By: Chaunte McClure
I don’t know if it’s because I’m getting older or beginning to think about life a little differently, but lately when I hear of someone passing, I begin to wonder what people will remember about me when I’m gone. (Keep reading, I promise this is not going to be depressing.) I wonder how I’ve impacted the lives of others. I wonder if I’ve lived my life in such a way that people will speak well of me in years to come or speak of me at all. Will I leave a legacy?
Do you have random thoughts like this? Please don’t make me feel like I’m alone on this one. I know, most people probably don’t like to think or talk about dying. It’s not dying that I really want to be the focus here, but the things we do before we die.
I was visiting Lake City last week and spotted the “Before I Die” art board. It’s a huge chalk board with several lines of “Before I die want to _____________.” The board is part of the city’s annual arts festival, Artfields. Visitors can grab a piece of chalk and fill in the blanks with things on their bucket list. I saw a picture of the board on the festival’s Facebook page. Festival goers have filled in the blank with things like:
- be debt free
- live in a two story mansion
- go to California
- have my own business
Yes, there are places I’d like to go, changes I’d like to see, and experiences I’d like to have before I die, but I also want to positively impact as many lives as possible. What hopes and dreams would you write on the wall? Better yet, which ones will you strive to fulfill? It’s great to write down our goals, hopes, dreams, aspirations, and bucket list items, but it’s even better when we work towards reaching them. What do you want to do before you die? I’m dying to know.