“Artist Candy Chang turned the wall of an abandoned house in New Orleans into “a giant chalkboard where residents can write on the wall and remember what is important to them.” “And since putting up that public art project in February 2011, “Before I Die” walls have spread to at least 19 cities around the world”. (BeforeIdiewall)
The “Before I die” wall at first struck me as a really cool public art project and something potentially inspirational. Then it turned into an interesting but relatively empty intellectual exercise to help someone write a book.
However, the idea struck a chord in the public consciousness as it has expanded to many cities and countries around the world. I wonder what it is that draws us into asking ourselves that question?
I used to think that before I died I wanted to travel around the world. Then as I got older and tired travel seemed too energetic. So it became live in another country, another culture. This gradually morphed into spend time with people that are important to me. Which then made me wonder why I spend all my time working. Which then led to the intellectualization that I have to work to survive so I won’t die.
Do I think I will die – yes. Do I FEEL I will die – no.
Perhaps that sense of immortality comes from an innate knowing of eternity and the soul? Perhaps it comes from childhood when we were the center of the universe and anyone over 20 was really “old.”?
I wonder if it matters to you what you do before you die?
and if it matters are you doing anything about it?