00 (1:45 splits) 6:50 (1:42.5 splits) 6:40 (1:40 splits) time for 2km erg
  • Complete 30 40 pull-ups in a row
  • Complete 40 50 60 70 push-ups in a row
  • Learn to surf

Renaissance Man

  • Become an Estonian e-Resident (January 2016 - Read about my experience here)
  • Earn a pilot's license
  • Be invited to give a lecture at a university (January 2013 - "Earth Systems Technology & Management" course @ UVA)
  • Go one week only consuming food that I have grown, raised, caught, or hunted
  • Curate a personal library (500+ books) (In Progress - 210+ books)
  • Have a prominent role designing my future house
  • Own a share of a winery, brewery, or distillery
  • Participate in a protest (January 2017 - perks of living near the White House)
  • Work or volunteer in a war/conflict/humanitarian aid zone
  • Live "off-grid" for a week (no internet, cell phone, electricity)
  • Live on a boat for a week

Events

  • Attend a UVA basketball game in the NCAA tournament I had the misfortune of attending UVA's historic upset to a 16 seed in the 2018 tournament
  • Visit Mardi Gras (2014, 2015, 2016)
  • Visit Oktoberfest in Munich

Travel Goals

  • Visit all 50 states (In Progress - 42/50 - see map below!)
  • Visit Australia / New Zealand
  • Visit Brazil
  • Visit Europe (Summer 2014 (x2), Winter 2015, July 2017)
  • Visit China (November 2016)
  • Visit Japan (November 2016)
  • Visit Africa (January 2017 - South Africa)
  • Visit Nigeria
  • Visit Patagonia
  • Visit the Middle East
  • Go heli-skiing
  • Go on an exotic fishing trip
  • Plan a solo trip abroad

Countries I've Visited

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States I've Visited (42/50!)