W.I.S.H. List: 100 Things to Do While I'm Still Here
Ver. 5 as of: 9/17/2014
My goal is to align physical and spiritual realms and live 100 adventure- and achievement-filled years.
I'll try for at least one new major accomplishment per year over my (100+ year) lifespan.
This list has two parts: Things I've Already Done; and Things I've Yet To Do
* Part I: Done (Currently 91 items). See Caveats, Ignoble Achievements, and End Notes below.
* Part II: To Do (Currently 81 potential items, anything over 9 more (a total of 100) is BONUS!)
# Year Part I: Things I've Already Done (at Least Once)
001 1960 Inhabit a human body and begin this mortal phase of life.*
002 1967 Appear on TV (Romper Room, Lincoln. BONUS: Tax night '89, KCMO).
003 1968 Survive surgery (tonsils. BONUS: thyroid '09, bunion '09, neck '10, lipoma '10, hernia '10).*
004 1969 Go to a Disney Theme park (Disneyland. BONUS: Disney World '03).*
005 1970 Win a local Pitch, Hit, & Throw competition (Perry, IA)
006 1970 Win a local Punt, Pass, & Kick competition (Perry. BONUS: Perry '72)
007 1973 Bike RAGBRAI (BONUS: '75, '77).
008 1973 Lose 30 lbs or more on a diet (23% '73, 18% in '08, 13% in 2011)
009 1973 Read all 66 Books of the Bible ('73, '06)*
010 1973 Create an Excellent sculpture (Ivory elephant '73, clay JFK '74)
011 1974 Execute 1500 sit-ups, non-stop
012 1974 Get elected president (freshman class '74, National Honor Society '78)
013 1975 Broadcast on Radio (post-RAGBRAI interview, Newton IA)
014 1976 Win award for excellent drawing (crucifixion 76, Margot Kidder 78, Bruce Springsteen 79)
015 1977 Win award for wall murals (Panther of the Week for murals of Petey Panther in the High School weight room.
016 1978 Win award for excellent painting (against the gods 78; soar ‘80)
017 1978 Win award for excellent pastel portrait (Paula Mitchell 78, Tracy Stevenson 79)
018 1978 Squat > 550 lbs.*
019 1978 Throw touchdown pass in a game (60 yds to Jim Parks)
020 1979 Bench press > 300 lbs.*
021 1979 Run 1 mi under 6 min (5:55)
022 1980 Bike 700 miles in 7 days (ND to Norfolk)
023 1981 Cheat death (Factory explosion 81. BONUS: motorcycle accident 85, hazardous duty 99, terrorist attack on Pentagon 01, hostile fire 07-08, stage IV cancer 08-11)
024 1981 Design / Build add’n to a Frank Lloyd Wright-designed house.*
025 1981 Make dean's list @ ND (81, 82)
026 1981 Visit 12 important Italian natural / cultural landmarks (St Peter's Basilica, Uffizi Gallery, Fontana di Trevi, Ponte Vecchio, Pompei, Villa Rotunda, Leaning Tower of Pisa, Coliseum, Venice, Sienna, Amalfi Coast, Lake Como. BONUS: EUR.)*
027 1981 Attend a Papal Mass (Christmas Mass for Students with Pope John Paul)
028 1982 Earn Recondo Badge (zip-line).
029 1983 Walk down Bourbon Street in New Orleans (Mardi Gras 83, 84, Sugar Bowl 92).
030 1983 Qualify Expert in at least 3 military weapons systems (M1911 pistol, M16 rifle, M67 hand grenade. BONUS: M9 pistol (98)).*
031 1983 Earn airborne wings (parachuting).
032 1984 Earn air assault wings (rappelling).
033 1984 Earn Bachelors degree: B Arch ND.
034 1984 Design / Build ROTC facility '84 Bachelor's Thesis.
035 1984 Run 10 km under 48 min.*
036 1985 Score the max possible 300 points on the Army Physical Fitness Test (APFT).*
037 1985 Run 2 mi under 13 min (12:47).
038 1986 Visit 20 important European natural / cultural landmarks (Louvre 81, Eiffel Tower 81, Arc d' Triomphe, Notre Dame Cathedral 81, Grand Place 81, Amsterdam, Salzburg, Vienna, Sagrada Famila 82, Hagia Sophia 85, Covered Bazaar 85, Parthenon 86. BONUS: LaGrange 00, Giant's Causeway 00, Stonehenge 04, Big Ben 04, Westminster Abbey '04, Avebury 08.
