LIFE IS A JOURNEY – so enjoy the side trips. And 2014 is a series of side trips for Gregg Dodd. Part New Year’s resolution and part bucket list, for some, it might be a list that is achieved in a lifetime. Gregg set out on Jan. 1 to accomplish 52 things he’s never done before, averaging one new thing each week. For him, it’s a personal challenge to seize each and every moment of the year.
In 2012, Gregg made headlines with his famous “hug-log” that even I was included in on March 3. You may remember that he set out to hug at least one person a day and track it in a little black book that he was rarely found without. This simplistic, yet inspiring, 2012 New Year’s resolution quickly found him inspiring hugs throughout our city. Gregg tells me, “People that I didn’t even know were coming up to me off the street and asking me if they could hug me because they wanted to be included in my ‘hug-log.’” Like the 60’s, he inspired free love. Well, at least free hugs. And out of this, his 2014 #greggslist was born.
Like most of us do, Gregg woke up on New Year’s Day and made his list of resolutions. The list didn’t include the typical things like losing weight, saving money or quitting smoking. Instead, his resolution list included a long list of “people, places or things” that he’s never experienced. Have you ever seen something in a movie, read something in a book or saw a photo on your news feed and said, “I want to try that someday”? 2014 is Gregg’s “someday.” Like the hug-log, it started as a personal journey when he simply wrote out his list on his floor-to-ceiling chalkboard wall in his kitchen and posted the photo on Facebook. From there, “his” journey became “our” journey.
Taking only 15 minutes to jot down on his chalkboard, the list became real. With an inspiring balance of complex and simple tasks, Gregg’s list came to life. “It’s about making that personal connection and knowing when to seize the right moment,” Gregg tells me. Authenticity to Gregg is key for making true life experiences with intimate, indelible moments to hold dear for the rest of his life.
Quorum will be following Gregg on his progress, encouraging him and sending him messages of inspiration and encouragement. He’s hopeful, but not certain if he’ll succeed in accomplishing every item on his list. We’re rooting for him to turn “someday” into ”today” for each number by year’s end.
With eight months to go, Gregg is making significant progress with accomplishing 14 items on his list:
1. Grow a beard.
5. Research my family tree.
7. Take a cooking class.
9. Take a helicopter ride.
14. Take a trapeze class.
26. Learn how to make a perfect martini from a professional
31. Leave a $100 tip on a small bill.
33. Stay up 24 hours in New York City.
35. Get a tattoo.
37. Swim two miles.
38. Participate in a polar bear plunge.
39. Kiss someone on a dare.
42. Eat something outside of my comfort zone.
45. No alcohol for a month.
“The best part about this entire experience is the outpouring of support,” Gregg tells me. “From the moment that I posted the list on Facebook, friends have signed onto be part of the journey and help me accomplish specific items that were on their own bucket list. And even more profound than that are the dozens of individuals who have told me that my list has inspired their own list to accomplish this year. And that in and of itself makes it all worthwhile and adds meaning to each number I cross off.”
Know of a person, place or thing to help Gregg on his list? Let him know at firstname.lastname@example.org