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What Do You Want to Do Before You Die?

There's a big difference between asking a young, healthy person what they'd like to do before they die and asking a person contemplating death in hospice, but both produce thought-provoking results.

Artists Nicole Kenney and KS Rives have been asking people at all ends of the life spectrum that very question for the last two years. Over 1,200 people in the US, Europe, Asia, and South America replied, and the two artists have posted the answers along with a Polaroid snapped at the moment of truth on Before I Die, I Want To . . .

The only rule? No do-overs with the pictures. "If you do it over," Nicole told the New York Daily News, "you lose it."

Fortunately, I do not have a camera, but I am putting the question to you anyway. What do you hope to do?



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stephley stephley 5 years
Achieve serenity.
jocupcake jocupcake 5 years
Swim with dolphins and have a party thrown for me.
GlowingMoon GlowingMoon 5 years
See the auroras.
runningesq runningesq 5 years
Qualify for Boston
tarabara1229 tarabara1229 5 years
Same as snarkypants- visit each continent!!
bryseana bryseana 5 years
There is only one thing and it's probably really simple.
chloe-bella chloe-bella 5 years
My goals are always evolving. Today my biggest goal is to someday be able to do scorpion pose in yoga. I also want to travel to the Great Wall of China.
HoneyBrown1976 HoneyBrown1976 5 years
See London, Paris, and South Africa.
onlysourcherry onlysourcherry 5 years
I want to read every book on Harold Bloom's list of the Western Canon. 217 down, like 1,300 to go!
Beauty Beauty 5 years
Yay ks! She's an amazing artist and super lady.
Gdeeaz Gdeeaz 5 years
I want to travel. I don't do much traveling now because of college and work but I would like to.
Pistil Pistil 5 years
I just want to accomplish something I can be proud of.
ladylove004 ladylove004 5 years
The first two things that come to my mind is to travel and see the world & to write a book.
snarkypants snarkypants 5 years
Visit every continent, including Antarctica. Three down, four to go!
lawchick lawchick 5 years
Unselfish: Get back into the public/non-profit sector and spend a couple of decades really helping people. I'm tired of selling my soul. Selfish: I want to live on a beach or at least have a beach-house, with no tv, phone, etc.
Girl-Jen Girl-Jen 5 years
I saw a picture of a little old lady on that site captioned, "How appropriate - I'm content - No more goals!" I want to go out to lunch with her. :) My One Big Goal, though, the one thing I must do before I die, is to go to Australia.
skigurl skigurl 5 years
Go Skydiving came to mind first, then I realized tons of other people chose that one too! But something I would absolutely 100% regret not doing, and plan to do no matter what is have kids.
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