Tuesday, January 26, 2010

Caren Explains The Buried Life

Aside from its sobering, morbid name (I guess 'The Bucket List' was taken?) I'm intrigued by MTV's newest reality show, The Buried Life.

In fact, this is the first MTV reality show since The Real World (circa 1992-1996) that hasn't made me feel shallow, judgmental, cynical and/or ashamed of America (and myself for watching).

The premise of this new show is pretty simple: "1 question. 4 guys. 100 things to do before you die." For every task the guys cross off the list, they help somebody accomplish a task off their own -- a "pay it forward" kind of gesture.

The question: What do you want to do before you die?

I compiled a list like this a few years ago and recently revisited it. Here's what's I came up with. What's on yours?
  • Visit Jerusalem
  • Meet a president
  • Produce a movie
  • Build a church
  • Buy a house
  • Start a business
  • Interview Sir Paul McCartney
  • Watch the Super Bowl from the Super Bowl
  • Be a mentor to another businesswoman
  • Make a completely irrational decision
  • Attend a taping of Saturday Night Live
  • Create a comprehensive family history book
  • Go to Norway and meet my relatives
  • Finish a triathlon
  • Become a mom
  • Figure out the significance of 4-8-15-16-23-42
  • Go skydiving
  • Learn another language (and use it)
  • Join the board of a non-profit
  • Record a song
  • See Bob Dylan, Bruce Springsteen, U2, Van Morrison and Tom Petty in concert
  • Publish a book
  • Have a painting displayed in a gallery
  • Work for a music magazine
  • Travel to my ancestors' village in Ireland
  • Save a life
  • Go to the Olympics


Anonymous said...

I love you!

Rafael Corrales: said...

You haven't made a "completely irrational decision"? I feel like these happen all the time for everyone ;)

monica.chambers said...

Love it. I don't have enough audacious goals. I'll run my list by you later but it definitely involves a lot of eating ;)

Also you mentioned that all MTV shows make you feel dirty. What about "Made"? Love that show!

Caren (CK) said...

Good point. I did like MADE before every episode was about a jock/nerd/overweight girl trying to win a beauty pageant.

bazookaluca said...

I've always wanted to do a tour of the world's greatest festivals (excluding all the music festivals, that's another list):

-Carnival in Rio & Venice
-Mardi Gras in New Orleans
-Running of the bulls in Pamplona
-La Tomatina in Bunol
-The battle of the oranges in Ivrea
-Fantasy Fest in Key West
-Beerfest in Munich
-The Yamayaki grass burning in Japan
-New Year's Eve in Times Square
-Chinese New Year's in Beijing

I'm not sure if it's feasible to do 'em all in the same year, but that would be amazing (and exhausting.)

Jesse Harding said...

Great list! I too am fascinated by The Buried Life and agree that this is the first decent MTV show in a long time. You've got a great list with some awesome items on it. I've had a bucket list since I was about 12 years old and five months ago I decided to rewrite it. I've been trying to work on it and I'm having the most fun I've had in a long time. I wish you the best of luck with your list and I have no doubt that you'll be able to cross everything off of it. Have a blast!