Bucket List: 225 Things to Do Before You Die

166. Visit the Auschwitz Concentration Camp

Auschwitz Concentration CampThe Auschwitz concentration camps were a series of concentration camps around the town of Oswiecim of modern-day Poland (then under the Third Reich’s control), where, from 1942-1944, over one-million Jews and other minorities were murdered outright or killed by rampant starvation and/or disease. By 1947, after Nazi Germany had fallen and the camps liberated—as well as former Nazi officials/guards tried and rightfully executed—Poland had designated Auschwitz I and Auschwitz II (Birkenau) as memorial museums. Some 65-years later, over 29-million visitors have passed through the symbolic ‘Arbeit macht frei’ (‘work makes free’) –inscribed iron gates at the Auschwitz entrance, another 1-million+ doing so annually. Next time you’re in or around Poland, make Auschwitz one of your top to-dos.

167. Hike the Appalachian Trail

Thru-hikers on Appalachian TrailThe Appalachian Trail is a 2,180-mile marked hiking trail that spans the vast distance between Springer Mountain (Georgia) and Mount Katahdin in Maine. Hikers trek their way through several well-known parks and regions, such as the Great Smoky Mountains National Park (TN), Shenandoah National Park (VA), Greenbrier State Park (Maryland), Mount Greylock, and White Mountain Ntl. Forest—encountering an assorted variety of fauna and flora, wildlife, and lush landscapes. And if you’re really wanting a challenge, hike the trail in its entirety in a single season and become a thru-hiker—hiking an entire trail end-to-end, commonly associated with the Appalachian Trail itself.

168. See and Photograph Christ the Redeemer

Christ the Redeemer statueThe colossal Christ the Redeemer statue is probably one of the most iconic features of not only Rio, but of Brazil and South America altogether. The great statue, an Art Deco rendition of soapstone and concrete and erected between 1922 and 1931, sits atop Corcovado mountain (in Tijuca Forest Ntl. Park) and peers down upon Rio de Janeiro—perhaps as a symbolic protector of the land and tribute to Jesus Christ. Only this Jesus is the 5th-largest in the world, weighing over 630 tons and standing some 130ft (39 meters) tall. And if the height (and breathtaking views from Mt. Corcovado) doesn’t quite do it for you, try the The Motherland Calls behemoth in Volgograd, Russia or the 692ft-high (craziness!) Spring Temple Buddha statue in Henan, China.

169. Tour Hagia Sophia

Hagia SophiaHagia Sophia was a Orthodox patriarchal basilica (in then-Constantinople) from 360 A.D. to 1453—being a Roman Catholic one for a short period in the 13th-century—and later a mosque after it was captured and converted by the Ottoman Turks under Mehmed II. Considered the finest example of Byzantine architecture in the world, the huge church is now a museum in Istanbul, Turkey. While the architecture and ornamentation inside and out is far too in-depth for merely a short summary as this, one step inside (here’s another photo) the old church will leave you speechless.

Afterwards, not too distant away,…

170. Tour Petra

Roman aqueduct in PetraLooks like some far-off, alien world right? Well, not quite, but it should probably be considered one of the ancient world’s top wonders. Petra is an ancient archaeological city in Ma’an, Jordan that’s famous for its ancient rock cut structure (carved into/out of the slope of Mount Hor in the Arabah Valley) and water conduit system. Established around the 6th century B.C., Petra is world-renowned as a Jordanian symbol, plus the country’s most popular tourist destination.

171. See a Performance at the Sydney Opera House

Sydney Opera HouseOpened in 1973 in the Sydney Harbour (Sydney, Australia), the Sydney Opera House is one of the most enduring, most recognizable icons of Australia. Over one million guests attend the some-1,500 annual performances—which include opera (naturally), ballet, symphony, and more—here every year, and the structure itself lures in over seven million tourists just to the Harbour itself. In addition to its 2,679 seat-Concert Hall and slightly smaller Opera and Theatre Houses, it’s also known for it’s Playhouse, Utzon Room, restaurants, cafes, bars, and even recording studio. All that alone makes the trip down unda’ well worth it.