039 1986 Ride on an elephant or camel.*
040 1986 Swim in Seven Seas or Oceans (Pacific 68, Mediterranean 82, Adriatic 82, Atlantic 83, Black 86, Aegean 86, Dead Sea 86. BONUS: Persian Gulf 08).*
041 1986 Drive legally over 130 mph (210 kph on an autobahn).
042 1986 Visit Le Corbusier's Notre Dame du Haut.
043 1986 Be a best man in a wedding (Tom '86, Mike '88, Todd '92).
044 1987 Drive from Washington, DC to Los Angeles, CA.*
045 1988 Attend Olympic Games or World Cup (Summer Olympics Seoul, '88).
046 1990 Go on a blind date.*
047 1990 Ride to the top of the St. Louis Arch.
048 1990 Ride on a San Francisco Cable Car.
049 1991 Compete in a sprint triathlon (swim 0.75K, bike 20K, run 5K).
050 1992 Earn a Master's degree (MS Syst Mgt DU '92).*
051 1992 Design / Build a Federal Maximum Security Prison: '92 Master's Capstone Project.
052 1992 Marry the perfect woman.*
053 1993 Dive as a PADI-certified SCUBA diver.
054 1994 Become a father.
055 1995 Live > 1 yr in 7 different states (NE (Ralston 60, Fremont 61, Lincoln 63, Norfolk 76), IA (Bouton 69, Guthrie Center 73), IN (Flanner 79, Howard 80, Parkovash 82, Ivy 83), KS (High 81), VA (EOBC 84, EOAC (KRW 87), 6th Trans 92, ORSA MAC 96, Pentagon (Fairway 00, Corwin 04, Golf Club 07, Mason Grove 08), MO (Parkville 89), TX (Austin 94)).*
056 1995 Walk in a rain forest (Panama)
057 1997 Watch someone die.*
058 1997 Deliver a baby.*
059 1999 Lead a Combat mission.*
060 1999 Design / Build 5000-man camp (Camp Bondsteel, Kosovo).
061 1999 Live > 1 mo in 7 different countries (US (see states 60), Italy (Rome 81), Turkey (Sinop 85), Korea (Pyong taek 87 & Seoul 88), Germany (Kaiserslautern 96 & Vilseck 98), Albania (TRA 99), Kosovo (Camp Bondsteel 99). BONUS: Iraq (Camp Victory 07).*
062 2000 Walk through Porta Sancta at St Peter's (only open in Jubilee Years).
063 2000 See whales or dolphins in the ocean.*
064 2000 Ski 5 mountain ranges (IN (Bendix Woods 79), Rockies (Vail 79, Pagosa Sprgs 02), Italian Alps 81, Appalachians / Blue Ridge 84, Austrian Alps (Landeck 00, Zell am See 00)).*
065 2000 Earn de Fleury medal bronze for service to the US Army Engineer Regiment.
066 2000 Run Army 10 miler under 90 min ('00, '01 (G-1 team), ‘02).*
067 2000 Run: 5 km under 23 min.*
068 2003 Survive a natural disaster (Cat 5 Hurricane Isabel 03, Cat 5 Hurricane Ivan 04, Cat 3 Hurricane Irene 11, Magnitude 5.8 Earthquake 11, Derecho 12, Frankenstorm Sandy 12).
069 2003 Catch a snowflake on my tongue in hot tub.*
070 2004 Go snowmobiling / sea-doing / ATVing.*
071 2005 Add a management method to the Global 12 Manage website.*
072 2007 Present a paper at an international academic conference ("VFT" @ ASQ ISS&L 07, "EVSM" @ IQPC LSSIW 07).
073 2007 Become an Idol on BeerPal by amassing 10K points for contributions to the site.
074 2007 Serve as a session chair and presenter in an international academic conference (Project Selection Track @ IQPC LSSIW 07).
075 2007 Earn Shoulder Sleeve Insignia-Former Combat Service aka Combat patch (MNC-I 07, BONUS: III Corps 07, XVIII Abn Corps 08).
