I’ve always thought that one of the most profound ways I can show gratitude for the good things in life is to GO FOR IT.
A dream, a goal, a passion—call it whatever. If some far-fetched idea excites me, makes me bound out of bed before dawn, I am pure and simple—grateful. After all, inspiration is one of the best things ever. Why waste opportunities. Aren’t they all golden? Even the failures—that’s how we learn. What if a baby didn’t crawl or a toddler walk because they were afraid of falling or failing?
I’m smitten with the Before I Die, I Want To … Project. If you go right now and visit the website, you’ll see what I’m excited about. I don’t have to tell you anything more about it. You’ll get it. Of that I’m sure. You’ll get it because it hits that certain deep nerve in all of us that tells us we want to live deliberately … now.
But, wait. It gets better. The story behind the site is an inspiration in itself. A few years ago when the Polaroid camera company announced that they would stop making instant cameras, New York City photographer Nicole Kenney began snapping hers like, well, like, there was no tomorrow.
Kenney partnered up with fellow photographer KS Rives, and the pair took their Polaroids on the road, traveling worldwide to ask people out-of-the-blue what they want to accomplish in life. The answers, from the whimsical to the heartbreaking, were documented by means of a dying camera, and you can see them for yourself on the project’s site.
“We thought this question would be really fitting,” Kenney said, “because technologies die and people die. Everything is impermanent.”
All the more reason to embrace life’s possibilities. What’s your dream?