Before I Die …

What do you want to do before you die?

This is a poignant question that can help focus our lives. According to a book called The Top 5 Regrets of the Dying, our top regrets are not being true to self, not expressing feelings, working too much, losing track of friends and too little happiness.

Candy Chang

Many people encourage us to examine our lives to discover what is most important, then start moving in the direction of those dreams and goals.Some call this a bucket list, as in what do I want to do before I “kick the bucket” and die!

Candy Chang of New Orleans was inspired to turn an abandoned building into a public space for exploring this question of what do I want to do before I die.

She obtained the necessary permits and permissions to turn the side of an abandoned building in her neighborhood into a collective community creation.The input was abundant, profound and funny too. Her project is beautiful on many levels. It invites public input, creates community bonding, transforming abandoned buildings and walls into art and offers motivation to dream and take action.

Candy’s process is becoming a movement with a website, stories, photos, kits, and now, dozens of similar projects around the world. Maybe we need one here in NW AR?

Candy inspires me to live more fully. The reality of life being a precious gift that comes with an expiration date is sinking in. I can see my life slipping away and I want to have a deeper sense of living on purpose and moving toward my dreams. This requires making conscious (and sometimes hard) choices and taking action.

What do you want to do before you die?

Let’s start living our dream lives while we can!


6 thoughts on “Before I Die …

  1. In the grandiose scheme of things this may sound ridiculously simplistic — but infusing every life I touch with a hearty dose of kindness is the one dream I can strive for each day…Love this great thought provoker!! xo


  2. Thanks Shauna, No, your dream sounds wonderfully powerful and practical. I’m taking a course on vision and dream building and at the core, under all the dreams and goals are the foundational ways that we want to BE and experience life. Kindness is awesome! and you do it so well 🙂


  3. Hey Brad, this is a great topic! I updated my Bucket List in January on my blog – similar idea. So far, one down in June and another one coming up in August. Mainly I want to live life fully, make sure my family & friends know how much they mean to me, and Honor God’s word to the best of my ability.


    • Hello again Denise, I appreciate your support. I don’t actually have a bucket list, but I do have goals and dreams. The key for me is taking more action to align my life with them. Your vision seems to be expressed through your blog. blessings, Brad


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