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An extreme bucket list
By TOMMY DREAMER - For SLAM! Wrestling


Chase Field in Phoenix is one of the Major League Baseball fields Tommy Dreamer has yet to see a game at.

How many times have you heard someone say, “Wow, can you believe it is summer already?” or “I can’t believe it is (X month) already?” or “Where does the time go?”

Yes, it is just idle chit-chat or a general conversation, but here is the reality: we are more than half way through 2012. Spring is gone and we have only two months of summer remaining. Have you accomplished what you wanted to do to date this year? Are you going to put something else off, not realizing until it is too late and then say I will do it next time?

I work a lot — and I procrastinate as well. To counter that, I have set a few summer goals for myself. I am the type of person that needs to write something down, that way it is a constant reminder to get it done or else I feel I have failed myself. I always meet my goals if I do it this way, too.

I know you are supposed to start fresh at the beginning of the year, but as I said mentioned, time is a ticking there are only five months left in 2012 after July. These goals or accomplishments don’t have to be life-changing, but anything is a start. I always look forward to accomplishing them, no matter how big or small they are.

My first is a result of weighing myself on July 1. I checked in at 265 pounds. Yikes! As such, I am dieting, changing my workout routine and trying to do different exercises. I am also not going near my archenemy — the scales — until Aug. 1 and then Sept. 1. I do need to see progress, but I am not going to fret over having only lost a pound in a day — or heaven forbid — I gained a pound. I want to be 250 pounds, my supreme body weight, and I hope to achieve it.

My second goal is to go white-water rafting, something I have wanted to do, but put off due to my hectic travel schedule or the timing not being right. The main reason for not doing this was fear of further injuring my back, but I have been pain-free for quite some time and I want to do it while I am still young enough to enjoy it. I have put this off since I was 27, and I am 41 now. It’s getting to be a now-or-never situation.

Goal No. 3: I am going to go to a baseball game at a stadium at which I haven’t been before. I only have a handful of staduims left — Miami, St. Louis, Texas, Colorado, Arizona and Seattle. Admittedly, I probably should have been to them all by since I have been in those cities and had oppurtunities to go, but I changed my travel plans or just figured I would do it another time. Well, one can’t go see baseball in Olympic Stadium or Yankee or Shea stadiums anymore. I’ve got to get going on this.

Finally — and I know my fans and especially my editor will love this. I plan to write one chapter a month of my life story as a professional wrestler. I started three chapters in 2005 and here it is seven years later and I am still not a best-selling author. Look out, 2013, because that will change.

There you have it. Those are my summer goals. I know I can achieve them. My goals may seem simple to you, but they mean a lot to me. I have lived the life of a rock star and done and seen so many things many people would die to experience.

It’s worth noting I’m not the kind of person to fail at my goals.

Consider: I am proud to say I read every page of the Bible. I set out to do it one year and I did it. I got just as much enjoyment at that as I did hanging out with Ozzy Osbourne once when I hosted Ozzfest.

So set your goals. If you need help, tweet me (@THETOMMYDREAMER). I will recommend stuff. Here are a few for consideration:

• Spend a day with your kids doing what they want to do or take them to something you enjoy.

• Read a book.

• Take a day trip.

• Go to a convention and take a picture with someone you admire thank them for entertaining you.

• Spend an entire rainy day watching a trilogy. I did that one with Star Wars and the Rocky flicks.

• Sleep late or get up early.

• Go for a bike ride.

• Go to the beach or the mountains for a hike.

• Adopt a pet.

• Make a charitable donation or lend your time to a charitable cause.

• Clean out a closet, room or garage.

Bottom line, do something you have been putting off. We are not guarenteed tomorrow, so live your life today. I look forward to hearing from you as you achieve your goals.

Thanks for reading.

TOMMY DREAMER LINKS

  • Tommy Dreamer bio and story archive
  • Tommy Dreamer column archive
  • thetommydreamer.com

    Tommy Dreamer is a legendary and influential pro wrestler and a father and husband who has worked for World Wrestling Entertainment, Extreme Championship Wrestling and Total Nonstop Action. His column appears in the Kingston Whig-Standard and on SLAM! Wrestling. Follow him on Twitter @THETOMMYDREAMER and check out his website at thetommydreamer.com. He can be booked for live appearances through his website. Check out his new, custom-designed T-shirts and merchandise on his website as well.