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What do you want to do before you die?

Kathleen McDonald | Wednesday, April 21, 2010

This is the question posed by the four guys of MTV’s “The Buried Life” (see Courtney Cox’s “The Buried Life Uncovered,” Feb. 25), who have a list of 100 things they want to do before they die. Inspired by a friend, I made a similar list two years ago and have since accomplished 14 of an ever-growing 118 goals. I won’t get overly preachy with how much I’ve learned about myself or how life is short and we need to take advantage of the time we have, but I will say, it’s been fun. So I challenge you to make your own — call it a bucket list, life goals, 100 things you want to do before you die, whatever. They can be silly (No. 10: milk a cow), random (No. 64: crash a party), simple (No. 76: compliment a stranger), meaningful (No. 30: fall in love), serious (No. 89: volunteer in a third world country), or near impossible (No. 113: witness an Irish national championship — Coach Kelly, make this happen!). Life is short and our time at Notre Dame even shorter. Figure out what you really want in life, both the big and little things. Write it down. Do it. Live it. As for me, No. 43: Publish a Viewpoint article is a check.


Kathleen McDonald
off campus
April 20