172. Visit Red Square in Moscow

Red Square in MoscowRed Square is to Russia as Washington D.C. is to the United States—only the former’s history goes several centuries earlier than D.C.’s. Inasmuch, here you’ll get an up-close look at easily recognizable structures like St. Basil’s Cathedral (shown on the left) and The Kremlin, as well as Lenin’s Mausoleum (the resting place of former ruler and founder of the Soviet Union, Vladamir Ilyich Lenin), Karzan Cathedral, the Iberian Gate & Chapel, and the GUM department store (a huge shopping mall).

Now, is it just me, or does the GUM mall seem really, really out of place?

173. Visit Walt Disney World Resort

Disney characters at Disney WorldWhile I’m not even going to attempt to describe the astronomical number of things to do while you’re at Walt Disney World Resort—take a gander at these fascinating statistics!

  • Located near Orlando in Lake Buena Vista, Florida, over 40-million people pass through its gate annually—17-million at the Magic Kingdom park alone.
  • It employs over 60,000 people and sprawls over an area of over 30,000 acres (a good deal of it being a wildlife sanctuary).
  • Over 75-million cokes, 13-million bottles of water, 10-million hamburgers, and 9-million pounds of French fries are scarfed down annually here.
  • Featuring four main theme parks (Magic Kingdom, Epcot, Hollywood Studios, and Animal Kingdom), over 4,000 acres of gardens and manicured landscapes, the total size of DWR equals that of San Francisco!

174. Visit Easter Island

Easter Island statuesPerhaps even more bizarre than Stonehenge in England are these giant, monolithic figures, dubbed ‘Moai‘, on Easter Island (Polynesian territory claimed by Chile in the south Pacific). Archeologists and geologists generally date the monoliths—all 887 of them, many in scattered about in the Rano Raraku quarry—to around the first century A.D. and claim that the statues were created as deified creations of the ancient locals’ (known as Rapa Nui) ancestors. Other things to see and do on Easter Island include mingle with the 3,700+ inhabitants of the island (most of them Chilean and/or ‘Rapanui’) and dance, sing, listen to local music, see countless artifacts of centuries-past at several museums, and even get hit the dance floor at one of their three discos. Weren’t expecting Easter Island to have discos, now we’re you?!

175. Help Someone Else Fulfill a Goal

Helping handWhen you’re not ambitiously pursing your own dreams and goals, help a family member, friend, or even random stranger achieve his/her own. Doing so proves more hugely beneficial (in a symbolic way) to your own pursuits than you probably think. Help a relative or friend start their own enterprise, for instance. Teach him how to raise capital for the venture, obtain necessary permits/licenses, market a product or service, acquire customers, and keep track of its finances. Or help a stranger (e.g. one in need) get on their feet and begin supporting himself by encouraging and showing him/her things like how to budget their money, land a good job, join a church, participate in the community and so forth. The more this is done, the more you’ll feel inclined to further your own pursuits.

176. Take a Cooking Class

Group learning to cook
If ever there were two or more activities (from this bucket list) that could be combined, it’s this one + No. 101. No, seriously, what better way of learning to cook a four, five, or six-course meal than from professional chefs themselves? Heck, you can even learn a few things online—from making souffles, crab puffs, and killer marina sauces, to beignets, crepes, and killer gourmet mashed potatoes.

177. Go to the Airport and Take the Next Random Flight

Passengers waiting for flightHowever, if it turns out that your ‘random’ flight is headed for the likes of Iraq or Somalia, opt for the NEXT random flight instead! And to help you get started in your journey to some unknown place, take a look at the highest rated airports in America (by J.D. Power):

  • Southwest Florida International Airport
  • Indianapolis International
  • Tampa International
  • Portland, Oregon International (PDX)
  • Kansas City International (MCI)
  • Phoenix Sky Harbor (PHX)
  • Orlando International
  • Minneapolis/St.Paul International
  • Denver International (DEN)
  • Detroit Metropolitan Airport (also one of the coolest-looking!)

178. Buy a House

House and keysYeah, yeah: The U.S. housing market isn’t that great. That’s true. But for buyers, especially first-time ones, it’s actually great. While current home owners see their properties’ values plummet (most unfortunately, of course), consumers can more oft than not get once-price-prohibitive homes for bargain basement prices. And, perhaps more importantly, paying on a mortgage (versus rent), you build equity, essentially meaning that one day—assuming the housing market isn’t terrible and property values are up—you’ll either be able to get it back in one of several forms, and maybe even make a tidy profit.

