#35 Donate blood

Yesterday was a bloody adventure: I went to the blood donation clinic with @JSaggau in Vancouver.

I hadn’t donated before, so I was a little bit anxious. I had no idea how I was going to react to seeing my blood being pumped out of me.

Over a year ago I’d tried to donate with another friend, but I had been to Mexico within the past six months, and that meant that I could have had malaria in my system.

But trying to go before proved to not be a complete waste of time: All of my information was still on file which sped up my second attempt at donating.

I am pretty proud of myself for going.

I’ve never been afraid of needles or blood, but it’s a little surreal to see your own blood flowing out of your arm.

Regardless, I didn’t faint, puke, cry or even break a sweat.

And not only did I get to cross something off of my 10 year list, but the pint of blood I donated will help to save others’ lives.

8 down, 93 to go.

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#34 Break a world record

When I first put this goal on my 10 year list, I had assumed that it would be more of a long-term goal.

Lucky for me, it’s the seventh item completed on my list.

Josh Dueck, a Paralympic silver medalist, partnered with Worksafe B.C. set out to break the world record for the most high fives in 24 hours.

He started his mission on Aug. 27 at 6 p.m. and ended it at the same time on Saturday the 28th.

Within 24 hours, Dueck managed to high five 9,230 people at the Pacific National Exhibition and Empire Field, far surpassing the previous record of 3,130.

And I was one of those 9,230 people.

I’d like to think that I was the 3,131st person to slap his hand, but considering that I high fived Dueck mid-afternoon on Saturday, I highly doubt that was the case.

Regardless, I took part in breaking a world record, and I’m crossing it off my list.

7 down, 94 to go.

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