076 2008 Visit the sites of all Seven Wonders of the Ancient World (Statue of Zeus at Olympus 86, Pyramids of Giza 87, Lighthouse at Alexandria 87, Colossus of Rhodes 87, Mausoleum at Halicarnassus 87, Temple of Artemis at Ephesus 87, Hanging Garden of Babylon 08).
077 2009 Attend 30 year HS Reunion, dance to Stairway to Heaven, and go to Broken Bridge at midnight for star-gazing.
078 2010 See a play on Broadway (Rock of Ages 10, BONUS: American Idiot 10).
079 2010 Ride in a hot air balloon.
080 2010 Watch Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade live from Central Park West.*
081 2010 Read 4 non-Christian holy scriptures (24 books of Jewish Tanakh '73, 114 chapters (suras) of Muslim Qu'ran '86, Hindu Tibetan Book of the Dead '08, Buddhist Dhammapada '10).
082 2011 Beat cancer (After a 3-year battle ending Aug 3, I'm in REMISSION!).
083 2011 Make the Front Page of the local Newspaper.*
084 2012 Earn a military retirement award (Legion of Merit) and pension (65%).
085 2012 Camp (non-military, on my own) in 7 states (IA, RAGBRAI 73, 75, 77; MO Smithville Lake 90; DE Cape Henlopen Park 03; VA Blue Ridge Mountains 09, MD Assateague Dunes 10, TN Carport 11, SD Bear Butte, Sturgis 12).
086 2012 Complete an epic American motorcycle journey of 5000 miles in 2 weeks. (Covered 16 states and 5004.2 miles in 14 days aboard my Road King. Decided to start a global consulting firm).
087 2012 Sail in a 24 hour race (Masters of the Potomac 12).
088 2012 Earn entry into the Iron Butt Association, World's Toughest Bikers (Saddle Sore Award (1000 miles in 24 hours), 29-30 Sep 12).*
089 2012 Be inducted into the Military Order of the Carabao (US 8791), entering into the rolls of the herd as an EXPEDICIONARIO.
090 2012 Attend a Hootenanny.*
091 2013 Run a full 40 km (26.2 mi) marathon, and live to tell the tale.*
20XX Which achievement from my WISH List below will be the next addition?
# Year Part II: Things I Have Yet To Do (W.I.S.H.)
092 20XX run 1/2 marathon < 117 min: Philly or DC.*
093 20XX run a marathon < 4 hours # 1: Jamaica, DC, or NYC
094 20XX Earn a PhD (Applied Mgt / Decision Sci (Ops Rsrch), College of Management, Walden U).*
095 20XX Complete an epic North American motorcycle journey: 10,000 miles, 2 countries, 32 States / Provinces, and 2 National Parks, in 30 days.*
096 20XX Complete an epic Pan American motorcycle journey: Prudhoe Bay, Alaska to Ushuaia, Argentina. Two oceans, 18 countries, 30,000 miles, 3 months.
097 20XX Type 100 wpm blind
098 20XX Take parents and kids on a cruise to Hawaii.*
099 20XX Go up in 5 of the 100 tallest buildings (Willis, Hancock, Empire State, 3 so far +2).*
100 20XX Visit > 1 day all 50 US States plus DC (46 so far +5).*
101 20XX Go deep sea fishing and catch something big and heavy (100 lb tuna?).
102 20XX Hike at least 100 kilometers on the Appalachian Trail in a week.*
103 20XX Climb a 14k-ft mountain.*
104 20XX Walk on the Seven Continents (N Am, Europe, Asia, Australia, Africa, 5 so far +2)
105 20XX Visit Niagara Falls
106 20XX Drink 3000 beers, rate 1500 beers, 300 breweries, 70 styles, 100 countries, 50 states, and all 25 of the top-rated beers on BeerPal
107 20XX Run a successful global consulting firm (10 years).*
108 20XX Design / Build home (vacation or retirement)
109 20XX Visit (>1 day) 20 of 28 NATO countries (Albania, Belgium, Canada, Czech Republic, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Italy, Luxembourg, The Netherlands, Poland, Spain, Turkey, UK, USA, 16 so far + 4).*
110 20XX Visit (>1 day) 25 of 164 non-NATO UN Countries (Mexico, San Marino, Andorra, Cyprus, Israel, Egypt, Samoa, Australia, Japan, Korea, Thailand, China, Panama, Switzerland, Austria, Ireland, Kuwait, Iraq, Qatar, 19 so far + 6).*
111 2024 Celebrate a 40 year career & retire at age 63 to invest, travel, teach, write, and serve on various boards.
