Ann Nelson’s Life List


Ann Nelson was killed in the World Trade Center on Sept. 11, 2001. Among many of her belongings her mother Jennette was given her daughter’s laptop. She never opened it, until recently. What she found filed on Ann’s computer was a complete surprise. A file titled, "Top 100." It was a list of Ann’s top life goals. Below are the 36 entries she made before dying. Can you imagine what other items would have made this incredible woman’s list if she had lived? She is inspiring to say the least.

Ann’s List

1. be healthy/healthful
2. be a good friend
3. keep secrets
4. keep in touch with people I love and that love me
5. make a quilt
6. Nepal
7. buy a home in north Dakota
8. get a graduate degree
9. learn a foreign language
10. kilamajaroo
11. never be ashamed of who I am
12. be a person to be proud of
13. always keep improving
14. read every day
15. be informed
16. knit a sweater
17. scuba dive in the barrier reef
18. volunteer for a charity
19. learn to cook
20. learn about art
21. get my cfa
22. grand canyon
23. helicopter ski with my father
23. spend more time with my family
24. remember birthdays
25. appreciate money but don’t worship it
26. learn how to use a computer !!
27. visit the new york public library
28. maine
29. learn to write
30. walk = exercise but also see the world first
31. learn about other cultures
32. be a good listener
33. take time for friends
34. kayak
35. drink water
36. learn about wine

You can read more about Ann here.

3 responses to “Ann Nelson’s Life List”

  1. Tonya says:

    Wow! What a thing to find on your loved ones computer! This has inspired me to create my own top 100 list! Thank you so much for sharing this story!

  2. Susie says:

    I love the graphic. Where did you get it? 🙂

  3. Cindy says:

    Susie, thanks for bringing that to my attention. It should have been listed in the links provided below the post. It wasn’t and I’ve spent some of this morning trying to locate the source. We always credit photography or graphics when they are taken from the article/s we quote or another source. I will try to find it for you. But I may take it down if I can’t find the source. It shouldn’t be credited to our blog, because it isn’t where it originated. It’s lovely though, I agree!

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