Thursday, April 26, 2012

Before I Die.....



Now wait!  Don't give up on me yet!  Yes, I know that seeing someone


post a "Before I die...." statement is not new. We've all seen it many


times before.  The movie, "Bucket List", was based on this


fill-in-the-blank statement!  After that premier, we were bombarded


with human interest stories on this subject.  Magazines did feature


articles with the tease, "Before I die....", on their front covers


hoping it would entice us to leaf through the pages seeking inspiration  


to create our own personal list.  And perhaps you purchased a blank 


notebook to start writing these ideas down... to make these fleeting 


thoughts more concrete. Make you more accountable.  With full intentions 


to tick them off one by one. Did you do this?  In the privacy of your own 


home, did you join in on this list making?  Did you ever share those 


personal desires?




The difference with this list is that it caught the corner of my eye while 


driving on a side street in a section of Chicago known as Edgewater.


Painted on the side of an unassuming building, with bold, stenciled white  


letters popping off of a black background, was a piece of artwork with a  


life of its own. No museum was housing this only to be viewed by those


who had purchased a ticket. No! This was created by anonymous 


individuals who freely shared their inner voice, sending it out into the 


world. It is vibrant... mysterious... voyeuristic... 


and ALIVE!


You know me~  it was something that made me want to draw closer!


Going around the block, in hopes of finding that coveted parking space,


I was fortunate to find one.  Directly across the street!  Meant to be, 


right?  Getting out of the car, I crossed over and was just mesmerized


by what people had written down.....


                                        ~ get a DIVORCE!!
                                        ~ live with no fear
                                        ~ fall in love


                                    ~ show in Paris Fashion Week
                                    ~ make all the migrants happy
                                    ~ write on a building
                                    ~ be a mother


                                    ~ farm my own land
                                    ~ be loved
                                    ~ climb Mt.Everest


                                       ~ visit every MLB park in America
                                       ~ get a dog
                                       ~ ride the bus
                                       ~ have no regrets
            ~ ensure that everyone I love knows how much they matter


I loved how, initially, I was the only one standing there taking the


time to read this.  However, as people passed by they became 


curious as to what I was looking at.  They took notice and they, too,


became drawn into these private thoughts on public display.  I 


could hear some chuckle while others quietly became thoughtful.


We were all sharing a moment!!  I loved that!!


While driving back to the suburbs, I kept thinking of this wall that had


so many wanting to leave their mark in the world.  Daring to expose


their desires.  If given the chance, how would I fill in the blank?


Ok.  So here goes!  


Before I die I want to live in Europe one more time
Before I die I want to let my inner jock come out and play 
Before I die I want to have a closet full of clothes that fit and coordinate


     And now I'm handing you the piece of chalk to fill in the blank! 


              What would you send out into the world?


                                 ***   ***


After doing some research, I found that New Orleans-based artist, Candy
Chang, was the force behind this.  Other installations have been in cities
such as Brooklyn, San Diego, Amsterdam and London.  Google her name along with Granville Ave.,Chicago to find out more information.

























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