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100 Things To Do Before You Die

The Killers? No, you sillies...these are the boys from The Buried Life. This is why all the supermodels come from Canada.

When I first saw a teaser clip for MTV’s The Buried Life (, I had to walk to my bathroom to grab a Kleenex because I started crying.  This is the effect of good deeds; I am reduced to tears quite often or sniffing heavily to hold back the flood gates. 

The Buried Life originated with four friends (Duncan, Ben, Dave and Jonnie – all telegenic, gorgeous, lovable, humourous, altruistic Canadians) from Victoria, BC who decided to create a bucket list of ‘things to do before I die’ and set off on accomplishing those goals.  In their quest to execute their personal missions (from the inane to the profound), they in turn would try to help others along the way.  What began as a grass-roots documentary was picked up by MTV as a reality series.  The premise is quite simple.  They ask the question:  “What do you want to die before you die?”  (The boys also have a stable of suave dance moves The Buried Life Dancers)

After much pondering under the shade of an old maple tree, I began to create my own list.  While I have pushed myself hard to veer off the beaten path (“OMG, what did I get myself into?”) and to pursue the interests which resonate deeply in my heart, I still have dreams which I hope one day I can say I have realized.  Here are a few that I would like to share with you…(in no particular order).

Look at that cutie's face! So worth the allergic hives. My sister says koalas are heavier than you think they would be.

  • Hug a Koala – When I was in Grade 5, I was obsessed with koalas.  I even did a school project on them. Scratch that; I was REALLY OBSESSED.  I was fascinated with their pug noses, their soft fur, their peculiar faces and fondness for eucalyptus and sleeping.  A few years later, my sister went on a solo tour of Australia and brought back images of her hugging koalas.  Looking tortured, I roared, “Do you hate me??!!  This is my dream.”  Since then, I’ve come to the realization that it’s okay for other people to hug koalas too. 

Totally my Rainbow Brite bike, except mine was baby pink.

  • Learn to ride a bike…properly – This one is kind of embarrassing.  But I hope that in sharing it with you, it won’t inspire mockery instead that you might think of something from your childhood, you can overcome.  Growing up, I had a pink Rainbow Brite bike with streamers on the handlebars and a white wicker basket.  I practiced all the time with my training wheels but when they finally came off, I could not ride it straight to save my life.  My parents finally gave up on my whining to go out and practice because of my numerous failed attempts.  I know.  Major Teardrop.  Maybe a part of me never believed I could or that I would fall.  When I cross this one off, I will scream at the top of my lungs, ‘YES! YES! YES!!!!!’ and ride happily into the sunset.

Oh Egypt...when will we shimmie together?

  • Bellydance in Egypt – Like the crumbling pyramids and ancient landmarks that rise in the Sahara desert, the tradition of bellydancing is fading away.  Having studied the Eastern dance whose roots are steeped in celebrating the woman, good luck, fertility and abundance, it would be remarkable to dance in the place, Cairo, where its history began.  Thinking about this one gives me goosebumps. A brief video: Egypt Loses Taste for Bellydance – BBC

The bucket list is a work in progress since every time you check something off, a new inspired idea forms and takes its place.  While I have countless more thrill-seeking and exciting, others social and humanitarian, there is no right or wrong.  Only you can determine what matters most and what legacy is worth leaving behind. 

“Dreams pass into the reality of action. From the actions stems the dream again; and this interdependence produces the highest form of living.” – Anais Nin



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