My Impossible List

A list of some of the things I want to work towards in my life. Some are simple things, others fantastical, yet others almost impossible. I've written them down to remind me to keep pushing for what I want for myself and the people around me.

If you want to see what I'm up to right now, check out the now page.

Note: These are just goals and aspirations. Don't mix these up with a sense of worth or value as a human being. Read more: Aspirations and worth.

Recently acheived 🎉

  • Do a muscle-up (on a bar) [June 2022] #physical
  • Front split right [April 2022] #physical
  • Full stalder press [Mar 2022] #physical

Life 🔥

  • Completely stop biting my nails
    • Grow guitar nails on my right hand(?) [June 2020]
  • Publish my own tiny introspective book
  • Have 1m NOK in the bank [May 2020]
  • Renovate and set up home base on island [Dec 2021]

Read about my life.

Physical 🥦

  • Do 100 consecutive pushups
  • One-armed pushup (with proper form)
  • Muscle-ups
    • Do a muscle-up (in rings) [June 2020]
    • Do a muscle-up (on a bar) [June 2022]
    • Do a full L-sit muscle-up in rings
  • Ring levers
    • Front lever for 15s
    • Back lever for 15s
  • "Basic" handstands~
    • Lift to handstand from sitting l-hold [Aug 2020]
    • Press to handstand (Standing, feet apart) [Sep 2020]
    • Pike press [Apr 2021]
    • Full stalder press [Mar 2022]
  • One-armed handstand
    • Left
    • Right
  • Handstand in rings
  • Planches
    • Full planche
    • Planche push-ups
    • Plance press to handstand
  • 20 consecutive pullups [Sep 2020]
  • Splits
    • Front split left
    • Front split right [April 2022]
    • Front split left with square hips
    • Front split right with square hips
    • Side split
  • Hanging flag
    • Left
    • Right
  • Run from Pl. Independència → Castell de Sant Miquel and back in <1h (→12km,↑320m)
    • PR is about 1h10m
  • Run the Stoltzenkleiven-opp race in Bergen

Adventure ⚡️

  • Row from Varvik or Harstad → Lofoten
  • Climb 5 mountains in Vesterålen (the region I’m from) (2/5)
  • Bike from Norway → Spain
  • Spend a weekend together with all my friends from around the world
  • Walk El Camino de Santiago across Spain
  • Do a trip through Europe with "no" luggage
  • Trans-Siberian Express to China and stay for a while

Read about my adventures here.

Travel/living abroad 🌍

  • Live in Tanzania
  • Live in Taiwan
  • Live in Jordan
  • Live in the Azores
  • Travel to Bohn, Germany with my friend Jan
  • Travel to all the provinces of Spain (4/52)
    • Cádiz, Guipúzcoa, Girona, Barcelona

Read about my travel and adventures here.

Note: By "live" I mean spend a fair amount of time (>4 months) in a specific area.

Note 2021: I hope to get to go to these places, but I'm conflicted because of climate change.

Events to attend 📅

  • VM i Skreifeske i Lofoten
  • Trænafestivalen
  • Some polyglot conference
  • A stick chair woodworking course or get together

Professional 🕳

  • Properly learn the Julia programming language
  • Learn important aspects of systems programming and Rust
  • Learn and know how to use essential shell commands
  • Use meta programming for something useful and productive
  • Build an iOS app and publish it on the App Store
    • I've made many, but not published any
  • Use ML/AI for a project in work
  • Build a "finished" IoT prototype product

Skills 🧰

Languages 🐋

  • Learn Lithuanian
  • Learn Ukrainian
  • Learn to speak (and not only read) French fluently
  • Learn Arabic
  • Learn Swahili
  • Learn Italian
  • Learn Portuguese
  • Learn a sign language: NSL (Norwegian Sign Language)

Read  about my language learning.

Note: By "learn"  I mean "to be able to comfortably hold conversations in on a range of central topics of importance"

Guitar 🎼

  • Learn to play Capricho Árabe on the classical guitar
  • Play the guitar in public with my father
  • Create my own arrangement of a song
  • Play, record and use a recording for a project

Read  about my guitar playing.

Drawing ✏️

  • Learn to draw figure drawings
  • Learn to draw botanical illustrations in watercolours
  • Memorise the most important anatomical structures of the human body
  • Know the entire human skeletal system
  • Know the entire human muscular system

Cooking 🍷🍴

  • Learn to cook staples from the North-Norwegian kitchen with my grandmothers
    • Bremangerlefse (bæsta)
    • Boknafesk
    • Kvæfjordkaka
    • Fjærsei
    • Rømmegrøt (bæsta)
    • Gomme (farmor)
    • Krydderkake (farmor)
  • Learn to "perfectly" make the five "mother sauces" of la Cuisine Française:
    • Béchamel
    • Espagnole
    • Velouté
    • Hollandaise
    • Tomate

Read about my cooking.


  • Learn to renovate a house/flat
  • Learn a bit of some dance styles:
    • Salsa
    • Swing
    • Tango
  • Learn 50 poems by heart ( 5/50 )
    • Love One Another - Gibran Khalil Gibran
    • El viento en la isla - Pablo Neruda
    • La reina - Pablo Neruda
    • Parlen les dones - Montserrat Abelló
    • Det er den draumen - Olav H. Hauge

This page is inspired by The Impossible List. I first read about it here.

Retired goals 🧓

  • Learn to dis- and assemble a car engine [not a priority]
  • Build a brand for my company and maintain it for some time [I don't really want this in retrospect]
  • Learn Russian [not a priority, 28/8/2022]
  • Learn Mandarin Chinese [not a priority, 28/8/2022]
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