What Do You Want to Do Before You Die?

I just bawled my eyes out while watching MTV.

Now, before you judge me (boo pre-judgement), please hear me out.  I just finished watching the latest episode of The Buried Life, a show that has quickly become my favorite 30 minutes of television every week.  What the heck is The Buried Life, you ask?

The Buried Life Trailer

If you can’t access YouTube, here’s a quick rundown:

Relying on goodwill, guts and gumption Duncan, Ben, Dave and Jonnie travel the globe in a purple transit bus to complete a list of ‘100 things to do before you die’. For every item they complete on their list, they help a stranger achieve one of their dreams. Everywhere they go they ask the question: What do you want to do before you die?

I’ve only seen two episodes of the show and I’m already hooked.  I’m absolutely in love with the premise and the show itself is highly entertaining and motivational.  Sure, the crazy things on their list make for some excellent television – but the best part of the show is clearly their weekly attempt to help a complete stranger cross something off their own list.  On the episode that had me crying, the guys raised enough money to fly a young girl out to Colorado to visit her mom’s grave for the first time.  It was unbelievable.

When you break it to the simplest terms, this is what life is all about – making memories, finding a way to be happy, taking chances, and helping others do the same.

I feel like I have an opportunity to do some pretty awesome things in my life, and Nerd Fitness is allowing me to help others cross things off of their own lists.  Whether it’s losing 100 pounds, running a marathon, or sticking around long enough to watch your kids graduate college, I want to help you with your list.  I’ve seen what getting in shape can do for somebody’s self-confidence and drive – If I can help you turn things around in your own life, you’ll hopefully inspire others to do the same.

I realize it’s really uncool to watch MTV these days, but this show is worth a watch – it’s a half-hour reminder to have some fun, do things you love, and help other people along the way.  Whether they’re trying to party at the Playboy Mansion, make a toast at a stranger’s wedding, or compete in a Krump contest in L.A., the Buried Life are living proof that anything is possible if you put your mind to it.

If you want to check out the show, you can watch full episodes over on MTV.com.

Now, while I’m helping other people level up their lives, I’d like to eventually cross a few things off my own list (which I just started making myself).  Here are six things I’d like to do cross off my list:

  1. Become a published author.
  2. Visit New Zealand.
  3. Skydive.
  4. Get in the end credits of a movie.
  5. Save somebody’s life.
  6. Compete in Ninja Warrior

Some of those things seem relatively easy given enough time and money, others not so much (Ninja Warrior, saving somebody’s life), but I honestly feel like nothing on this list is off the table.  That’s why it’s on my list!

I want to hear five things from your list in the comments – nothing is considered too easy or too hard.  Make sure you put down your correct email address (it will remain private) when posting a comment, so I can reach out to you if there’s anything I can do to help you cross something off your list.

Let’s have some fun, and let’s help each other.

-Steve

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90 thoughts on “What Do You Want to Do Before You Die?

  1. Pretty awesome stuff Tom.

    I hope you get away in the police chase too! Let me know when you're robbing a bank.

    -Steve

  2. Razor Ramon used to be my Hero in like 4th grade. I think I even tried to do the Razor's Edge once on a friend of mine and probably dropped him on his head. Woops.

    -Steve

  3. Just go to Thailand, riding an elephant over there is like riding a bicycle over here, hahaha.

    Who's your hockey team? I'm a bruins fan, and I don't know if they'll ever be able to get their act together in the playoffs to win.

    -Steve

  4. What size venue, and where? Let me know when you get it and I'll definitely come by for a show.

    -Steve

  5. I've always wanted to design my own house as well. Do you have the design done? Would love to see it.

    -Steve

  6. Good luck on your marathon run Hugh – and hopefully see you in Boston in 2011!

    Where in Central America?

    -Steve

  7. Sounds like 8 solid goals, and I'd be up to do all of those too.

    Except the bikini one…little tougher for guys to look smoking hot in one of them 🙂

    -Steve

  8. Hahahaha thanks for the comments Curtis,

    looking good nekkid is a great goal – who DOESN'T want to look good naked?

    Good luck on med school and the boards, I have a few friends who are doctors-in-training, so let me know if you need any advice or help and I can see if they have any tips to pass along.

    -Steve

  9. I've been doing stand-up for about 6 months now. I'll let you know when I get on TV although, *coughshamelessselfpromotioncough* I AM in Atlanta and my next performance is at the Laughing Skull Lounge on March 10th. It's an open mike competition for a spot at the Dogwood festival. You know, in case you want to send people to cheer for the nerdy guy.

    I may have to edit my list too. On my way home from work, I saw a guy on a motorcycle and remembered that I want one. What's sad is I immediately thought of this list and decided that the kid would have to go. Motorcycles are more fun anyway.

  10. Man this is a really great post! I have been putting together a “bucket list” for awhile but seeing these guys actually do it is so inspiring to me. I need to get out and do something.

    My List:

    1. Camp in the bottom of the Grand Canyon
    2. Do a triathlon
    3. Get Married
    4. Run my own photography business
    5. Make some really great documentary films about interesting people.

