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Impossible List

This list is inspired by Thomas Frank’s and Jade Bowler’s impossible lists. It is kind of a bucket list, but with a twist. Here’s the best explanation I found:

Put simply, the impossible list is an ever-evolving list of experiences that build upon each other, help others as well as yourself, and implore you to take action. - Thomas Frank

โœˆ๏ธ Travel Goals

  • Visit 5 countries [๐Ÿ‡ต๐Ÿ‡น PT, ๐Ÿ‡ช๐Ÿ‡ธ ES, ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ EN, ๐Ÿ‡ง๐Ÿ‡ช BE, ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ณ๓ ฃ๓ ด๓ ฟ SC] [October 2018]
    • Visit 10 countries [๐Ÿ‡ฉ๐Ÿ‡ช DE, ๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ฟ CZ, ๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ท CR, ๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ญ CH, ๐Ÿ‡ฑ๐Ÿ‡บ LU] [February 2020]
    • Visit 15 countries [๐Ÿ‡ณ๐Ÿ‡ฑ NL, ๐Ÿ‡ซ๐Ÿ‡ท FR, ๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡น IT, ๐Ÿ‡ป๐Ÿ‡ฆ VA, ๐Ÿ‡ฆ๐Ÿ‡น AT] [February 2024]
    • Visit 20 countries [๐Ÿ‡ธ๐Ÿ‡ฐ SK]
  • Visit ๐Ÿ‡ต๐Ÿ‡น Azores [July 2019]
  • Visit ๐Ÿ‡ต๐Ÿ‡น Madeira
  • Visit ๐Ÿ‡ณ๐Ÿ‡ด Svalbard
  • Visit ๐Ÿ‡ฒ๐Ÿ‡ด Macau
  • Interrail across ๐Ÿ‡ช๐Ÿ‡บ Europe
    • 10 Day Intrarail in ๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡น Italy [September 2022]
  • See the Aurora Borealis
  • Visit a World Expo
  • Travel between mainland ๐Ÿ‡ช๐Ÿ‡บ Europe and the ๐Ÿ‡ฌ๐Ÿ‡ง UK by train [April 2022, Eurostar]
  • Travel on a ๐Ÿš‚ steam train [July 2023, Harz Railway]
  • Travel on a ๐Ÿฝ๏ธ restaurant train [August 2023, Dinner Train]
  • Travel on an historical ๐Ÿฝ๏ธ๐Ÿš‚ restaurant steam train [October 2023, Miljoenenlijn]
  • Overnight ๐ŸŒ™ travel between two countries by train [February 2024, Nightjet]
  • Travel on the historical ๐Ÿš‹ trams in Amsterdam [Museumtramlijn]
  • Travel on the historical ๐Ÿš‹ trams in The Hague [HOVM]
  • Cross-country ๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ฆ train trip from Toronto to Vancouver [ViaRail]
  • Cross-country ๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธ train trip from Coast to Coast [Amtrack]
  • Go on a hot air ๐ŸŽˆ balloon ride
  • Travel a subway train in the front cabin
  • Visit an airplane’s cockpit

Countries Bucket List

  • ๐Ÿ‡ฆ๐Ÿ‡บ Australia
  • ๐Ÿ‡ง๐Ÿ‡ท Brazil
  • ๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ฆ Canada
  • ๐Ÿ‡ฉ๐Ÿ‡ฐ Denmark
  • ๐Ÿ‡ช๐Ÿ‡ฌ Egypt
  • ๐Ÿ‡ซ๐Ÿ‡ฎ Finland
  • ๐Ÿ‡ฌ๐Ÿ‡ท Greece
  • ๐Ÿ‡ญ๐Ÿ‡บ Hungary
  • ๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡ธ Iceland
  • ๐Ÿ‡ฏ๐Ÿ‡ต Japan
  • ๐Ÿ‡ณ๐Ÿ‡ด Norway
  • ๐Ÿ‡ต๐Ÿ‡ช Peru
  • ๐Ÿ‡ธ๐Ÿ‡ฌ Singapore
  • ๐Ÿ‡ฐ๐Ÿ‡ท South Korea
  • ๐Ÿ‡ช๐Ÿ‡ธ Spain
  • ๐Ÿ‡ธ๐Ÿ‡ช Sweden
  • ๐Ÿ‡น๐Ÿ‡ญ Thailand
  • ๐Ÿ‡น๐Ÿ‡ท Tรผrkiye
  • ๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธ United States of America
  • ๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ฟ Uzbekistan
  • ๐Ÿ‡ช๐Ÿ‡ช Estonia

