Finding happiness…before you die!

Finding happiness…before you die!

I thought you might enjoy this as some weekend reading. It comes from Candy Chang's website and is titled "Before I die"…it's about identifying what's important which (I believe) is crucial for happiness…

It’s easy to get caught up in the day-to-day and forget what really matters to you. With help from old and new friends, Candy turned the side of an abandoned house in her neighborhood in New Orleans into a giant chalkboard where residents can write on the wall and remember what is important to them. Stenciled with the sentence “Before I die I want to _______”, the wall became a space where we could learn the hopes and dreams of the people around us. Before I Die transformed a neglected space into a constructive one to help improve our neighborhood and our personal well-being. It’s a question that changed her over the last year after she lost someone she loved very much.

From the funny and creative to the thoughtful and heartbreaking, the reaction to the wall was more than Candy could have ever imagined. Before I die I want… to sing for millions, to see my daughter graduate, to eat a salad with an alien, to straddle the International Date Line, to cook a souffle, to love and be loved, to abandon all insecurities, to be completely myself…  After receiving many requests from people around the world, she and her Civic Center colleagues created a Before I Die Toolkit to help you create a wall with your community. Thanks to your passion, this participatory public art project is currently expanding to cities around the world, including Amsterdam, Portsmouth, Querétaro, Almaty, San Diego, Lisbon, Brooklyn, and beyond – see other walls on the project site! You can also take a piece of the dream home with you with a limited edition painting and submit your dreams on the project site. Together, we can change the way our public spaces are designed to better reflect what is important to us as a community and as individuals…

…I really encourage you to keep reading HERE and especially, to find a few minutes to check out the photos and images on THIS SITE.

I think you'll find it very worthwhile and just as importantly, important for your happiness! 

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