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Before I Die…

2018 GraduationMay 5th, 2018
45 days to go.

before I die

I read about this in my alumni magazine:  artist Candy Chang’s “Before I Die” project.   The TED talk is just six minutes; watch it if you can!

According to the TED description, “In her New Orleans neighborhood, artist and TED Fellow Candy Chang turned an abandoned house into a giant chalkboard asking a fill-in-the-blank question: “Before I die I want to ___.” Her neighbors’ answers — surprising, poignant, funny — became an unexpected mirror for the community. (What’s your answer?)”

Some marvelous quotes from her talk:

  • “Two of the most important things that we have are time and our relationships with other people.
  • “Life is brief and tender.”
  • “Thinking about death can clarify your life.”
  • “Our shared spaces can better reflect what matters to us, as individuals and as a community.  With more ways to share our hopes, our fears, and our stories, the people around us can not only help us make better places, they can help us lead better lives.”

What’s your answer? How would you fill in that blank…

Before I die, I want to ____________________


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1 Comment

  1. Therese says:

    I finally thought of my own… before I die, I need to spend more time backpacking in the high sierras.

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