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Before I die I want to…


At the TEDxCalgary event in October 2012, one of the TED talks featured was “Before I die I want to… by Candy Chang”.

Candy Chang is an artist who creates installations that people can interact with in meaningful ways.

She made a giant chalkboard on the side of an abandoned house in New Orleans with stenciled words spelling, “Before I die I want to _________.”

Hundreds of people have walked by, picked up a piece of chalk, and filled in the blank.

Her idea has spread into a phenomenon of people making “Before I Die” walls in their own communities around the world.

Perhaps thinking about this is a little bit morbid.


It’s a question that makes me stop and think.

As Chang says in her TED talk, “Thinking about death clarifies your life.”

I don’t know of a chalkboard like this in Calgary, but sometimes it might be worth taking a minute to pause, reflect, and fill in the blank for yourself.

Before I die I want to…

Wishing you many meaningful moments,


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