Wednesday, 22 January 2014

The Buried Life Project

The Video:

The List:
  1. Climb Mount Everest and the world’s summits
  2. Skydive solo
  3. Visit both poles
  4. Bungee jump
  5. Travel the world 
  6. Wing suit base jump
  7. Learn more languages
  8. Perform at Carnegie Hall
  9. Be the star of a blockbuster movie
  10. Do a triathlon
  11. Build a house
  12. Score a major screenplay
  13. Visit space
  14. Scuba dive
  15. Get accepted into University
  16. Get a doctorate degree
  17. Learn to cook well
  18. Write a book
  19. Paint a mural
  20. Learn a martial art and achieve a black belt
  21. Learn marksmanship
  22. Solve a crime
  23. Get a job busking
  24. Eat a ghost chill pepper
  25. Survive in the wideness without supplies
  26. Learn to fly a plane
  27. Sail across the sea
  28. Kiss a stranger
  29. Learn more instruments
  30. Restore a car
  31. Go train hopping
  32. Wind surf
  33. Backpack across Europe
  34. Do a Spartan Sprint
  35. Go rally racing
  36. Learn to sword fight
  37. Learn to surf
  38. Visit the White House
  39. Explore Hashima Island, Japan
  40. Visit Buckingham Palace
  41. Go spelunking
  42. Go white water kayaking
  43. Base jump into the Grand Canyon
  44. Tour with a band
  45. Win a major award
  46. Ride a bull
  47. Ski in the Swiss Alps
  48. Go cliff diving
  49. Get a tattoo
  50. Learn to do flips
  51. Skinny dip
  52. Visit the seven wonders of the world
  53. Go on an adventure with no advanced planning
  54. Visit a castle
  55. Learn to dance
  56. Captain a rigged ship
  57. Grow a beard
  58. Sneak into a restricted area
  59. Free climb a mountain
  60. Survive on only water a month
  61. Jet ski
  62. Own a motorcycle
  63. Cuddle with a lion or tiger
  64. Visit the Vatican
  65. Spend a week in solitude
  66. Drive a supercar
  67. Eat a live bug
  68. Stay in an underwater hotel
  69. Stay in the home of a stranger
  70. Learn to free dive
  71. Stand on top of a live volcano
  72. Pilot a helicopter
  73. Total a car
  74. Participate in the running of the bulls in Spain
  75. Visit Machu Picchu
  76. Get in a fight
  77. Take the Polar Bear Plunge
  78. Hike the Appalachian Trail
  79. Explore a rainforest or jungle
  80. Wrestle a crocodile
  81. Go hang gliding
  82. Kayak over a waterfall
  83. Sleep under the stars
  84. Disappear for some amount of time
  85. Eat bizarre foreign foods
  86. Master throwing knives
  87. Go hunting
  88. Learn calligraphy
  89. Learn to ride a horse
  90. Do the “No Pants Subway Ride”
  91. Run a marathon
  92. Go on a missionary journey
  93. Inspire someone
  94. Be in Times Square on New Years
  95. Go on a safari
  96. Live fearlessly
  97. Change someone’s life for the better
  98. Never waste a moment
  99. Live completely without regrets
  100. Leave behind a legacy
Writer's Note

Let me first say that the idea of creating a list containing everything I want to do before I die is something nearly impossible. If I were to truly write down everything that should belong on this list, the time spent writing it down alone would greatly surpass the amount of time left to accomplish all those things. However, I do have aspirations that go far beyond the realms of things that can be assumed. I decided that this list would not contain the obvious things that every person wants to do necessarily, but rather goals that stretch the boundaries of safety and comfort. I have always leaned to the side of thrill seeking, welcoming the craziness in the nature of my personality. I can only hope that this list showcases the kind of person I am, and moreover who I want to become.

I am under the impression that there are many people who create their bucket list without the intention to finish everything on it, which confuses me. In my opinion, the point of the list is to name things, planning on accomplishing these things within their lifetime. Therefore, I intend to complete this list before I die, which may serve as evidence that I have lived my life to the fullest. The way I see it, nearly anything is attainable with a respective amount of work. I see obstacles and challenges as merely something that can be overcome, and cause me to grow through it. Others may say this is unrealistic, but those who think such may never be free from the barrier of their mind holding them back.

There are a few different kinds of tasks on the list; there are those which I want to do purely for the thrill of the experience such as skydiving, and there are some that are great accomplishments which follow copious amounts of work and effort, coming together to achieve success, like winning an award or doing a triathlon. Lastly, there are things on this list that are there purely because of one motive: I can. These are things that I may not be able to accomplish at this point in time, however at some point in time, I may be. And when I am capable of doing these things, life with spontaneity and excitement seems much more attractive than merely watching the days fly by. I have every intention to live each day to its fullest. Because I can, I choose to seize the day.

Now What? (In the meantime...)

There are a few items on my list which I intend to attain in the near future. On of these is getting accepted into university. I have applied to the University of Manitoba Desautels Faculty of Music, and in mid February I will be auditioning on classical guitar. This is something that fills me with excitement and nervousness at the same time; as this is a huge next step in my life, and there is a lot of stress and pressure going into this audition. I don't know what the result will be, to be honest, though I am confident that if I work hard in practice leading up to this event, I am capable of being successful in my audition. However, it will take a lot of work, though the payoff will be bigger in the end.

The other goal I have that will likely be achieved soon is getting a job busking. I plan to call various coffee shops in the area, as well as the Forks, in order to apply to busk in those areas. This is  strange and very interesting job, because the pay is not guaranteed and likely inconstant, as it comes entirely from tips. If people like my performance, they may leave me a tip, which is completely variable in value. On the other hand, this job is nice, as I ill not be tied down by any contracts. I will be able to work when I want to, and never feel that I have specific designated hours that I need to serve. I am excited to get started busking, as it is something I have wanted to do for a while now, though my excessively busy schedule has disallowed this from happening. Soon, though, I will begin.


  1. great job on the video hope that you get almost all the items crossed off the list

  2. Some items on your list are kinda crazy eh? Like knife throwing? Makes me think of the hunger games hahaha. But some make a lot of sense like the university and learning new languages! I think your list is the perfect balance of crazy and practical! Well done!

  3. It's cool that you included things that might seem a little wild or hard to accomplish, because it's always good to have something to strive for. I'm curious - if you were to learn another instrument, which one would you pick up first?

  4. I really like how you included items that are far out of reach! Because although you might not think these things will happen you never know the opportunity could arise in the next years or two! I also enjoyed how you put some humour into your presentation as well!

  5. Thanks for the responses! Amelia, yes, knife throwing, haha! I tend to get pretty crazy. Selena: I don't completely know, I already play a lot of instruments, but the saxophone (probably beginning with alto) has always been an attractive option to me.

  6. good job on your presentation!!