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.
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.