Two years ago when my sister, in her omniscient knowledge, bought me the PostSecret book it was all over. I am now a complete sucker for artistic sociological projects. "Before I Die" is my new favorite.

The masterminds behind the project wanted to embrace the Polaroid while it's still around and inspire/encourage the public to achieve lifelong goals. So, they capture a random stranger's expression the moment they are sharing what they want to do before they die, and allow them to write their dream on the Polaroid. Five, ten and twenty years later they follow up with the stranger to see if they've achieved their goal!

After pouring over their online gallery, here are (what seems to be) the world's top goals:

1. Travel
2. Have children
3. Be loved
4. Eat cake/party like a rockstar

Feeling connected to someone I have never and will never meet makes the world feel like a mix of haunting and comforting...expansive and so tiny all in the same moment.

Mine is vague and open-ended but this is it:

Before I die I want to do something with my life that will make my family and closest friends say, "That is exactly what she was meant to do." Oh. And the above listed #4. :)

1 comment:

  1. I love postsecret. You're right--it's both comforting and scary to realize that the world shares so many fears and so many hopes. We all think we're alone in our guilt and insecurities, but everyone else is asking the same questions and making the same confessions. Is that comforting, to know you're not alone? Or is that terrifying, to realize everyone feels as alone as you?

    I love your 'before I die.' And thanks for showing me this site! I'm hooked. =)


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