Have you ever wondered what it would be like to pack up your life and set out on an adventure to complete a list of things you have always wanted to do? Australian Sebastian Terry did just that, and after seven years ticking off items from a list of 100 Things, he has many more to go, but along the way has inspired many others to do the same.
Stopping by the University of Newcastle’s (UON) Callaghan campus on 23 May, Sebastian (Seb) reflected on his own experiences and in doing so encouraged students to consider and chase their dreams. Supported by iLead Plus and the Faculty of Health and Medicine Scholars Program, Seb engaged UON students with his story of personal growth and the importance of being ambitious in the pursuit of personal and collective happiness.
After the death of a close friend in 2009, Seb, then aged 27 and in the midst of an overseas trip, decided to put pen to paper and re-create a list of 100 Things. Talking about his adventures, including marrying a stranger in Vegas, representing a country at something (it happened to be the Mauritian national rugby team and they won the African Championships!), to delivering a stranger’s baby in Canada, Seb has achieved many weird and wonderful things.
Seb’s story has become more than just travelling the world, ticking items off his list. His journey now sees him helping others to fulfil their own dreams and aspirations through passionately advocating the notion of “People helping People”. In practical terms, this has seen Seb pushing a man in a wheelchair for a half marathon event, helping a group of people complete the Kokoda Track, and successfully organising a recent crowd funding campaign to help a terminally ill Australian woman play in the snow for the first time.
During his talk, Seb touched on the positivity that emerges through diversity; the art and power of helping others; and the wonder of stepping out of your comfort zone. These words of wisdom, and the real-life inspirational examples that accompany them, can be found in Seb’s Internationally-published book, his new reality TV series, and the 100 Things online portal where people share their goals and help others do the same.
So the question remains, #WhatsOnYourList?