“With the new day comes new strength and new thoughts.”

Eleanor Roosevelt

Before I heard about the “Before I Die Wall” coming to Schenectady, I knew nothing about the project. If you haven’t seen it or given it a bit of research, it’s really interesting. According to the “Before I Die Wall Schenectady” Facebook, it was “a joint Union College and Schenectady community interactive art project that allows people to find a moment away from the fast pace of life and remember and share what is most important to them with the world.”

It’s so easy to be caught up in our every day. BeforeIDieWallWe get up, we go to work, we come home, relax, go to bed and do the same thing the next day. We all have had dreams or aspirations that at one time or another we either put aside because of financial reasons or time and what I love about the idea of the “Before I Die Wall” is that it makes you focus your attention back on those things that you really want to do. 

This project started on the side of an abandoned house in New Orleans (For the full story, go to their website). All it took was a board with the words “Before I Die, I Would Like To..” and some chalk. We only have a short time on this planet and it’s necessary to not only focus on what we’d like to accomplish but take a look at what is important to others. Now the project has grown and appeared in various cities in various countries. 

The first place I saw the “Before I Die Wall” was in Downtown Schenectady on Jay Street. It then moved to Upper Union Street before Central Park and now can be found at the Hamilton Hill Arts Center. Of course with something so open, you will see childish remarks written on the wall but the serious ideas are interesting to read. 

Have you seen the wall in person? If you’re not able to get to the wall first hand, how would you finish the line? Before I Die….


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