May 2009

How to Save a Life

Number 1 on my Living To Do list is “Save a Life.” Some friends have even told me that I’ve done this for them, in various ways, but I would say that’s pretty much an exaggeration! Ideally my saving a life would be rescuing someone out of human trafficking—my dream is for that to end forever—but I have no idea how I could do that. Still, it could happen.

If you want to save a life, there are a number of things you can do to get it crossed off your Living To Do list. Try one of these or add your own.

Learn CPR and first aid. Then you’ll be ready to save a life in many situations. Try your local Red Cross or other health services to find a training near you.

Donate blood, marrow, or partial organs. You can also become an organ donor and have your organs donated to people after you die. This is absolutely life-saving.

List to Do- 11 Items

Slowly Getting Checked Off

I won't lie to you, when I was in college, my list was all about sex. It would have made Dan Savage proud. One by one as I slowly ticked off my list, it lost its luster and didn't have the same resonance for me. I couldn't articulate it, but I wanted something more. I resolved to improve myself, maybe with books, but since I was already an extremely active reader, I decided that this really wasn't fair either. Hopefully this list, which I am now formalizing at this very minute, is a little more interesting, broadened, and applicable to people outside of myself.

1.  Capture my Grandpa on video talking about his life, so that I can show the world how great he really is.

2. Take a safari in Africa somewhere, sometime, but preferably one in which I am not in grave danger or in a situation where I am forced to use my lightning-fast running skills to out-run leopards and/or cheetahs.

3.  Take a month-long road trip to the south-west of the United States.

Start Your Own Living To-Do List!

Things to Do Before I Die... Living To-Do. Dream List. Whatever you call it, you’ve probably either thought about one or started one of your own. It’s a list of things—whether 5 or 5,000—you want to do in your lifetime. It’s fun, simple enough for anyone to do, and helps you set some goals while having some fun in your life.

Here at Living To Do, you can post your whole list, or links to your list (perhaps you have a 100 in 1,000 project already in progress?). Suggest things for others to do—and link them to things on the web if they exist. If you have a cool idea to share or that you made up, post it, too, and tell if you did it, how to do it, whatever you want to share.