Before I die, I want to learn how to say “I Love You” in all languages.

*Excerpt from What Do You Want to Do Before You Die? by The Buried Life: Ben Nemtin, Dave Lingwood, Duncan Penn, and Jonnie Penn (Artisan Books). Copyright 2012.

The Buried Life’s millions of fans share inspirations, aspirations, and jokes without fear of being judged. When it came time to address #19 on their own list―write a bestselling book―The Buried Life turned to its community, asking the world the same question they first asked one another: “What do you want to do before you die?”

Thousands of fans responded to the challenge, revealing that everywhere, people of all ages are seeking ways to live unburied lives. We chose 150 of these real people’s dreams and commissioned original illustrations of them, one of which is featured above. As Jonnie says, “We are part of a digital generation that expresses emotion through the immediacy of images.” The illustrations are meant to speak to that.

We will be sharing many of these illustrations from What Do You Want to Do Before You Die here on Positively Positive. It is an invitation to reach further and a moving portrait of what unites us, what frightens us, and what we seek for ourselves. What is it that you want most? What is it that you fear most? What do you want to do before you die?

I would love to hear from YOU. What’s one thing YOU want to do before you die?

Ben Nemtin is an actor, producer, and writer. He is a member of The Buried Life and the #1 New York Times Best Seller What Do You Want To Do Before You Die? He can be found at, Facebook, and Twitter.

*Illustration by Oliver Munday.