Just Say Yes

The Inspiration

I’ve always tried to figure out what defines Nick Merlino by determining the things that I like to do. However, it’s not doing certain things that I want to define me, but it’s being able to make the best of anything. I’ve already done many things in my life that initially made me uncomfortable due to their high-risk or due to doubting myself, but those things were some of the best I’ve ever done. I’ve backpacked across Europe, lived with and hosted a foreign exchange student, danced like no one was watching, went skinny dipping, went skydiving, told someone that I could see myself with them forever, joined a fraternity, killed the karaoke stage, went scuba diving, went cliff jumping, bought a Tesla, and so much more. I am trying to live my life by embracing one of my favorite quotes, “I’d rather regret the things I’ve done than regret the things I haven’t done” (Lucille Ball), and it feels great.

I’m grateful that I have a group of friends who already live in this mindset and who are willing to join me along the way. The experiences that I have chosen are limited by what is realistic for me. That being said, I’m lucky to have the financial resources and opportunities to be able to do each item on this list, because I know that many out there have had the same idea as me and their list of what is realistic is more limited than mine.

The Idea

I’m going to go on adventures, do activities, play games, be productive, learn new skills, and seek discomfort. Some experiences need to be scheduled, some are going to be spontaneous. Some I’ve already done, some are completely new. All are federally legal, because my long-term employment is very important.

If you want to join me, whether I know you or not, then I’d love to have you there with me. I’m inviting anyone who let’s me know they want to do each activity using this quick checklist of what’s left on my list.

Experiences so Far

I’ll be making a video now and again of some of the things I’ve done. I have only taken videos of a few activities so I’m sorry if you’re not in any videos yet, but that’s just more of a reason to join me on future ones!

The List