The Buried Life – What do you want to do before you die?

What do you want to do before you die? That question is at the heart of The Buried Life, a TV series that ran on MTV in 2010.

What Is The Buried Life?

The Buried Life features four young men from Canada (Ben Nemtin, Dave Lingwood, and brothers Duncan and Jonnie Penn), who make a list of 100 things they want to do before they die and set out to do those things. It’s the same concept as a bucket list. They drive a bus around America doing the stuff on the list.

The Buried LifeSome sample things on their list:

  • Ask out the girl of your dreams (a celebrity)
  • Tell a joke on a late night talk show
  • Escape from a deserted island
  • Crash a parade
  • Play basketball with the president
  • Get in a fight

I don’t want to spoil anything, but the guys on The Buried Life don’t always manage to do the thing they sent out to do on the episode. That’s kind of the point, because most of the items have a certain degree of difficulty or risk to accomplish. Their list is not a set of mundane items like “go skydiving” or “visit Paris” that anyone could do simply by paying money.

The Buried Life works on several levels. At first it might seem to be another MTV reality show about young people doing stuff. But it’s not a reality show; it’s more a documentary than anything.

The Buried Life is great for escapist entertainment, but it’s also deeper, because it makes you think about your own life, or at least it should.

Here’s a trailer for the show:

The Message of The Buried Life

What do you want to do before you die?

That question should make you think. If you watch The Buried Life with the right attitude, it will make you start thinking about what you want to do with your life, maybe some of the same things the guys on the show want to do, and probably some totally different things, too.

Another tagline of the show is Anyone can do anything.

It’s also a pretty good example of cashing in on your passion. Those guys didn’t just start doing things on their bucket list. They got a major network to pay them to be on TV and travel around the country having fun and doing what they want to do anyway. Do what you want, get paid for it, and get some degree of fame for doing it, too.

The Buried Life Gives Back

Besides chasing their own bucket list adventures, on each episode of the show, the guys help a stranger do something on that person’s list, usually something they would have had trouble doing on their own. This often involves things like reuniting with someone they haven’t seen in years.

The Future of The Buried Life

The show ended prematurely after only 18 episodes, which you can get on DVD.

Since the list had 100 items on it and each episode focused on one item, it sure looks like the plan was to make many more episodes. The future is unclear, although the guys are reportedly working with MTV on a new project.

The guys also published a book, What Do You Want to Do Before You Die?, which became a number one bestseller.

Go check out The Buried Life and soak in its message.

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