The List of Impossible Dreams

Fitness Feats

Misc. Fitness Challenges

  1. Complete Tough Mudder 5K
  2. Complete Tough Mudder Half
  3. Complete Tough Mudder
  4. Complete Toughest Mudder
  5. Complete World's Toughest Mudder
  6. Complete Spartan Sprint (blog post)
  7. Complete Spartan Super
  8. Complete Spartan Beast
  9. Get Spartan Trifecta
  10. Complete Spartan Ultra Beast
  11. Do Hurricane Heat
  12. Do Hurricane Heat 12 Hour
  13. Do Agoge
  14. Complete GoRuck Light
  15. Complete GoRuck Tough
  16. Complete GoRuck Heavy 
  17. Complete Navigator Core
  18. Complete Navigator Z
  19. Complete Navigator Legacy 
  20. Complete GoRuck Ascent
  21. Complete GoRuck Selection 
  22. Bike across the USA
  23. Complete Red Bull 400 


  1. Run a 5K
  2. Run a 10K
  3. Run a half marathon
  4. Run a marathon
  5. Run an ultramarathon
  6. Do a super sprint triathlon
  7. Do a sprint triathlon
  8. Do an Olympic triathlon
  9. Do a half triathlon
  10. Do an Ironman triathlon
  11. Do an ultra-triathlon
  12. Do a century ride
  13. Complete Badwater Cape Fear
  14. Complete Badwater Salton Sea
  15. Complete Badwater 135
  16. Get Badwater Ultra Cup
  17. Complete Silver State 508
  18. Get AdventureCORPS Cup
  19. Complete Badwater Cerro Gordo
  20. Complete Tahoe Trail 
  21. Complete Wilmington Whiteface 
  22. Complete Austin Rattler Run 
  23. Complete Austin Rattler MTB
  24. Complete Barn Burner
  25. Complete Lutsen 99er
  26. Complete LT 100 Run Training Camp
  27. Complete Camp of Champions 
  28. Complete Leadville Stage Race
  29. Complete Leadville Trail Marathon 
  30. Complete Silver Rush 50 MTB 
  31. Complete Silver Rush 50 Run 
  32. Get Silver Queen
  33. Complete Leadville Trail 100 MTB 
  34. Complete Leadville Trail 10K 
  35. Complete Leadville Trail 100 Run 
  36. Get Leadwoman
  37. Complete Atacama Crossing
  38. Complete Gobi March
  39. Complete Sahara Race
  40. Complete The Last Desert 
  41. Get 4 Deserts Club
  42. Get 4 Deserts Grand Slam 


  1. Hike the Appalachian Trail
  2. Hike the Continental Divide Trail
  3. Hike the Pacific Crest Trail
  4. Complete the Triple Crown
  5. Hike the Inca Trail
  6. Climb Mt. Everest
  7. Hike the Five Great Mountains of China
  8. Hike all 14ers in the contiguous USA
  9. Hike the Haute Route
  10. Hike the Overland Track
  11. Hike the 46 Adirondack High Peaks
  12. Hike the 7 Summits
  13. Hike all the Great Walks in New Zealand


  1. Learn self-defense
  2. Learn to rock climb
  3. Learn parkour
  4. Become a yogi
  5. Become a black belt in Krav Maga


Extreme Sports

  1. Go bungy jumping (blog post)
  2. Go skydiving
  3. Go paragliding
  4. Go hot air ballooning
  5. Go scuba diving
  6. Go snorkeling
  7. Go ziplining
  8. Go zorbing
  9. Go parasailing
  10. Go kitesurfing
  11. Go surfing
  12. Go whitewater rafting
  13. Go cliff jumping
  14. Go hang gliding 
  15. Get skydiving license


  1. Go on a volunteer trip abroad
  2. Go on a missions trip abroad
  3. Study abroad
  4. Live abroad for a year
  5. Do the ideal road trip across America
  6. Do the ideal road trip across America--cities edition
  7. Do the ideal road trip across Europe
  8. Do the ideal road trip across South America
  9. Visit all seven continents
  10. Visit all 50 states
  11. See the Olympics in person
  12. See the New7Wonders of the World
  13. See the New7Wonders of Nature
  14. See the New7Wonders Cities
  15. See the World Cup in perso


  1. Participate in College of Wizardry
  2. Participate in Fairweather Manor
  3. Participate in Demeter 
  4. Participate in Convention of Thorns 
  5. Participate in Legends of Arabia: The Quest of the Pearl Tribes
  6. Participate in College of Wizardry: The Challenge 
  7. Participate in Roadtrip 
  8. Participate in Skull & Crossbones 
  9. Participate in Battleship
  10. Participate in College of Wizardry: Winter Banquet
  11. Participate in College of Wizardry: Nibelungen 
  12. Participate in New World Magischola: First Semester
  13. Participate in New World Magischola: Second Semester 
  14. Participate in Bothwell School of Witchcraft 

The Mind


  1. Attend a TED conference
  2. Give a TED talk
  3. Get a bachelor's degree
  4. Get a master's degree
  5. Get a PhD
  6. Get into an Ivy League

Art and Culture

  1. Act in a movie
  2. Go to BookCon
  3. Go to Book Expo America
  4. Go to San Diego ComicCon
  5. Learn to ballroom dance
  6. Go to an Expo
  7. See Eurovision in person
  8. Be in the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade


  1. Read all of C. S. Lewis' books
  2. Read all of J. R. R. Tolkien's books
  3. Read the Greatest Books: Fiction
  4. Read the Greatest Books: Nonfiction 
  5. Read a book from each Nobel Prize for Literature winner
  6. Read all Pulitzer Prize-winning books
  7. Read all Hugo Award-winning books
  8. Read all National Book Award-winning books
  9. Read all Newbery Medal-winning books
  10. Read all Printz Award-winning books



  1. Be vegetarian for a month
  2. Be vegan for a month

Crazy Dishes

  1. Try frog legs
  2. Try snails


  1. Swim with sharks
  2. Swim with dolphins
  3. Experience weightlessness
  4. Be on a reality TV show
  5. Start a charity
  6. Participate in GISHWHES
  7. Become ambidextrous
  8. Get EMT training


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