the Buried Life

by admin on January 30, 2010

Amazing. There is a show on MTV which does not concern strippers, sex, spoiled brats, rich folks (also spoiled brats, just all ages) or some burned out B list rock star or former lead singer of a one hit wonder band. Wow. I mean wow. What’s next for MTV? music videos? That would be an amazing idea, wouldn’t it? A music video channel, maybe call it MVTV. I think I may be on to something there, but I digress.

There is a new show called The Buried Life, which is pretty much a bucket list for a group of twenty-somethings. I am impressed to some degree because these guys graduated from high school and 1) didn’t think the world owed them a living and 2) they had an idea they followed through on.

Lots of people graduate high school and wonder what to do with their lives and either fall into college or some tech school or end up working at a 7-11 (Clerks) or a factory somewhere and thirty or forty years later think, holy shit, what just happened there? I was going to do “X” and instead that got lost in the shuffle.  The saddest cases are folks who never even had an idea of what X was. They find themselves at 50 years old sitting in a wife beater and a pair of boxers griping about where the country is headed and never even registering to vote. Bleh.

So these guys made a bucket list and start filming the fulfillment of it. But the catch is, for every item on the list, they have to help someone else accomplish a dream. Not a bad premise. I’ve never watched the show, but I may give it a go. I haven’t watched MTV in a long long time.

Gotta dig it out

Gotta dig it out

But the premise and title of the show, the Buried Life, comes from an English poet, Matthew Arnold, who (watch out paraphrase ahead) says your dreams and aspirations get buried by the everyday tasks you undertake. Whoa. Ain’t that the truth! So we have to dig it up, can you dig it?

I’m sitting here at home, unemployed, and I think, what the fuck am I doing with my time? Yeah, I write and do improv and ghost hunts and find inspiring people and am doing theater and movies, but you know what? I still have a lot of time that has gone to mahjong solitaire. (at least I’m not playing farm life or zombie wars on facebook, but who am I to critique?)

When I had a full time job, I complained about not having enough time on my hands to do the things I love, the things I am passionate about, but now I’m wasting time? A few days ago I had an epiphany of sorts and am doing more now. More of the writing I love. Thinking about the videos I need to do. Starting to take action. And amazingly it’s already starting to pay off, and work I did literally years ago is starting to give me a small passive income. That’s the stuff.

I’m not making a bucket list. I know what I want to do. Now it’s time for even more action. (and an occasional game of Mahjong, we all need mindless diversions)

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