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My Epic Quest

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(This post has been inspired by Steve Kamb at Nerd Fitness)

I recently read an article on Nerd Fitness where Steve Kamb had set out his goals for “levelling up” his life. He used the metaphor of Role Playing Games to make the concept manageable and put together a list of challenges or quests that could be completed to advance from one level to the next. He then decided that each quest would be worth 20% experience towards the next level, there would also be Master Quests that equated to 100% experience, and this became his ‘Epic Quest of Awesome’. I thought this was a pretty good idea, so using the same concept, I have come up with my own Epic Quest. It’s no different to a bucket list that many people have, but it just sounds cooler :wink:.

I’ve been very lucky over the last few years so I’ve already done a lot of the things I would have added to this list. So here it is. Let me know what you think.

Level 2 Level 3

Travel Quests

  • Visit the main Harry Potter filming locations (11/34)
  • Visit Loch Ness in Scotland
  • Visit Giants Causeway in Northern Ireland
  • Climb the Eiffel Tower in Paris, France (05/04/2013)
  • Visit Mont St. Michel in France
  • Visit the Louvre in France (06/04/2013)
  • Visit Notre Dame Cathedral in France (05/04/2013)
  • Attend Oktoberfest in Germany
  • Visit Neuschwanstein Castle in Bavaria
  • Visit the Vatican
  • Visit St. Peter’s Basilisca, Italy
  • Visit the Leaning Tower of Pisa, Italy
  • Visit the Parthenon in Greece
  • Visit the Blue Domed Church of Santorini, Greece (30/03/2016)
  • Visit the Cathedral of Saint Sava, Serbia once it is finished (I saw it in 2006, but the interior was unfinished)
  • Visit St. Basil’s Cathedral in Moscow, Russia
  • Ride the Trans-Siberian Railroad across Russia
  • Visit Everest Base Camp
  • Visit Lumbini, India
  • Visit Bodh Gaya, India
  • Visit Sarnath, India
  • Visit Kusinara, India
  • Visit the Taj Mahal in India
  • Visit Varanasi in India during a holy festival & stand in the Ganges
  • Visit Angkor Wat in Cambodia
  • See the cherry blossoms in Japan
  • Swim in the infinity pool, Singapore
  • Visit the Pyramids at Giza
  • Visit the Blue Mosque in Istanbul, Turkey
  • Visit Madagascar
  • Ride a camel through the Sahara Desert
  • Visit Petra, Jordan
  • Visit Mount Rushmore, South Dakota
  • Climb the Statue of Liberty in New York
  • Visit the statues on Easter Island
  • Visit the Galapagos Islands
  • Hike up to Christ the Redeemer in Rio De Janeiro, Brazil
  • Visit Tikal in Guatemala
  • Visit Chichen Itza in Mexico
  • Visit Teotihuacan in Mexico
  • Visit Machu Picchu in Peru
  • Visit Ayer’s Rock
  • Visit Borobudur Temple in Java, Indonesia
  • Visit the Palace of Brunei
  • Set foot on Antarctica
  • High-five a penguin!
  • Visit all 7 continents (4/7)
    1. Europe Well I live here so that doesn’t count
    2. North America Canada, Christmas 1990-91
    3. Africa The Gambia, Summer 2001
    4. Asia The Maldives, Christmas 2005
    5. South America
    6. Australasia/Oceania
    7. Antarctica
  • Visit all the Disney Parks across the world (2/6)
    1. Hong Kong Disneyland (09/09/2009)
    2. Disneyland Paris (01/04/2013)
    3. Disneyland, California
    4. Walt Disney World, Florida
    5. Tokyo Disney
    6. Shanghai Disney

Active Quests

  • Bungee jump
  • Skydive
  • Run a marathon (19/04/2015)
  • Swim in the Atlantic and Pacific in the same day
  • Dive with sharks
  • Climb Ben Nevis in Scotland
  • Climb Mt. Kilimanjaro in Tanzania
  • Climb Mt. Fuji in Japan
  • Climb on the cliffs of Thailand
  • Attempt to climb El Capitan, Yosemite
  • Go camping and rafting in the Grand Canyon
  • Scuba dive the Great Barrier Reef
  • Hike in the Amazon Rain Forest
  • Hike to Angel Falls, Venezuela
  • Trek up to Taktsang (Tiger’s Nest) Goemba Monastery in Bhutan
  • Snowboard at Ski Dubai in Dubai
  • Study Kung Fu in Shaolin, China
  • Study Aikido in Japan
  • Do 10 handstand push ups freestanding (I can now do four :smiley:)
  • Do 10 one-arm push ups with each arm (May 2014)
  • Do 10 one-arm pull ups with each arm
  • Do a muscle up
  • Do 5 muscle ups
  • Hold a planche for 10 seconds
  • Hold a front lever for 20 seconds
  • Learn how to do a frontflip & a backflip (Backflip 26/04/2013, Frontflip 10/01/2014)

Jason Bourne/James Bond Quests

  • Become conversational in a second language
  • Become conversational in a third language
  • Learn to say basic phrases in 50 languages (4/50)
      1. Welsh, 2. French, 3. German, 4. Mandarin
  • Create and keep a WTSHTF bag ready (Google the phrase)
  • Learn how to become a proficient locksmith

Learning/Teaching Quests

  • Complete a Masters Degree
  • Learn to juggle (30/09/2016)
  • Teach my son to climb & kayak better than me
  • Teach my son a second language

Other Quests

  • Be an extra in a Hollywood movie
  • Meet the Dalai Lama (I have seen a teaching by him, but not actually met him yet)
  • Witness the completion and destruction of a sand mandala
  • Sleep in a hammock below 0°C
  • Sell at least one of my own photographs
  • See the Aurora Borealis
  • See the Aurora Australis
  • Witness a full solar eclipse
  • Get rid of all the unnecessary crap I’ve accumulated over the years

Master Quests

These are all worth 100% experience or more due to their complexity or difficulty

  • Get photographed walking down the red carpet at some epic event
  • Go into outer space
  • Get in the Guinness Book of World Records for something
  • Live like James Bond in Monaco
  • Climb Mt. Everest
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