๐Ÿฆ„ Life Goals

  • Participate in the Youth Parliament [March 2012]
    • Go to Districts [March 2012, President] [February 2013, Deputy] [March 2016, Deputy]
    • Go to Nationals [May 2012, Secretary]
  • Create a website [July 2014]
    • Maintain a website for 1 years [July 2015]
    • Maintain a website for 5 years [July 2019]
    • Maintain a website for 10 years [July 2024]
  • Participate in the National Olympiads of Informatics [April 2016, 10th place]
    • Participate again and achieve a better place [May 2017, 6th place]
  • Start studying Computer Science [September 2017]
  • Make my parents fly [July 2019, ๐Ÿ‡ต๐Ÿ‡น Azores]
  • Become proficient in a second language [September 2019, English]
    • Become proficient in a third language [June 2024, Dutch1]
  • Study abroad on Master’s [September 2020, ๐Ÿ‡ณ๐Ÿ‡ฑ Eindhoven]
  • Live abroad for more than 6 months [February 2021, ๐Ÿ‡ณ๐Ÿ‡ฑ NL]
    • Live abroad for more than 1 year [August 2021, ๐Ÿ‡ณ๐Ÿ‡ฑ NL]
    • Live abroad for more than 2 years [August 2022, ๐Ÿ‡ณ๐Ÿ‡ฑ NL]
    • Live abroad for more than 5 years [August 2025, ๐Ÿ‡ณ๐Ÿ‡ฑ NL]
  • Volunteer for a good cause for 6 months
  • Donate for a good cause for 6 months
  • Learn how to play a ๐ŸŽถ musical instrument

๐Ÿ’ผ Professional Goals

  • Write a self-published eBook [February 2015, Aprenda a Programar]
  • Give a talk [November 2019]
    • Give a talk to over 100 people
  • Learn more about ๐Ÿง  neuroscience [June 2020, MCB80x]
  • Finish my ๐ŸŽ“ bachelor’s degree [July 2020]
  • Finish my ๐ŸŽ“ master’s degree [September 2022]
  • Publish a ๐Ÿ”ฌ scientific research article [February 2023]
  • Pass the ๐Ÿ‡ณ๐Ÿ‡ฑ Dutch Iburgeringsexamen A2 [May 2024]
    • Pass the ๐Ÿ‡ณ๐Ÿ‡ฑ Dutch Staatsexamen NT2 B2
  • Write a fiction book
  • Write a non-fiction book
  • Host a meetup

๐Ÿ’ช Fitness and Health Goals

  • Workout at least twice a week for 1 month [March 2021] [April 2023]
    • Workout at least twice a week for 2 months [April 2021] [May 2023]
    • Workout at least twice a week for 4 months [June 2021] [August 2023]
    • Workout at least twice a week for 8 months [December 2023]
    • Workout at least twice a week for 1 year [March 2024]
    • Workout at least twice a week for 2 years [March 2025]
  • Bike 15 km in a single trip [March 2021, 15.11 km]
    • Bike 25 km in a single trip [August 2021, 28.22 km]
    • Bike 40 km in a single trip [August 2023, 43.27 km]
    • Bike 50 km in a single trip
  • Close all rings on Apple Watch for 1 month [March 2021]
    • Close all rings on Apple Watch for 2 months [April 2021]
    • Close all rings on Apple Watch for 3 months
  • Try out personal trainer sessions [March 2023]
  • Practice a new sport for 1 month [May 2024, Kickboxing]
    • Practice a new sport for 2 months [June 2024, Kickboxing]
    • Practice a new sport for 4 months
  • Learn how to โ›ท๏ธ ski or ๐Ÿ‚ snowboard
    • Ski or snowboard down a mountain

  1. The definition of “proficiency” varies according to whom you ask. At this point, I have been speaking Dutch daily with native speakers for more than 6 months. I think this counts. ↩︎