  11. As someone who just visited New Zealand after many years of wanting to go, I love that it's on your list. Do it!

    I have a similar list of things I want to do, including:

    1. Complete a triathlon.
    2. Reach a healthy weight.
    3. Own my own business.
    4. Take my mom to the Grand Canyon.
    5. Move to New Zealand. 😉

  12. 1) Hit My Goal Weight
    2) Visit The Eiffel Tower
    3) Get A Chubby Pin-Up Girl Tattoo
    4) Learn How To Play The Piano My Grandmother Gave Me
    5) Win An Award For My Photography

  13. I want to learn how to forge my own knives.

    I want to get my doctorate in History or Anthropology.

    I want to teach at a University.

    I want the focus of the work I do everyday to be something more than just profit.

    I want to finally get back into shape.

  14. Hey Curtis,

    Good look on your goals. I just finished medical school at WUSM, (foreign) and am currently being rocked by the US medical boards. Let me know if you need any help. My email id is brownshuga911@hotmail.com – It's an old email id from when I was 12 :$:$

  15. Loving yours! I don't think a vegetarian that hates all forms of bugs would be able to do #4.
    I had a puppy and at the beginning was going nuts with it. Let me know if i can be of any help if you have things to figure out and what not. Take pics and videos, they grow up fast *sniff

  16. I totally just found your site today, and I felt the urge to comment on this post…maybe mentioning a few things on my Bucket List will actually kick me into gear on completing them?

    In no particular order:
    1. Visit New Zealand- not only do I have friends there, but it's where they filmed LotR…and I sure as heck want to frolic around the site that the filming occurred…with my Evenstar necklace.
    2. Return to the UK- It was amazing. Words cannot describe what it was like to get to rehearse in the rehearsal room that belongs to the Globe Theater, or taking the train to Scotland. On that note: King's Cross Station isn't numbered…it's lettered. But they do have a spot being all '9 and 3/4' with a carriage sticking out of the wall…
    3. Get over my stage fright- I've nearly had panic attacks before having to do a monologue, hell, during a scene in class, I couldn't get through my lines without stuttering (though, I do still know my lines). As a theater minor…it really sucks to be terrified of doing something you love. …yet I can do things for Rocky Horror just fine (then again, I'm not cast…I'm crew. But I still get to be scantily clad.)
    4. Make a difference in the world- It doesn't have to be some large gesture…I just want to do something to help make it a better place.
    5. Learn to properly walk in heels- I've been a female all of my life. I'm 20. I still can't walk in them without clunking around (I'd add without tripping, but I do that without heels)…and I'm in them fairly often, so it'd be nice.

    …hrm…probably didn't need to give explanations, but I did. I guess I'm just that bored.

  17. I totally just found your site today, and I felt the urge to comment on this post…maybe mentioning a few things on my Bucket List will actually kick me into gear on completing them?

    In no particular order:
    1. Visit New Zealand- not only do I have friends there, but it's where they filmed LotR…and I sure as heck want to frolic around the site that the filming occurred…with my Evenstar necklace.
    2. Return to the UK- It was amazing. Words cannot describe what it was like to get to rehearse in the rehearsal room that belongs to the Globe Theater, or taking the train to Scotland. On that note: King's Cross Station isn't numbered…it's lettered. But they do have a spot being all '9 and 3/4' with a carriage sticking out of the wall…
    3. Get over my stage fright- I've nearly had panic attacks before having to do a monologue, hell, during a scene in class, I couldn't get through my lines without stuttering (though, I do still know my lines). As a theater minor…it really sucks to be terrified of doing something you love. …yet I can do things for Rocky Horror just fine (then again, I'm not cast…I'm crew. But I still get to be scantily clad.)
    4. Make a difference in the world- It doesn't have to be some large gesture…I just want to do something to help make it a better place.
    5. Learn to properly walk in heels- I've been a female all of my life. I'm 20. I still can't walk in them without clunking around (I'd add without tripping, but I do that without heels)…and I'm in them fairly often, so it'd be nice.

    …hrm…probably didn't need to give explanations, but I did. I guess I'm just that bored.

  18. 1. Run across 50 countries, starting with the United States.
    2. Go to Stanford
    3. Become a surgeon
    4. Write novels
    5. Become a Navy SEAL
    6. Help my little brothers and my cousin go to college.

  19. 1. Look hot in nice clothes
    2. Become a successful architect (Gonna enroll in Architecture after my enlistment in the army)
    3. Travel around Europe
    4. Have a nice house with a garden and 3 cats
    5. Have a nice vintage car

  20. I know I’m coming to this a little late (last comment 5 months ago??!!), but I figured I’d post anyways 🙂

    1) Get my novel published (finished it about 5 years ago), and write more novels
    2) Be happy with my weight/body composition
    3) Adopt a dog
    4) Raise kids (2)
    5) Play in a bouncy castle, possibly also with a ball-room style moat and fighting with inflatable swords…. I already have the swords!
    6) Ride an elephant
    7) Eat ostrich
    8) Learn Archery
    9) Learn Falconry
    10) Do ten “real” push-ups (yes, in a row!)