112 20XX Conduct a Vision Quest: Utah's Mystery Valley or equivalent. Blog about the experience and the results.
113 20XX Give my daughter's hand in marriage.
114 20XX Visit at least 25% (15 of 59) National Parks (Grand Canyon, Yosemite, Redwood, Sequoia, Shenandoah, Rocky Mountains, Grand Teton, Yellowstone, Great Sand Dunes, Death Valley, Great Falls, Acadia so far + 4).*
115 20XX Attend Losar, 3-day Lunar New Years Festival, in Tibet.*
116 20XX Read and actually comprehend Moby Dick.
117 20XX Ski first tracks at Deer Valley, Pagosa Springs, or Wolf Creek.
118 20XX Visit ASCE's Seven Wonders of the Modern World: The Golden Gate Bridge (San Francisco, California, USA, '67); The Panama Canal (Panama, '95); The Empire State Building (New York, USA, '06); The CN Tower (Toronto, Ontario, Canada); The Channel Tunnel (France and United Kingdom (England)); The North Sea protection works, including the Zuiderzee Works and Delta Works (The Netherlands); and The Itaipu Dam (Brazil and Paraguay).
119 20XX Play Pinehurst #2 in 100 strokes or better.
120 20XX See Iguaçu (Devil's Throat) Falls.*
121 20XX Ride the Orient Express, Paris to Istanbul.
122 20XX Bungee off a bridge. (OK, a smallish bridge, say, 100 meters.)
123 20XX Experience Mongolia's week-long Naadam Festival.
124 20XX Sail to and explore an uninhabited Caribbean island, such as Bajo Nuevo Bank.
125 20XX Tour MoMA with a personal guide.
126 20XX If I become a grandfather, be a great one!*
127 20XX Play harmonica like a Blues Traveler.
128 20XX Get 100 points of Acupuncture.
129 20XX Ride on a Segway for 100 minutes.
130 20XX See and hear a glacier calf.
131 20XX Run 100 meters with the Olympic Torch.
132 20XX Go tubing through caves in Belize.*
133 20XX Climb the (almost!) 100 steps of the pyramid at Chichen Itza.*
134 20XX Earn an Excellent Brewing award (coffee, beer, or both!).
135 20XX Walk 100 meters on the Great Wall of China.
136 20XX Ride on a 100 km bicycle tour of at least 3 of the 7 Trappist monasteries.*
137 20XX Attend a Notre Dame National Championship game.*
138 20XX Attend a World Series, Super Bowl, World Cup, or Stanley Cup.
139 20XX Go Coastal Cruising along the Atlantic seaboard or Island Hopping in the Caribbean.
140 20XX Earn Professor of the Year honors.
141 20XX Design a US Postage stamp.
142 20XX Watch 100 award-winning movies (30 Gold Palm and 70 Best Picture).
143 20XX Build a $10 million personal total investment portfolio (TIP).
144 20XX Create a Foundation: give away $1 million to purposefully improve the human condition (Health, Happiness, Prosperity).
145 2029 Organize and lead a national celebration: 400 years of the Doane family in America
146 20XX Cross 100 bridges on a motorcycle (see list for details).
147 20XX Fly an ultra-lite or hang glide for 100 minutes.
148 20XX Circumnavigate the globe. Can be multiple modes over many trips.*
149 20XX Visit 100 DC area breweries, brewpubs, beer bars.*
150 20XX Save someone's life.
151 20XX Hit a hole in one.
152 20XX Interview someone over 100 years old.
153 20XX Attend Wagner's Ring at the Met or the Bayreuth Wagner festival (Das Rheingold '10) Die Walküre, Siegfried, Götterdämmerung.
154 20XX Visit the Taj Mahal.
155 20XX Collect a stamp from at least 100 countries.
