Despite the cold weather, London is a fantastic place for public art that asks us to reflect on life. As I walked down Borough High Street I could not help but stop and look at the wall that read “Before I Die…” Quite catchy right? Many people go about life worrying about routine things: coffee, breakfast, work/study, coffee, facebook, twitter, instagram, COFFEE… you get the point. This wall wants you to step away from your iPhone and think about something else: what will you do before you die? What would give your life meaning? The wall, which was put up by Candy Chang as part of the 3rd annual Merge Festival, can seem humorous at first.
One person wrote: “Meet Beyonce!” I laughed.
Some were adventurous: “I want to see the world.” I can certainly relate to that.
Others were touching as someone wrote: “Make a difference.”
But the one that resonated with me the most was: “Be happy.” Imagine, in the middle of a huge city with so much to offer we are still searching for our happiness.
I searched in my bag for something to write with but then I realized I didn’t yet have an answer.
What will you do before you die?