How would you finish the statement, “Before I die I want to .”
It’s the start of a new year and an excellent time to reflect on what we want to accomplish in 2014. We dream of the potential of 365 new beginnings. Perhaps we even take it so far as to project the conversation we might have at the end of this year – clicking off all those goals on our “to-do” list that have been achieved.
But … what if we knew we didn’t have all 525,600 minutes this year? Would we do things differently?
Before I Die I Want to _____.
Candy Chang posted that statement on the wall of an abandoned house in New Orleans as she was coming to terms with the loss of someone close to her. So many people posted on that wall within one day, that it took her completely by surprise.
Soon, through word-of-mouth, communities were wanting to start walls in their neighborhoods. It would explode into a worldwide art project, and eventually the experiment was documented in a book.
It’s the ultimate statement that forces us to reflect on simple, shallow, complex, and deep emotions. We ponder what our needs, wants, and desires are all at once. And uniquely, no two people would fill in that blank in the same way.
When I Googled “Before I Die” here’s a sampling of what popped up:
Before I die I want to …
– watch a movie with my parents in the cinema.
– stay with the person whom I love.
– change somebody’s life.
– be proud of myself.
– have a baby.
– meet Drew Barrymore.
– speed on the Autobahn.
– forgive someone for something considered unforgivable.
– be content.
– take a trip around the world.
– write a novel.
– realize how special I am.
– go whale watching.
It’s interesting to read what someone else wants to do before they die, and even harder to answer that yourself. I’ve kicked this around in my head, as I’ve researched and thought about this post.
Before I die I want to live fearlessly.
Here’s a video of Candy Chang’s TEDTalk. Well worth a listen:
How would you fill in the blank? Before I die I want to .