How would you complete this sentence?
Where are you in relation to knowing what’s truly important and to living your life consciously and creatively in relation to those priorities?
A Creative Experiment
A few years ago, artist Candy Chang went through a long period of grief following the loss of someone she loved.
Through her contemplation of death she discovered clarity in life and came up with a creative idea that has now become a global art project.
As an experiment, Candy covered the wall of an abandoned house in her New Orleans neighbourhood in chalkboard paint and stencilled the sentence “Before I die, I want to… ”
She left pieces of chalk for anyone walking by to reflect on their lives and share their personal aspirations in public.
Within 24 hours the wall was completely filled with people’s hopes and dreams. Here are a few examples: I want to…
- learn to let go
- be free of my fears
- discover my own path
- abandon all insecurities
- be completely myself
- make someone else’s life better
- create something worth remembering
- be at peace with myself and the world.*
The authentic outpouring triggered both laughter and tears, and was a powerful reminder of the shared impulse to make sense of life.
Today, there are over 2,000 Before I Die walls in over 70 countries around the world.
An Inspiring Story… with a Purpose
What an inspiring story!
And what a worthwhile purpose it serves as a reminder of the cycle of life, death and rebirth that is an inherent part of the creative process; and of course, life itself.
Right now I invite you to pause and reflect on your deepest dreams.
They don’t have to be grandiose or impressive; often the smallest details make the greatest difference of all.
Open a new text document and write the words, “Before I die, I want to…” and just start typing without over-thinking or censoring yourself.
Or reach for your journal or the back of an envelope or whatever you have around you at this time, and dive straight in.
A Modest Virtual Version
When you’re done, please complete the process by sharing what you come up with in the Comments section below.
Let’s see if a modest virtual version of the Before I Die wall can serve to inspire us all to take whatever actions are required to live our lives in alignment with our highest calling.
After all, as Elisabeth Kubler-Ross once said, “It’s only when we truly know and understand that we have a limited time on earth – and we have no way of knowing when our time is up – that we will begin to live each day to the fullest, as if it was the only one we had.”
Naturally, I’ll go first…
* With gratitude and respect to Candy Chang, and everyone around the world who’s found the courage to show up and share. Read more http://beforeidie.city/