A Life Less Ordinary. . .
So, if you’ve been following me on Twitter, you know that I recently got what I call “sexy cable.” This is the special stuff with the On Demand and HBO. Am I happy? Yes. Am I upset that I got HBO when there’s no new episodes of True Blood? Yes, but that’s not the point here.
I recently started watching “The Buried Life” on MTV. It might be one of the best programs that MTV has put on in recent years (And “The World Of Jenks”). Yes, that’s what I said. The premise is basically 4 20-something year old guys make a bucket list and drive around the US in a bus trying to cross everything off. For everything that they accomplish for themselves, they do something for someone else. I’d seen episodes before, but since I have On Demand, I watched some episodes again. They’d hosted the most badass party (#85), tried to play basketball with the President (#95) and told a joke on late night television (I forgot the number). At the end of each show, they ask “what do you want to do before you die?” I would be lying if I said that the show didn’t get me all inspired.
I try to start off each day with a to-do list. It helps keep me focused (for the most part) and I get a sense of accomplishment when I cross things off. It’s a good feeling. Like my day wasn’t a complete waste of time (and oxygen.) Why wouldn’t I have a list for my life? I’ve had a list for a while now, but looking at the list that these guys put together, I decided to get a little more detailed. Trust me, this is not the complete list. I think I’m just giving the ones that mean the most to me.
Before I die, I want to:
1. Go skinnydipping: I don’t mean, “take off my bathing suit in the ocean, then put it back on.” I mean, a buck nekkid skinnydip. I like the feeling of nature against my skin. I want to bask in the feeling of just me, and take in the feeling of water engulfing every pore. I can’t explain it. If you can’t imagine it, then that’s fine.
2. Go zip lining through the rainforest:
I once saw a picture of a little child in National Geographic. He was in a basket on a zip line. This was the way that the children got to school. That was the only thing I remember about the whole article. Zip Lining has been stuck in my head ever since. I know it looks crazy, but I’m not sure I can think of a greater feeling that being up in the sky with trees brushing past your face. (Yes, this is what I think about.)
3. Build a house for the homeless: Homeless people break my heart. I haven’t figured out the logistics yet, but I often hear that the problem with a homeless person finding a job is that they don’t have an address. I want to build a house. (we’ll start with one) Have them work the property (cook, gardener etc.) and for the others that live there, they can use the house as an address. Go to work, and pay a reduced rent. I’ll have a psychologist on staff. (because being homeless must take a toll on the psyche) I’m not saying we’ll all live happily ever after, but maybe I can be one person that starts a solution. Maybe it can work.
4. Get published: It has been my dream to be published. I’m not sure I can write a “Grapes of Wrath,” or “Moby Dick” and since I don’t like to put out anything unless I’m sure it’s my best, I’ve been stalling on it for forever. I have the first 15 pages of something and everytime I look at it, I mark it up with red ink and toss it to the side. “It reads so immature, look at all the inconsistencies.” It took me more than 2 years to start this blog. I didn’t feel like I could make it perfect, so I stalled on making it happen. BUT, I once heard something that stayed with me, “Fear is the greatest anchor that will stifle your potential.” (or something like that) I guess I have to start living that way.
5. See the Sistine Chapel: This one is easy, I just have to get to Italy. I remember studying Italy in my western civ class and that was THEE place I knew my european tour would start once my shackles came off. I have to see it. That’s all there is to it. I don’t often see things that take my breath away, and I think this will do the trick.
That’s the first 5 on my list. I realize that some might have to take a backseat, but I don’t want to die without getting one of them done. I watch my family go through life, a mundane life that never changes. I don’t want that to be me. I don’t mean to be all morbid on a Wednesday, but we all know that one day our number will be up.
What do you want to do before you die?
Peace and Love, Nick
(The title is a song by Carbon Leaf, look it up..)