Before I Die I Want To…
Candy Chang asked herself a simple question: “what do I want to do before I die?” Upon reflecting, she realized that change was necessary. She believes that the public spaces that surround us are what drive us to live the lives we choose to live.
Being from New Orleans, Candy was aware of the fact that New Orleans is laden with some of the most abandoned buildings in all of America. With this knowledge, she decided to take the public spaces, abandoned buildings, and do something that mattered with them. She turned an abandoned building in her neighborhood into an interactive chalkboard. On it she wrote a simple phrase, “Before I die I want to…” and left blank spaces for people to fill in their hopes and dreams. The project became known as, Before I Die.
The Answer Should be Objectively Simple
Although we may not have a chalkboard in front of us at the moment, the phrase still rings “Before I die I want to…” The answer should be objectively simple. Before I die I want to…start something that matters! Starting something that matters is not limited to doing something for you or for the world. It is the concept that is important. Candy did exactly that. What she started mattered! It not only mattered to her, but apparently to others as well. Before I Die became an international phenomenon!
Where do We Go From Here?
Where do we go from here? Well, we reflect. We reflect on that simple phrase, “Before I die I want to…” We reflect on the things we have already accomplished, on our hopes, and our dreams. We have to push to improve our own public spaces. We must strive to make a difference, to leave our mark. So, now I leave you with a mission: before you die, start something that matters!