156 20XX Collect a beer bottle, cap, label, or deckel from at least 100 breweries.*
157 20XX Publish my 100th article or book chapter (see my C-V for details).*
158 20XX Visit 100 UNESCO World Heritage List sites (73 and counting! See
159 20XX Visit 12 important Asian natural / cultural landmarks (Cappadocia, Dome of the Rock +10).*
160 20XX Visit 12 important African natural / cultural landmarks (Pyramids of Giza + 11).*
161 20XX Visit 12 important Australia and Oceana natural / cultural landmarks (Uluru (Ayres Rock), Kakadoo, Sydney Opera, Great Barrier Reef + 8).*
162 20XX Visit 20 important North American natural / cultural landmarks (Have 8, need 12).*
163 20XX Visit 12 important Central American and Caribbean natural / cultural landmarks ().*
164 20XX Visit 12 important South American natural / cultural landmarks.*
165 20XX Publish my 3rd book (see my C-V for details).*
166 20XX Shake hands with a US President.
167 20XX Dive on a shipwreck or swim with manatees (or both!).
168 20XX Promote Health, Happiness, and Prosperity for all Human Beings (vice human doings).*
169 20XX Find Peace, Love, & Understanding.*
170 20XX Earn the respect, esteem, and affection of the important people in my world.*
171 2060 Celebrate my 100th birthday on 30 Dec 2060 by relaxing with 100 - 100 = 0 push-ups, 0 sit-ups, 0 minutes of running, and 0 oz of single-malt scotch.*
172 20XX Transition to the next phase of life with grace.*
Caveats, Disclaimers, and Sideways Glances
1. I created Version 1 when I was 40 and first got the idea of living to (age) + (100-age) = 100.
2. I vouch for all achievements, even though some dates and descriptions are based on imperfect memory.
3. It's reasonable and practical to control the achievement flow rate. I modify even completed goals.
4. The current version completely replaces all previous versions. Adds, mods, and drops are temporary.
5. Repeat achievements are added to the original as BONUS occurrences of the same thing.
6. The projected dates and chronological sequence of all future achievements in Part II? All SWAGs…
7. I openly admit the fact that there are lots of overlapping travel goals. Are we cool?
Ignoble Achievements and Epic Out-takes (Who never failed never tried!)
1971. Lost a round of spin the milk carton at lunch and "had" to kiss the prettiest girl in class. When I made my move I missed and kissed her right on the nose!
1979. Raced a small car. To make it fair, I drove in reverse. Across a bridge. Stupid human trick!
1984. Crashed my motorcycle while racing a car. The injury ended my Ranger School bid.
2001. Lived through the DC "Reign of Terror": 9/11, anthrax, sniper
2002. Suffered my most humiliating presentation ever: over-confident and not prepared for the audience.
2006. Turned down the War College to focus on my PhD. The decision capped my promotion potential.
2011. Survived a nearly 3-year battle with Stage IV papillary carcinoma.
2012. Withdrew from Walden to focus on my health. It can be so hard to do the right thing!
2012. Survived a brutal, 6 1/2-year divorce-athon.
Re: #001: I came into the world as David, a Bruce of the Doanes
Re: #003: All used local anesthesia except thyroid and neck.
Re: #004: Euro-Disney??
Re: #009: Referring here to a Protestant version such as King James or New International.
Re: #018: 555 lbs free weights, thighs parallel.
Re: #020: Pushed 300 up one time for entry into the 300 Club.
Re: #024: Detached garage for Robert Patterson, Rochester, MN.
Re: #026: Others to see: Cinque Terre.
Re: #030: Also familiar with M203 grenade launcher, M2 machine gun, M60 machine gun, M2 grenade launcher, M4 shotgun, M249 SAW.
Re: #035: Groundhog in KC, many more!
Re: #036: Maxed it at Ft Belvoir. Also scored >290 several times.
Re: #039: Camel, Turkey
Re: #040: Others include Red, Sea of Galilee, Indian Ocean, Arabian Sea, Caspian Sea
Re: #044: contracted to deliver a car DC to LA
Re: #046: Lesson learned. Once was enough!
Re: #050: Others sought: MS, National Resources, ICAF
Re: #052: Sadly, this didn't work out too well! (note to self: no one is 'perfect.')
Re: #054: Allison (94) and Madeline (97)
Re: #055: Others: Rhode Island, WA, OR, CA, IL, AK, AZ
Re: #056: Others: Australia, Brazil
Re: #057: I saw a civilian employee at Panzer Kaserne suffer a heart attack and die before first responders could revive him.
Re: #058: I delivered Madeline!
Re: #059: Led recon for attack route into Serbia from Albania.