179. Go on an Amazon Rainforest Expedition

Amazon Rainforest If you never see anything else in all of South America, do not miss the chance to experience the naturally majestic Amazon Rainforest. Spanning over nine countries (chiefly Brazil, Peru, and Colombia) and absolutely sprawling over 1.4-billion acres (5.5-million sq.km) inside the Amazon Basin, the biodiversity-heavy Amazon claims home to over half of the world’s animal and plant species. In fact, it’s the largest and most bio-diverse rainforest in the entire world. Over 2-million species of insects, 40,000 species of plants, and 2,000 species of birds and mammals inhabit the planet-sized forest. And despite years of egregious deforestation by human developers (destroyers, actually), plenty of tour organizations (another here) still offer myriad expeditions through the huge track of wild rainforest that still exists.

180. Take a Cruise on the Allure of the Seas

Shops on Allure of the SeasNo, the photo isn’t of some town square or plaza, it’s of one of the main decks of the largest cruise liner on Earth. Dubbed ‘Allure of the Seas‘ (of which it shares very similar proportions with its sister ship, Oasis of the Seas), she carries 5,400 passengers and over 2,300 crew, has 16 passenger decks, and boasts seven distinct “neighborhoods” (e.g. ‘Boardwalk, Central Park, and so forth). And that’s just scratching the surface. In addition, she has a double-deck dance hall, 1,380-seat theater, four pools/10whirlpools, a Starbucks, and more dining rooms, miscellaneous eateries, and shopping venues than you could possibly shake a stick at.

To get some perspective on her enormity, the boat (1,181ft long) is only 69ft shorter than the Empire State Building (1,250ft) is high!

  • WakeupList

    Amazing bucketlist! For anyone who wants to make one themselves and keep track of their list, you should try WakeUpList.com – free and simple, and every 90 days it will send you your list in case you forget all about it.

    • Michael Bock

      Thanks for the tip :)

  • gunselibirol

    okay these are all great stuff but you are aware that, most of them ( almost all of them) require money and time.

    • JABacchetta

      Take the list for what it is – entertainment. There are dozens of things here that people have never thought of before, or didn’t even know existed. If you can do just a few of them, great. I’m sure very few actually plan on completing all 225 items on this list. And still others will have their own unique list.

      Besides, isn’t that the whole point of a bucket list, to be ambitious? Imagine a bucket list filled with things like “Go to Walmart”…

      • Michael Bock

        Good point, Jason. (I should really put going to Walmart on my Bucket List as conquering one of my fears! lmao)

  • UltimateSurviv1

    Great ideas! hope we have the time and resources to do at least 3 of these.

    • Michael Bock

      Hopefully more! There are actually several items on the list that require little to no money—but granted, most of them will require a bit of saving (for most people)! :)

  • BronaWard

    bathing in the ganges river will probably shorten your life span so you should probably leave that to you are finished with the others

    • Michael Bock

      LooooL! (actually “laughed out loud” at this)

  • MagensMayhem

    I’m surprised that after reading a list of 225 things to do before you die that “yell for help” didn’t make the cut. lol

    • Michael Bock

      LoL, seems a bit daunting at first, huh?! But no one, even I, would suggest that you even attempt to complete half of the ideas. Just try a few! :)

      • JABacchetta

        Michael, I think she was referring to the actual act of yelling for help… “before you die” :-)

        • Michael Bock

          LoL, I knew that :-P…I think…

  • aniux89

    America is a single continent pff…

    • Michael Bock

      Lmao, you sure about that? Last time I checked, America was was a part of this continent known as ‘North America’–home to over 20 countries (U.S., Mexico, Haiti, Cuba, Guatemala, Canada….) LoL

      • LibStooks

        Actually it’s “The Americas” – both North, South and everything in between.

  • julieakowalski

    “Hang from Toronto’s CN Tower”… terrifying photo. I’d want to do this one after the other 224 because I doubt I’d life to tell about it.

    • Michael Bock

      Naah! You’d be strong! :)

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=578115704 garrickclark

    I’m 21 and have done a few of these things so far, at least. I WILL accomplish most of these before I die!!

