There’s a giant blackboard in the heart of conservative Canberra causing a stir because its asking locals to publically announce the big ticket item on their bucket list.
“Before I die I want to…” and you finish the sentence.
If you’re from Townsville, Port Pirie, Melbourne, Geelong, Geraldton, Glenlyon or Gawler you may have already picked up a bit of chalk and broadcast your life’s sole mission.
This global public art project by Taiwanese-American artist Candy Chang has made its way to the nation’s capital, and who knew finishing one sentence would be so difficult?
I couldn’t do it. I had a mini freak-out. I couldn’t hone in on what it is that I’d like to do with my life. Jesus. I headed into the city for a coffee. Who knew I’d end up pondering my mortality like this?
I was going to put, “Before I die I want to be a mum” — but what if I’m unable to have kids? Would that make me feel like my life hadn’t been a success?
One lady wrote, “Before I die I want to pash Robbie Williams”. She earned a high five. Her friend wrote, “Before I die I want to find the perfect pair of jeans”, and I was kind of jealous they could so quickly write something sassy and head on their way. I wondered if that was REALLY what they wanted to write.
“Have a threesome”, “go to mars”, “own a lolly shop” and “go on Family Feud” were some of my favourite answers. (Side note: who doesn’t want to clean up on Family Feud? Life. Goals.)
Then some answers stayed with me for days.
“Before I die I want a divorce.”
“Before I die I want to meet my Dad and tell him I forgive him.”
“Before I die I want to let go.”