Re: #061: Live in Belgium, South Africa, Honduras, Costa Rica.
Re: #063: Dolphins, Ireland. Minke whales, Boston Harbor.
Re: #064: Ski French Alps
Re: #066: Ran this race 6 times. Also ran '10 @ 1:53, '11 @ 2:10, & '13 @ 2+.
Re: #067: Azelea '00, many in Baghdad '07, '08, more!
Re: #069: with daughters A & M in a hot tub on our deck.
Re: #070: Sea-do, Lake of the Ozarks '04
Re: #071: I added a paper describing the 8D Method.
Re: #080: with Madeline.
Re: #083: I was the subject of a 9/11 cover story published in the Norfolk Daily News.
Re: #088: Bun Burner Award (1500 miles in 36 hours) or Bun Burner GOLD (1500 miles in 24 hours).
Re: #090: Made it to the 3d Annual Oak Ridge Area Hootenanny. Party was so good, I amended my WISH List after the fact.
Re: #091: Finished the Marine Corps Marathon after raising nearly $2K for LLS.
Re: #092: I run for weight mgt, stress mgt, and health. Live to 100.
Re: #094: Currently holding with 167 credit hours.
Re: #095: Add to States and National Parks visited.
Re: #098: Hawaii for M&D's 55th anniversary.
Re: #099: Petronas, Chrysler, Trump, 1776.
Re: #100: Alaska, Oregon, Montana, North Dakota, Vermont.
Re: #102: 50 kms out and back from Stony Man.
Re: #103: Mt. Blanca.
Re: #104: S Am, Antarctica.
Re: #106: Drank 2250 and rated 500 so far.
Re: #107: Praxophy, 2012-2022.
Re: #109: Bulgaria, Croatia, Estonia, Iceland, Latvia, Lithuania, Norway, Portugal, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia.
Re: #110: Indonesia, New Zealand, South Africa, Kenya, India, Afghanistan, Pakistan, Russia, Brazil, Peru, Iran.
Re: #111: 28 years Army, 12 years Praxophy (including 5 years with AFSC).
Re: #114: Arches, Denali, Glacier, Joshua Tree, Virgin Islands. Cape Cod National Seashore is operated by NPS but is not a National Park.
Re: #115: Losar occurs near or on the same day as the Chinese New Year and the Mongolian New Year, but the traditions of Losar are unique to Tibet, and predates both Indian and Chinese influences.
Re: #118: ASCE removed The Chesapeake Bay Bridge-Tunnel from their list and replaced it. Why is Hoover Dam not on this list?
Re: #120: Near the tri-border between Brazil, Argentina and Paraguay.
Re: #126: The first part is not up to me!
Re: #132: More info http://bit.ly/RLznbU.
Re: #133: Mayan pyramid ruin in Yucatan, 91 steps to the top.
Re: #136: Achel, Chimay, La Trappe (Koningshoeven), Orval, Rochefort, Westmalle, and Westvleteren. See
Re: #137: ND Football in 2012? Almost...
Re: #138: Nats in 2012? Almost…
Re: #148: Crossed Europe, Atlantic, US, and Pacific. Need to cross Asia.
Re: #149: Probably there already, just need to sort and count.
Re: #156: Probably there already, just need to sort and count.
Re: #157: Army Transformation; Investment math; Measure success; Human Capital Development.
Re: #158: 12 each from Africa, Asia, Australia & Oceana, Central America & Caribbean, and South America, plus 20 each from Europe and North America
Re: #159: Asia is everything east of the Urals and north of the Straits of Bosphorus.
Re: #162: See list for details.
Re: #164: Machu Picchu.
Re: #165: ABCs (architects, bldgs, & climes); Become a millionaire; This old house; Best of PhilosFX; Happiness manifesto; The Tao of Deve.
Re: #168: The results of positive choices and mindful living are a healthy mind in a healthy body, genuine gratitude and happiness, and material comfort.
Re: #169: My purpose is to find, exemplify, and share the values of Peace, Love, & Understanding.
Re: #170: This is my definition of a life well-lived.
Re: #171: I figure I will have earned a day off from the PT after counting down from 60 to zero. I may allow a nip of single-malt…
Re: #172: The conservation of mass supports my belief that life goes on after death. We have less certainty about what happens to our consciousness after death. I am curious, but I want to wait as long as possible to find out!