Before I Die I Want To …

by | May 14, 2013 | Empowering | 6 comments

An art store in my town posted a black chalkboard on the side of their building. Scrawled across the chalkboard is one simple question: What do you want to do before you die? Then it leaves a blank space for people to fill in their answers.

Some responses are silly.

“Before I die I want to breed squirrels.”

Some are so sincere they make you want to cry.

“Before I die I want to love someone with all my heart.”

Some speak to the very core of our being.

“Before I die I want to realize my potential.”

So, I ask you, what do you want to do before you die? Is it something you would write on a wall?

To see pictures of the wall in Mount Vernon, Click Here.



  1. Rajabahadur V. Arcot

    Hello Stacie, thanks for letting me know about the chalkboard ‘Before I die I want to …’, in your town. This question was always there in my mind but never thought of giving expression to the thought. I have pasted on the wall ‘Thank the Creator and my parents for giving me an opportunity to pass this way and thank all those who made me feel happy even for a fleeting moment.” I pondered over the question long before I responded.

    With best regards,

    Rajabahadur V Arcot

    • Stacie Zinn Roberts

      Hello Rajabahadur V Arcot,

      I’m glad you found the project to be as thought provoking as I did. We try so hard to avoid thinking about death that when faced with a question like this, it gives us pause. Thank you for your response.

  2. Sue Camp

    Before I die I would like to become a full-time proofreader and copy editor instead of having to fit it in around my full-time job.
    On a different note entirely, although having already travelled extensively I would like visit Equador and The Galapagos Islands, India, and more of Africa.

    • Stacie Zinn Roberts

      A question like this makes us get really clear on what is important. Seems to me, Sue, that you are on your way. Good luck!

  3. Andrea Carroll

    Another good blog Stacie. It’s interesting to be able to read the wall and see all of the different things people want to do before they die. Some are silly like wanting to raise squirels, but some are really heartfelt. Like the one: “I want to travel to Paris and say “I Love You” to my Mom.”

    • Stacie Zinn Roberts

      Wow, I didn’t see that quote. Pretty powerful stuff!