It’s funny, people say that things happen for a reason! Not too long ago I had a serendipitous moment, LITERALLY! What started out as a not so good day turned out to be a huge changing point in my life, one that would slightly alter the path I was on. I was invited to attend the book tour of “the buried life” in Washington. Now I knew who the guys were and had heard of what they were doing, but after that night I had a whole other level of admiration. I discovered a greater appreciation for living life in the present moment and how no dream is too small.
In case some of you don’t know about these guys I thought I would give you a quick overview. The Buried Life is a company formed by four university students from Victoria, British Columbia~ Dave Lingwood, Ben Nemtin and Duncan and Jonnie Penn. The idea for the name came from a poem by Matthew Arnold entitled “The Buried Life”. MTV picked up the series about these four friends that travel across North America in a purple bus they named “Penelope”. Not only are these guys on a mission to complete a list of 100 things before they die, but for every item they accomplish, they help a total stranger do something on his or her own to-do list.
They are currently on a national college tour promoting the upcoming release of their new book which launches March 27th. To write a best-selling book is #19 on their list! “What Do You Want to Do Before You Die? is an illustrated collection of your wildest dreams. Two hundred of the most moving, imaginative, amusing, and thought-provoking things to do before you die are brought to life through handmade art curated by Dave, Duncan, Jonnie and Ben—the founders of The Buried Life. Peppered throughout the book are lessons, secrets, and stories that come from five years of asking millions worldwide: What do you want to do before you die?”
I can truly tell you first hand this book is not to be missed. All the artwork is one of a kind, you definitely won’t see it anywhere else. It was done just for the book! Every page captivates you and I can honestly say that you will finish reading it and start writing your list (if you haven’t already). This book is one that you will read again and again, pass on to your friends and family or have it as a conversation piece in your home.
I had the privilege to see their show for a second time in Fullerton, CA and was completely taken back. I sat in an auditorium and heard story’s that were heart wrenching, letters of circumstances that were unimaginable and how “The Buried Life” gave them hope and promise. I heard stories of how people were encouraged to live their dreams, conquer their fears and rise above difficult times. I even met two girls that skipped their mid-terms to see the boys, saying that it was something on their to-do list that they never thought they would get to check off. They had the biggest smiles on their faces and this really meant the world to them. To see people so moved and inspired by these four individuals was incredible.
A “Bucket List” seems so simple, yet most of us probably could not sit down and think of 100 things. Is it the fear of failing, or is it that we somewhere don’t believe that our dreams can come true? Somewhere along the way we all get a little discouraged and hold back from living the life we were meant to do. It’s funny, I have started so many bucket lists and every time I have written down something that seems impossible to accomplish, I take it off. Thinking it’s too silly or there is no way it could be checked off. Well that day at the first show I was encouraged to dream bigger and hold onto the idea that the “Possibilities” are endless. Remember to never let someone discourage your dreams and know that “Anything is Possible”.
It’s not the things we do in life that wear us down, it’s what we don’t do.
Do what you love~ it’s what you were meant to do!
This book is a MUST READ, get your copy here before it hits the shelves! I have a strong feeling that it will be the start to a BIG CHANGE in your life.
For my Vancouver followers don’t miss their book launch April 4th~ Get your tickets here
I would love to hear from you and tell me something you want to check off your bucket list
Much Love, Beauty Buzz 411