    • Michael Bock

      I’m 32 and, well, wish I had such a clearly indomitable will as yourself! Cheers! :)

  • CodeDisQus

    I recently did the Oribi Gorge Jump here in South Africa and the YOLO (sorry) bug bit me. This list is just epic, as a 21 year old student, I’m now inspired to work hard, build up a fortune, retire early and get cracking with most of the things on this list. Thank you TOOO MUCH Micheal Bock, you have truly inspired me :) :)

    P.S. The only time people can legitimately say YOLO is when they are doing things that are on their bucket list :)

    Thanks again dude!

  • Jim Gareau

    So much too do and so little time to do it!!! Better get started finishing my list

  • Jason

    lol I don’t know about the event in the sky. Couple be disasterous

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=620405168 Mary Delia

    Gondola rides are not THAT cheap. You’re looking to pay between 80-110 euros. Trust me I was there not too long ago.

  • LV

    why is there a photo of rene redzepi of noma under the one for best restaurants and then nooo mention of noma?

    • JABacchetta

      Did you read the entry? Click through to the link given and look at #1… Noma.

      • http://www.facebook.com/rasmus.h.sudergaard Rasmus Homann Sudergaard

        Noma is one thing we are very proud of in denmark :) although the food nearly cost a fortune. 2 persons about 3000 kr for a decent meal, or estimated $500!!

  • David

    3 things to do before you die: love & being loved, start your own business and don’t give a fck about what people think of you or the way you live.

    • Steph

      thats good

    • http://dailyweighin.com/ Daily Weigh In

      4. Stop cursing.

  • http://twitter.com/a2zStuff a2zStuff

    Awesome :)

  • Mohammed

    Hi for all and have a nice day i love the website

  • Dan DiGangi

    One I have always been proud of (especially because I had accomplished this by 18) is having visited 49 of the 50 states. Only one left on my list of Hawaii, even been to Alaska via cruise! :)

  • Dan DiGangi

    One I have always been proud of (especially because I had accomplished this by 18) is having visited 49 of the 50 states. Only one left on my list of Hawaii, even been to Alaska via cruise! :)

    • http://www.facebook.com/cindy.walton.35 Cindy Walton

      I was the same, Dan. I had visited 49 states by the time I was 18. I didn’t add Hawai’i until i was 55! I’ve lived in 7 states, visited 18 other countries and lived in one other country (Germany) for six years.

  • http://twitter.com/Travaddicts TravAddict.com

    There are a few things on this list I would not want to do, but there are some very cool suggestions that have inspired me:-)

  • http://twitter.com/Travaddicts TravAddict.com

    There are a few things on this list I would not want to do, but there are some very cool suggestions that have inspired me:-)

  • thedarkknight

    PLease stop! I cant take it anymore!

  • thedarkknight

    PLease stop! I cant take it anymore!

  • http://twitter.com/angelacorrias Angela Corrias

    Well, throwing tomatoes at La Tomatina is not exactly priority A on my wish list… Setting foot on all 7 Continents and visiting area 51 look way more enticing 😉

  • http://twitter.com/angelacorrias Angela Corrias

    Well, throwing tomatoes at La Tomatina is not exactly priority A on my wish list… Setting foot on all 7 Continents and visiting area 51 look way more enticing 😉

    • John

      Area 51 is boring. All you see is a couple signs in the middle of the desert. You don’t actually get to see much.

    • John

      Area 51 is boring. All you see is a couple signs in the middle of the desert. You don’t actually get to see much.

  • Hank

    I love how 90% of the activities you’ve listed cost a small fortune. Just the ticket for these tough economic times.

  • Hank

    I love how 90% of the activities you’ve listed cost a small fortune. Just the ticket for these tough economic times.

  • Ensaya_Spanish_Learner

    So random, but pretty awesome, nice list.

  • Ensaya_Spanish_Learner

    So random, but pretty awesome, nice list.

  • Ash

    I’ve done 16 of these so far…pretty good for being only 19 but I got a ways to go yet!

  • Ash

    I’ve done 16 of these so far…pretty good for being only 19 but I got a ways to go yet!

  • thisrandomcoolperson

    gives me ideas for my personal bucket list

  • http://www.facebook.com/Optimus86 Islam ŐǷtimus

    That CN Tower thing is on my priority list..

