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Before I Die - Candy Chang

chalked responses to the prompt Before I Die

Stumbled across this project. Sadly, it looks like I missed it when it was installed in Boston in early September but what a cool idea! Candy Chang thought about death a lot after she lost someone close to her. This "Before I Die..." project came from thinking about what's important to her and the people around her. She turned the side of an abandoned house in her New Orleans neighborhood into a giant chalkboard asking people to share their hopes and dreams. And they did. Before I Die I Want To... see my daughter graduate, write a book, understand, be ok with not understanding, swim in a pool of golden retriever puppies, beat sense into you...

The project has spread to cities around the world and been translated into several languages. You can go to the project's website to buy a kit that helps you make your own wall. If you don't want to buy the kit, she's also given instructions on how to make your own kit.

Read more about it at the artist's page: http://candychang.com/before-i-die-in-nola/

I love this project. I love the photos of people standing in small clusters around the wall, reading what others have written, chatting with others. I love that her interactive art project coaxes people into interacting with each other as well as with the wall.

So....your turn to finish the prompt.

Before I die I want to....


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PS LOL "get published." Like that solves anything!!!!! :)

Before I die, I'd like to sit with a lion or one of the other big cats. It's a life goal.

Too many things to list!
If I could choose one...it's not a tangible thing and it's private.

But a tangible one would be to visit our friends in Australia.

I saw this outside a coffee shop in my neighborhood.

Before I die, I want to see my nephew become a wonderful man.

See my little roommates graduate high school.
Visit Crete.

See at least one of my novels on the Best Sellers List for 52 weeks.

Own some land and grow most of my own food on it. Raise children there and let them run wild & barefoot & learn their own ways. Visit Japan.

There are more but I think those are the biggest ones...

See more of the world. Preferably with my boyfriend.
Hit my goal weight.
Run a 36-minute 5K (I'm still so slow) and do an unassisted pull-up (I'm still so weak).
Release my step-daughter into the world as a confident, self-possessed, capable, compassionate human being.

I want to see our boys grow up to be kind, involved, contributing global citizens. And see Machu Picchu.

Edited at 2014-04-02 03:31 am (UTC)

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