Monday, April 4, 2011

Before I Die Project....Candy Chang

I read Candy Chang's presentation of a project that she initiated in New Orleans.  She found an abandoned building and installed one wall of blackboard painted  with lines and places to install what it is that you want.  She provided chalk and the reception was outstanding. 

Each time the wall is full it is gently washed and begun anew. 

I found this project interesting not only because of what is already written by participants but just how hard I would have to think if given this opportunity.

Of course, we are all given this opportunity every day.  Just what is it that you want to do before you die? 

I found the answers quite compelling.  Many of them centered around one talent or another.  I want to dance, I want to sing, I want to have fun.  Others.....well, we always have the I want world Peace legions.  That's well and good but hardly attainible in the political climate we have.

Are there just too many things we want to do before we die?  I think this may be the case.  I would need to visit the wall several times before I felt I had written it all down. 

Paramount among the things I want to do before I die is to move away from the Eastern Shore.  But once I've accomplished that....I want to be healthy.  I want to be able to walk fast.  A geographical move may help in some small way ......oh, lets say climate change will lessen the aches and pains.

But then again....I'd like to have some fun before I die as well.  You know...the spontaneous kind.  Planned fun isn't what I'm talking a vacation...."you will enjoy yourself".  Stuff that comes from others and yourself because you feel joy.

I'd like to see my grandson graduate into the life he has planned for himself.  As of this is pro football with a law degree to see him thru the off years.  Sounds nice ,sounds balanced...perhaps my daughter had some influence there.  Hmmmm but knowing Patrick he didn't need much help in deciding his future.

I f you were to come upon this wall in New Orleans....what would you write?  Actually, I'm still thinking. Be careful out can be slippery. rd.


Jacqui Binford-Bell said...

I would like to visit Italy with my friend Dianne. Not just a 4 days and 3 nights sort of thing but one with indefinite return and no itinerary. We have both talked about this for so many years and not been able to afford it.

As to your leaving the eastern shore I totally support your wish. Every time I have been captive in the east I have been sick. In North Carolina an allergist when I asked what I was allergic too pointed outside his window and said 50% of everything that was green. And I have learned that not allergies produce hives or sneezes.

After I left Tennessee I never had another migraine until my head injury. I live out west where my health is great generally, and I have been lucky enough to do most of the things I have wanted to do.

Nicholas V. said...

Hmmm, so many things to write on that wall!
I'd have to say that the first thing I'd write would be to have some of the orchestral music I have composed being played by a full symphony orchestra!

Catfish Tales said...

OH! Lovely thoughts, Rural. So when are you making the move to Arizona? :)
I love Nicholas's comment too. And now I want to hear some of that music he's composed. Actually, he could place sound-bites here for us all to have a listen, just as Tess gave me the idea to do so with some of my 'audio read' poems and the like.

Would you think me 'cheeky' if I said that I've done all the things I've ever wanted to do in my life? But I have. My sons, as well, have grown into their own and are doing quite nicely. I feel blessed in that way, yes. Now I suppose I would not only write my thanks to a loving God on that wall but also perhaps include my desire to see the rest of Central Europe before I die - as I do indeed now live so close to it all. What a pity to not take advantage of the fact and keep on exploring farther and further afield. I especially want to visit Italy, a lovely country I haven't gotten around to seeing yet. And to that I'll add Switzerland and Austria. They too can be done, as both are just a night train ride away from me. But when? Oh when? Soon I hope!

Good blog, GF!