  • http://www.facebook.com/Optimus86 Islam ŐǷtimus

    That CN tower thing is on my priority list..

  • HighDream

    There is a mobile app called iWish (bucket list) that helps me have my list organized in one place and frequently revisit it to add on, mark things as “done” and get inspired.

  • Austin

    and win the lottery since you’re gonna need money to do all this, obviously.

  • Nikhil

    Visit fortkochi, Kerala, India

  • maranj

    you might add the singularly exciting experience of getting a massage from a 3-ton elephant in phuket, thailand.

  • David Mars Nestor

    boring list

  • Alex

    I have done 19 of these so far. Pretty good for someone who is 12 years old!

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  • Sam

    BTW I am max alex and sam.

  • Chloe!

    I LOVE ALL OF THESE! I now have a total of 106 things to do before I’m thirty, and I’m fourteen. Better get started haah

  • Kevin

    Is it just me, or is this list very USA-centric. I’m not saying it’s bad. But it feels like half of the place you should visit are in the USA.

  • GoatsOnTheRoad

    Great list. Didn’t see it all but I’ve made a bucket list of my own. It’s always a good set of goals.

  • Ashley

    I have already finished 13 of these items and already have three more planned to be completed by the end of this coming summer! I would say I’m doing pretty well for a 17 year old :)

  • valriedn

    already done 255 of these, not bad for a 2 years old boy ! (lmao)

  • LibStooks

    Did I miss seeing “skydiving”? I’ve done that and I highly recommend it!

  • Charlotte

    I actually did a lot of these things and I’m only 13!

  • http://www.facebook.com/cindy.walton.35 Cindy Walton

    I’ve ticked off 60 of these, with minor adjustments. I’ve not been to Auschwitz, but I’ve been to Dachau several times as well as Bergen Belsen. I’ve not been to Mardi Gras, but I’ve been to Fasching, which is the same and older. I’ve shaken the hand of 3 US presidents (the first one when I was only 5!).

  • Mini

    OMG! Why I never came across this site earlier !!

  • HJGolfer

    Great bucket list. You should have this in printable, check off PDF!!

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  • Jordyn

    I zip lined in Costa Rica, it was probably my most treasured memory i have, it was incredible and i would suggest that everyone do it.

  • nana

    I’m 35 and I’ve only done 30/225 – what a disgrace! In my defense though, I HAVE done a few things that I’m proud of. I’ve crossed the Alps by car, went snorkeling at Maya Bay (Phi Phi Islands), visited the British Museum, climbed the Acropolis rock, ate raw lamb in Beirut, visited the Pyramids, single-handedly cooked breakfast for 50 people, read 412 books, rode an elephant, bought and decorated my own apartment, prayed at a Buddhist temple and mosque, climbed the Eiffel tower, saw the Gustav Klimt exhibition in Venice, learned how to make the perfect chicken curry, rode the London Eye, forgave all my enemies, and most importantly learned that life is too short to live it the way other people expect you to.

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    • hollydollyh

      That’s amazing! I am 11 and I have done a few of those things but the thing that I am most proud of is when I walked 80k on the great wall of China :-)

      • hollydollyh

        42 of those things and I’m 11

  • http://www.facebook.com/lizannewhittaker Liz Whittaker Chapman

    Is there a printable list version of this? I’d love to use it to create my own bucket list, and see how I’ve done so far!

  • Bitter

    Can someone calculate how much this all “visit” and “tral” may cost?

  • http://dbakeca.com Dbakeca Italia

    nice pictures

  • B is for Bucket List

    This is such a great list! It really inspires me to have an adventurous life! I’m 18 and I have already checked 26 of these items off of my bucket list, but I definitely plan to check off many of these items in the future :) Good luck to everyone in accomplishing your dreams :)

  • kszp

    I went to Home Depot to buy buckets, I brought my bucket list . . . . .

  • Nina R.P.

    whew… can an average person do all these in a lifetime? i wish i could! 😛

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    Your mom

  • Justin

    It’s actually been proven that hammocks are better for your back then beds, as well as giving a better night’s sleep.

  • Kris

    just a hint, as a wakebaorder, the picture you used for wakeboarding is actually someone wakesurfing. Wakeboarding stands further back behind the wake and has a longer rope. just an fyi 😀 loved the list!

