About five years ago,
I read a blog on the internet that planted a seed inside me.
It was a list, called The Impossible List, compiled by Joel Runyon.
He compiled a list of all the things that he thought were impossible for him to achieve at that moment. And from then on, he set out to accomplish all these goals. With an enduring spirit of challenging his limits, he kept accomplishing all his crazy goals one after another.
He is a truly inspiring human being.
I’ve been trying to compile an Impossible list of my own.
It took some time (4 years!) and a lot of courage to get ready to share it with you publicly.
So today, to celebrate the 100th post of my blog that incidentally coincides with my birthday,
I am going to share my impossible list with you.
My Impossible List
– Visit every state and Union territory in
– Visit every continent
– Run to Bhutan
– Cross an international border on a
– Ride a bicycle to the highest motorable
road in the world
– Street perform at a tourist attraction and
raise money for charity
– Become a certified Scuba Diver
– Jump off a plane
– Jump off a cliff with a bungee cord
– Run a Half Marathon
– Run a Full Marathon
– Run an Ultra Marathon
– Learn to swim
– Swim 1km, 2km, 3 Km
– Complete a Half Ironman
– Finish a Full Iron Man
– Learn to do a Handstand
– Walk 25m on hands
– Do 100 consecutive push-ups
– Do 25 consecutive pull ups
– Learn to Unicycle
– Walk on a slack-line forwards
– Walk on a slack line backwards
Writing/ Content Creation
– Publish a free E-Book a year
– Write one book a year
– Feature on a music album a year
– Publish a collection of poetry in a l
language I don’t speak yet
– Write a short film script and assist it.
– Start my own music channel on
– Earn 1000 dedicated followers on my
– Do a collaborative project with another
artist every year
– Create ‘Tribe of Compassion’
– Start a social business enterprise
– Share my best work for free
– Be featured on the Wikipedia page of gift
– Start a mentoring program based on Gift
– Start a volunteering space accessible to
– Start a Volunteering movement
– Learn to read, write and speak 6
– A shipping container home
– An Earthship
I’ll add more to the List soon.
Now, I am off,
To accomplish all that I think is Impossible.
More power to you !
My bike ride uphill was already in its 7th hour. I was ascending towards the mighty mountain pass named ‘ Khardung La’ arguably, the highest motorable all weather road in the world. I had reached an elevation above 5200 meters. Oxygen was scarce and I had to push my bicycle at times just so that my heart rate stayed under control. Patiently, with all my soul, I moved on. Past a hair pin bend, I saw a milestone: ‘Khardungla – 1km’ Excited to know that I will be at the highest motorable road in the world soon, I got on my bicycle and pedalled onward. After 15 minutes, I, with my racing heart, finally reached the summit. I felt an inexplicable calm at that moment. I had anticipated that I would jump and sing after achieving such a challenging goal and crossing out one of the tasks on my Impossible list. But I felt tranquil and meditative. At that moment, I wondered,’Have I changed as a person because of this achievement?’ ‘Am I any different at the summit as compared to who I was at the last milestone?’ To my heart, there wasn’t any difference at all between the two states of being at the two different places. Then I extrapolated this thought further. ‘How was I any different at the last milestone as compared to the second last milestone?’ ‘Extrapolating further, how was I any different at the beginning of the ride uphill as compared who I was at the summit?’ I realised that I was much stronger in my mind at the beginning than at the end. To dare to bicycle up Khardung La is no mean feat. Especially when you don’t know the terrain, the temperature is low, the UV rays are burning your skin and you…