My Final Blog Post: A Draft

When telling people about my life list, they inevitably ask me what I will do after I finish it. Usually I play off the answer and joke that I will start real life. Recently, a particularly wise overhearer responded, “Don’t be a fool! What you are doing now is more real than what most people consider to be real life.”

Huh.

Below is a draft of the blog post I will write the day I complete my life list. Funny enough, I can almost write the entire post right now.

My Final Blog Post

I DID IT! I finally completed my life list! Holy F’ing crap balls, I did it!

Final Post

Looking Back

I traveled to dozens of countries, went to every major city in the world, attended every major sporting event, saw the world’s greatest art, transformed my body, altered my mind and through my contributions, made my little dent in the universe. During my journey, I got scared, excited, horny, nervous, saddened and inspired. I summited mountains, ran hundreds of miles, wrote a book, got listed on a patent and lived by myself in the wilderness for a month. I did all of this and today I am finally done. I completed my life list.

I look back now and see a stark contrast between who I am today and the boy I was before. I am more experienced, more open to love and above all else, happier. I have become the person I hoped to become someday.

After all of my life list successes, I have one key takeaway. I am humbled to say it but the accomplishments listed above didn’t help me find what I was looking for, that insight came from something entirely different.

While all of my list items did aid me in sustaining happiness, they merely acted as ignition sparks. They were not the fuel necessary to sustain a healthy glow. That source of fuel came from something much more important. It also came from something much easier to attain.

The real key to sustained happiness turned out to be spending time with the people I love. Without a doubt, the time I spent with my family and friends were the most important experiences of my life. I very rarely realized this at the time but it is immediately clear as I look back now. Love is the fuel necessary to sustain happiness.

So was pursuing my life list worth it?

Absolutely! No one ever looks back on their life and says they worked too little and explored too much. The process of completing my life list enabled me to finally stop making excuses. Times got stressful, plans got ruined, things became inconvenient and tickets got expensive but I kept making progress. Everyday I moved forward a little bit. It took everything I did to learn how to stop making excuses (even when the logic was sound) and realize that above all else I needed to live MY life MY way.

Looking back now, I realize I should have stopped working to maintain my current state of being and started earlier to focus my energy on changing and expanding my world.

I sit here at the finish line with a smile on my face. Like any circular path, the finish line is located at the starting line. Before I started all of this, the destination I reached today was within striking distance. It just took me an entire life list to be able to see it.

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  • Danny, it seems to happen more often than not, that I connect with you in your stories. I feel the emotion through your descriptions. Thank you, many times, for the inspiration that emanates from your being.

    Even further than your last blog post, do you plan on collaborating your works and releasing another book once your life list is complete?

    I’d really enjoy sitting down with you one day and speaking with you to gain more insight on my own life. At the ripe age of 23, I’ve had the mentality of ‘This is my life, and I’m going to live it how I want,’ for many years.

    I moved out to Seattle when I was 19, worked in the Union for 7 months, then I went back to Minnesota. It was then I realized I can’t stay in Minnesota the rest of my life, bringing me to Panama City, FL.

    For the past 2 years I’ve been practicing SEO while managing some badass PPC campaigns. I’m LOVING where I’m at in life, though I’m not loving where I’m at in the US. I loved Seattle and everything about it. When I first entered the world of Search Engine Optimization, I was introduced to seoMOZ.org by my good friend and colleague, Donnie Cooper- http://donniecooper.com.

    It was there I found some of the greatest minds in the SEO field, allowing me to branch out and find others like Malicoat, who I followed for a short while, until I met this guy, Danny Dover.

    You have been my inspiration to excel in the field of SEO. When you started Life Listed, it made me realize even more how great a position I had put myself in. I have a valuable skillset that I can honestly back up with experience in the field. I can do what you’re doing now. Beyond that, in the past 2 years, I have realized that I can learn ‘anything’ that I want to learn.

    Thank you Danny. Infinitely.

    • Hi Nathan!

      It has been great following your story as well. (The Internet isn’t one way :-p) I remember you and Donnie from my time at SEOmoz.

      “Even further than your last blog post, do you plan on collaborating your works and releasing another book once your life list is complete?”

      Yes I do! That is actually part of the reason I started this blog. It will be much easier to write if I have already had a chance to write a lot of the list items :-)

      Feel free to e-mail me any time (http://www.dannydover.com/contact/) and best of luck with your own journey.

      :-)

      Danny

  • When I first saw this, I thought, “Why is he quitting blogging?” But when I read the post, the title made more sense. I’ve seen a similar exercise recommended in several of the books I’ve read. It’s such a powerful one because it helps you to develop what it’s going to feel like when you reach your goal, one thing that can really help you to reach that goal in the first place.

    I just might have to take some time this weekend to do a similar exercise myself. Thanks for sharing!

  • Jen

    The best thing about this is that you have already realised what makes you happy, even before completing them. I love this post already and can’t wait to it to get posted for real!

    • Agree with Jen COMPLETEY! It’s great to see that you are so appreciative of all that you are achieving in the world… Since she and I live so close to London-next time you come to the UK we should find a joint bucket list adventure to do!

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