Enjoy life to it’s fullest. Do you? We always get caught up in the daily routine, busy with all the important things, but what really matters? Do you have a list of things you want to accomplish? Your New Year’s resolution list? What about a deeper thought: things you want to do before you die?
It’s easy to get wrapped up in the day-to-day and forget what is really important to you. After the death of a loved one, Candy Chang turned the side of an abandoned house in her neighborhood into a giant chalkboard where residents can write on the wall and remember what is important to them. Before I Die is a public art project that invites people to reflect on their lives and share their personal aspirations in a public space. Painted with chalkboard paint and stenciled with the sentence “Before I die I want to _______”, the wall turned a neglected space into a constructive one, where we can gain perspective and understand our neighbors in new and enlightening ways. Life is brief and tender, and there is a lot we can learn from the people around us to help us lead better lives.
“Carpe diem”, “don’t postpone for tomorrow what you can do today” and the like, all give us a sense of urgency. In the spirit of doing before we die, don’t waste another moment waiting for the next big thing, the apple to fall from the tree. Just do it and do it now. The most important moment is today. Do not linger in the past, as it is just that . . . the past!
So before I die, I want to own a hotel on a Greek island and live the simple life. What about you?