As part of the Before I Die ABQ Festival, TED-talk-inspired boards that offer public creative expression of our fondest desires have come to Albuquerque. A set of three are set up on the main campus of Central New Mexico Community College, between the Student Services Center and Max Salazar Hall. Other Before I Die walls will be set up in Sunset Memorial Park in time for the “Prelude to Eternity” party on Friday, October 20.
This global art project invites people to reflect on their lives and publicly share their personal aspirations. The Before I Die wall idea was created by Candy Chang and shared worldwide in her 2012 TED talk. Someone she loved had died, and she decided to create large chalkboards on the side of an abandoned house in her neighborhood in New Orleans.
She said, “Two of the most valuable things we have are time, and our relationships with other people. In our age of increasing distractions, it’s more important than ever to find ways to maintain perspective, and remember that life is brief and tender. Death is something that we’re often discouraged to talk about, or even think about, but I’ve realized that preparing for death is one of the most empowering things you can do. Thinking about death clarifies your life.”
“Our shared spaces can better reflect what matters to us, as individuals and as a community, and with more ways to share our hopes, fears and stories, the people around us can not only help us make better places, they can help us lead better lives.”
Come by CNM or Sunset Memorial Park between now and November 2, Day of the Dead, and proclaim what you want to do before you die.