  21. !. Visit countries outside of the United States of America.
    2. Complete Associates Degree
    3. Raise 2 fine young men.
    4. Eat for life (healthy eating habits)
    5. See the Aurora Borealis in Alaska
    6. Visit Grand Canyon
    7. Fall in Love
    8. Stay in Love
    9. Be in the best shape of my life in the future
    10. Have a job I enjoy being a part of everyday!

  22. 1. Gain enough experience and knowledge to become a software architect
    2. Learn Japanese and travel to Japan (possibly naturalize and live there)
    3. Become fit, built, and an expert at one martial art at least
    4. Have a huge knowledge base ranging from how to tie a sailor’s knot to lifehacks to understanding basic quantum physics
    5. Take a trip around the world
    6. Become skilled at military tactics and CQB

  23. 1) Go to Tahiti, and stay for a while.
    2) Same for Seychelles, Mauritius, New Zealand and MANY more places
    3) Finish my Ngöndro (series of meditation in TIbetan Buddhism tradition)
    4) Write a book. Ideally publish it.
    5) Earn enough money to ride horses, preferably EVERY day.

  24. I know this is a really old post, but I’m new, so I’m going for it:
    1. Run an entire 5k
    2. Learn to speak French
    3. Go to a Stanley Cup Finals game (preferably in Phoenix)
    4. Fish for halibut in Alaska
    5. Learn a martial art

  25. Saving a life? You have likely already done that, through helping folks become healthier and more fit!

  26. Hey Steve, just wanted you to know that I also ‘want to compete in a Ninja Warrior’ item in my list! I also want to finish up an Iron Man competition and if you can post anything about this competition (I haven’t read all of your archives and I am a rookie rebel yet – I started reading your blog last week) specially about swimming and biking (as you have a lot of stuff about the marathon part already) you would be helping me level up even more!

    My first thing right now is to absolutely get in the absolutely best shape of my life as I am obese (my BMI is 34.72 so I am almost going to class 2 obesity =/) and I have low energy throughout my days in a regular basis. Somedays I really feel like sh**. I have already bought all of your guides (I really loved the fitness guide so I bought the other two) and I am “competing” in current fitness challenge. Really love your blog mate! Cheers!

  27. 1. Scuba in the Barrier Reef
    2. Learn 5 languages
    3. Get a book published
    4. Loose 80 Lbs, bring my BMI down to a healthy level
    5. Start an Aquaponics farm
    6. Visit every continent
    6.a. Visit every Isle in Scotland/Ireland
    6.b. Spend a summer in a Buddhist Tibetan ashram
    7. Start my own business, successfully
    8. Be a cartoon character’s voice
    9. Compete in Ninja Warrior
    10. Become an expert at Krav Maga

  28. 1. Get married again – to the right woman

    2. Have children

    3. Watch my kids get married – to the right person

    4. 15% Body Fat

    5. Make an animated short film

  29. Ok… this is really late but figured i might as well…
    1. Get a black belt in karate. ( i’ll be starting back up in 2 ish years, hopefully)
    2. Clean up diet
    3. Cook a meal for guests (instead of buying out)
    4. Start up sketching again and fill a sketchpad
    5. Adopt or foster a child …
    Ok, i have loads more things on my list. These are just 5 picked at random.

  30. 1. To live not worrying about money.

    2. To look good naked ( I need help)
    3. To have a girlfriend (nice and beautiful)
    4. To compete in a boxing match.
    5. To visit rome and athens
    6. To wear an assasin creed outfit(Ezio’s cloak)
    7. To try wall climbing
    8. To have my own farm

  31. Steve,

    I can tell you you have already saved someone’s life. Even as a medical doctor the contribution you have to saving someone’s life is always shared between themselves, their family, their friends, your colleagues in the street or at the hospital and a little bit of luck. You are adding your own influence to thousands of people’s life saving milieu. I wouldn’t underestimate your effect on that one.

    1) I want to keep my lifestyle changes sustainable for once (I don’t want to do the old sine curve and end up hating myself and becoming severely depressed again)
    2) I want to help with homelessness,social isolation and aboriginal health in Australia
    3) I want to fully appreciate being a doctor and going to work every day to help people
    4) I want to skydive too
    5) I want to make my dead mother proud.

    Never stop moving forward Steve.

  32. 1. Conquer my fears
    2. Become badass
    3. Save a life
    4. Do something you only see in a cowboy/action movie (like smash a beer bottle or slash some dick’s tires or walk coolly away from an explosion or live Call of Duty somehow)
    5. Skydive, paraglide, zipline from an incredible height, etc.
    6. Get a college degree in something awesome
    7. Make a living doing something I love
    8. Change someone’s life (for the better, of course)
    9. Die with a smile on my lips
    10. Chill with Jesus for eternity

  33. Come visit New Zealand! You should pick some of our ‘extreme’ things to do! bungee off the Sky Tower or the Nevis Bungy in Queenstown (that should surely get you some xp). don’t forget zorbing! or do what I did a few years ago and shall be doing in a few weeks time – climb Mount Ngauruhoe (aka Mount Doom) and re-enact scenes along the way like all my friends and I did 😛

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