What, we wondered, should we do in the next few years, to ensure that we avoided too many "if only"s when our time is done.
Then, fortuitously I presume, Jonny posted a link to this project
Hundreds of people are photographed together with with a sentence "Before I die I want to...."
Interesting, poignant and occasionally surprising reading.
In this vein, I always remember the words of the much-missed Mike Yaconelli
(another who went too soon)
If I were to have a heart attack right at this moment, I hope I would have just enough air in my lungs and just enough strength in me to utter one last sentence as I fell to the floor: "What a ride!" My life has been up and down, careening left then right, full of mistakes and bad decisions, and if I died right now, even though I would love to live longer, I could say from the depths of my soul, "What a ride!"
So...here are some of my "Before I die" wishes...
- to return to India with my children and swim once again in the Indian ocean
- to see the Northern Lights
- to visit Africa and see the places that mean so much to Hugger Steward
- to see my children happy and beloved
- to open my home to those who need a loving refuge
- to write something I am really pleased with
- to mend or let go of broken relationships
- to relish here and now, wherever they may be