Picture with Bob Goff

Several of the things on my bucket list came from reading Donald Miller’s “A Million Miles in a Thousand Years”. At the time I read it, it really spoke to me in a lot of ways. It’s the reason I went to a rave and want to bike across a country, among others.

I actually had the chance to meet Donald Miller this summer & it went something like this.

Me: “Dude…I really um loved your million miles book. Like, you know how sometimes you read a book and the whole time you’re thinking ‘I wish I’d written this’? Like I feel like you were totally in my head like I could have written that book!”

Him: “Have we met before? I feel like we’ve met before.”

Me: “Um…nah, I’m pretty sure I would’ve remembered meeting you.”

Him: “Oh.”

That was about it. I may have accidentally insulted him with the whole “I could’ve written that” bit. My bad.

I bring this up because this week my sister Anna & I are at Bob Goff’s Love Does conference in Austin, TX. #59 on my list is to meet Bob Goff, something else I added because of the stories about him in Miller’s book.

See the picture above? This morning my sister and I got a bear hug from #59.

Cross it off!

But what I really want to tell you is that for a while I was kind of ashamed to admit I’d stolen so many of my ideas from other people and their bucket lists. Like they were the first to ever want to skydive or whatever & if I added that to my list I was copying.

Copying is cheating where I came from.

But it’s not.

Copying is different from being influenced and inspired and encouraged.

So when you think about your bucket list, don’t be afraid to take ideas from others. I’d rather your list be identical to mine or somebody elses than you not have a list at all.

Plus, your list can only be the same in title alone. Don Miller went to a rave. I went to a rave. That’s where the similaries end…his rave experience was totally different than mine. His biking across the country story is totally different than whatever mine will eventually be.

Copying isn’t cheating. The important thing is to have a list of goals and dreams. Then all that’s left is taking the step towards them.

Want some more inspiration? This girl Annette has a great compilation of bucket lists from around the web. Take a look and jot down some for your own list.


Bo is currently living in Orange Beach, Alabama working towards checking #31 off his bucket list. If you’d like to be a part of the adventure, consider sponsoring a mile.