So what is this 999 Experiences all about?
It lately dawned upon me that life is unbelievably short. At the time of writing this and starting this website I am 38 odd years old, but in my mind still very much a 25 year old. The last thirteen years have been a flash and increasingly it is becoming clear to me that the best years of my life to pursue the things that’s really important to me is getting less and less. The other sad reality is that increasingly friends and family that’s approximately my age are increasingly doing less fun activities, falling prey to the a comfortable, domesticated and ultimately boring lifestyle which they will probably maintain until their kids leave the house or at retirement.
Please don’t get me wrong, a lot of people choose and want this perfectly model average, middle-class life of rearing kids, pursuing a steady career looking forward to a comfortable retirement. However, this is a bizarre model for one’s life- the whole retirement model. It is as if people are always waiting to pursue their real interests for one day such as when they retire. They postpone life for some day later instead of actively pursuing their real dreams in an on-going basis. Now as I mentioned, there are certainly a number of people that want their lives based on this model, but I cannot believe that so many people consider this the way things are meant to be. That’s just silly. The reality for most people is that by the time they do get to retirement, even early retirement, they are too tired, too sick and exhausted from having worked themselves to death for thirty to forty years that they are not able to enjoy their lives for much afterwards.
My ambitions are different. I want it all. There is no reason why that cannot be the case. I want the career, the relationships, the money, the experiences, the travelling, the business – and most importantly, I want to live NOW. It is insanely short sighted to pursue only one or two of these for the gross part of one’s life. If I cannot have all of these, I’d gladly settle for some of them, provided that I can have a fun-filled, rich of experience life whilst I am young enough to do and enjoy it.
To get to the point. 999 Experiences is my bucket list, so to speak. It is an exercise to see whether I can have and document nine hundred and ninety nine experiences and goals during my life. There is no time-limit on these and they are not all pre-specified. I will make a lot of these up as I go along. At the outset I have specified around 300 just off the top of my mind. Things I could think off at the outset. Already, just ten tick marks into the process and my mind is starting to go wild as to other experiences I can have.
The rules are following:
- Not all experiences are going to be big achievements. Some of these would be simply to visit interesting tourist attractions in the places I visit. The idea with these is to force myself to actively experience as many things as possible whenever I travel, and to keep an eye out of interesting and worthwhile experiences wherever I go.
- Some of the experiences are going to be epic, difficult, and will require plenty of work and preparation to accomplish. I have had a number of these experiences up to this point. I will in fact back-fill and document several of these even though were not achieved after the initiation of this project. I am proud of these accomplishments and want to have them part of the track record.
- All experience will have to be documented in a basic site entry. This is because I want to keep it up as a sort of diary – a record and history of what I have done at some point in my life. It also forces me to read and document some aspects of the place or the experience I pursued.
- All the experiences and tick marks must be real. This is not about bragging to anyone with made-up bull shit accomplishments to impress others. As such, every tick mark accomplished will be accompanied with some of the pictures or video clips I took myself. This also makes for a very good and interesting way to save and display all my own photographs over time.
Throughout the site I am using a Nom du Plume, that of Tyler Durden, the controversial and anti-establishment character of Brad Pitt in the epic movie Fight Club. The reason this being is that a number of the trips, activities and pursuits I intend to have and ultimately document on this site may have a negative connotations to them in the bigger business and social environment I live in. This then, is to give me a minimum level of anonymity. The choice of this character is however directly related to the philosophy of this character in the movie and many of my own sentiments towards the fact that I want a live, and that I want to live it now. If you have not seen the movie, do yourself a favour and do. Consider some of its famous quotes, and you’ll understand to some extent the reason for this site.
- “The things you own end up owning you.”
- “It’s only after we’ve lost everything that we’re free to do anything.”
- “You’re not your job. You’re not how much money you have in the bank. You’re not the car you drive. You’re not the contents of your wallet. You’re not your fucking khakis. You’re the all-singing, all-dancing crap of the world.”
- “People do it everyday. They talk to themselves. They see themselves as they’d like to be. They don’t have the courage you have, to just run with it.”
- “I see in fight club the strongest and smartest men who’ve ever lived. I see all this potential, and I see squandering. God damn it, an entire generation pumping gas, waiting tables; slaves with white collars. Advertising has us chasing cars and clothes, working jobs we hate so we can buy shit we don’t need. We’re the middle children of history, man. No purpose or place. We have no Great War. No Great Depression. Our Great War’s a spiritual war… our Great Depression is our lives. We’ve all been raised on television to believe that one day we’d all be millionaires, and movie gods, and rock stars. But we won’t. And we’re slowly learning that fact. And we’re very, very pissed off.”
- “Listen to me! You have to consider the possibility that God does not like you. He never wanted you. In all probability, he hates you.”
- “Do you know what a duvet is? It’s a blanket. Just a blanket. Now why do guys like you and me know what a duvet is? Is this essential to our survival, in the hunter-gatherer sense of the word? No. What are we then? Right. We are consumers. We’re the bi-products of a lifestyle obsession.”
- “First you have to give up, first you have to know… not fear… know… that someday you’re gonna die.”
So there we go, let me go and have fun. I hope for those of you that stumble upon this site will be inspired to have a little bit of fun of their own. Mail me if for whatever reason something on this site inspired you to have an experience or two for yourself.