  • ruby

    I like sleeping in my own bed every night. I have no desire to go anywhere but my immediate area. When I was younger I was quite adventureous. No longer. I enjoy my home and family too much I guess. With the advent of cable TV we can see all over the world and no bad side affects. Same for the internet. I will save the money I have for the next generation.

    • RazorSharp69

      Your no fun at all Ruby. Perhaps your next generation can get out and about to see the world.

  • siqiniq

    I’ve only looked at three pages, and can’t find anything that really appeals to me that I haven’t already done. Just so you know, not everyone is American, and not everyone has trunks full of money lying around getting mouldy. How about a list of realistic things for people in other parts of the world? There are more of us out here that there are in the USA.

  • Ina

    I think we all should do our own list. Although this list is interesting..no doubt.

    • http://www.facebook.com/davidmuertter David Muertter


  • http://twitter.com/wisedollar Jose

    I’ve floated around in the great Salt Lake in Utah, Does that count instead of the dead Sea? 😀 I would also suggest to Scuba Dive at least once in your life, Do A Discover Scuba, You’ll never be the same again! You’ll need to get certified to dive the the Yongala

  • Pearly Sweetcake

    I love that they said ‘participate” at Burning Man, not just “go” to Burning Man. I’ve watched the event grow over the past 5 years or so and each year a bigger majority of attendees simply go to watch and party and not participate and it has really started to change it. So if you go, PARTICIPATE!

  • http://www.thetraveltart.com The Travel Tart

    I’ve done quite a few of these things – but always striving to do more!

  • Hakeem

    Claustrophobia is the fear of closed spaces, acrophobia is the fear of heights (referring to #54). Great ones in there, some maybe little off for me but some really good ones.

  • DWJTravel

    I have still never slept in a hammock. Actually I have never even been one! This is something that I need to change. Great list and I need to create my own bucket

  • Awesomesauce

    you are a genius

  • Carstensz Pyramid

    Carstensz Pyramid isn’t in Australia, it’s in Indonesia.

    • RazorSharp69

      The mountain counts as the Australasia cause the one on the continent of Australia itself i.e.Mt kosciusko is very small compared to the other mountains on the continents around the world.

  • LizzieBell

    See a performance at the Sydney Opera House? I’ve PERFORMED there!

  • Allison

    If you are going to swim with dolphins, please choose a safe wild option and don’t fund captive programs.

  • Siobhan_Moody

    I’ve done 62 and I’m 22, and have plans for another 6 in the next year, other than that there are only 40 or so others I’m interested in on this list. Quite achievable.

  • http://www.AchieveTheGreenBeretWay.com/welcome Michael Martel

    Great bucket list. I have had a list of twenty for a couple years and add more as I hit them along the way. I have driven a race car, written a book, swam dolphins. Still have a lot more to go and will add some from this list. Thanks.

  • tvcloudz.com

    amazing i will personally try one of this some day

  • Anand Narayan

    I’ve watched many movies and I have more on my wishlist on http://www.wishberg.com its easier to add wishes there for me plus you can steal my wishes too. 😀

  • http://www.kizi10.info/ Kizi 10

    It really is very interesting, if you can make it all too great for your experience.

  • http://www.yepi10.net/ yepi 10

    wow! new life

  • http://www.yepi2.co/ yepi

    wow! i want somethings….and live real comfortable

  • CrocHunter

    i hate to bust your bubble with 80. Cage Dive with Crocs…but i just returned from studying in Australia and went to Darwin for a few days and checked it out…crocs just sleep the entire day. Go out to Kakadu National Park (2 hours from Darwin) and go on a jumping crocodile safari where you can see these massive reptiles launch themselves out of the water. (some cruises dangle chunks of beef off the sides to ensure you see jumping crocs so keep your arms and legs inside the vehicle at all times)

  • http://www.yepi1.info/ Yepi

    I’m really impressed with the 51 area, it really is a mysterious and dangerous unpredictable place

  • Para Friv

    Life seemed very long time, but also thata short, people also need to learn how to live well, learn to love yourself more and learn how to make a good man in the true sense.

  • Alan G Gervasi

    Or you can be content to live and die on this planet at this time with the people around you..!