Friday, September 10, 2010

theburiedlife

 Four guys - one massive bucket list.

But often, in the world's most crowded streets,
But often, in the din of strife,
There rises an unspeakable desire
After the knowledge of our buried life;
A thirst to spend our fire and restless force
In tracking out our true, original course;
A longing to inquire
Into the mystery of this heart which beats
So wild, so deep in us--to know
Whence our lives come and where they go.

It probably all started when Mandy Moore played the preacher's dying daughter in 'A Walk to Remember'. In the movie she starts a list of things to do. Join the peace core. Get a tattoo. Then it was Jack Nicholson and Morgan Freeman in 'The Bucket List', flying out of airplanes and laughing till they cried. Now, it's a hit cable TV show - 'The Buried Life'.

They started as four friends in their early twenties who were tired of doing what everyone wanted them to do and decided to be awesome instead, they'd saved money from working in the mines and - inspired by the above poem by Matthew Arnold - set out to travel the world and cross off an 100-item list of things to do before they die. Play basketball with Obama, tour with a band, jump off a waterfall.. It's the kind of epic things you expect to write on paper - and not see fully realised.

I think it's too easy to get trapped doing things you don't want to, to live a life that doesn't feel like yours - it's too easy to forget the big dreams you had when you were a kid, too easy to think they can't be reached. But The Buried Life and these four guys - funny Canadians - a bit like 'Jackass' - they make you want to dream big, and just go for it. Get writing on that list, if you haven't already.

What's on your bucket list?
lo que está en tu lista de cosas que hacer antes de morir?

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