Cape Town, which is a funky, hip, stunning city, has it all, but there was one thing besides the beauty that captured me. Being the sucker that I am for thought provoking questions and lists, there was this restaurant where they turned the entry wall outside into a giant chalkboard where passerby's could write up their personal aspirations. It was so cool, and when I was reading what was on the wall, I thought about how death can inspire life, how our time is so limited and that people need the affirmation of human life and imagination. Before I die transformed a neglected space into a constructive, lively one where we can learn the hopes of people we don't even know. It's a thoughtful public space, reflects what's important to us as human beings, and some of what's written can really hit hard in the heart.
So this last week before school break, I went around the village, as well as the classrooms making our blackboards into Before I Die boards. The kids had a great time with it, the teachers were more reticent, and the villagers wondered why on earth I'm trying to make them laugh again.
Here are just a sampling of the answers I got:
Before I Die I want------
I want God to be on my side
I want to be forgiven for all my mistakes
I want to see London Bridge falling down
I want to climb Mt. Kili
I want to eat something from America
I want to meet Byonce
I want to buy a car
I want to go to USA
I want to build a big fancy house
I want to have two children
I want to marry a woman from Egypt
I want there to be Polygomy (that one is quite questionable)
I want to complete my education in the UK or Canada
I want to be Miss Botswana
I want there to be rain
I want food to eat
I want to be a love master
I want Tshepo to stay in Africa
I want to be a child of God
I want lots of money for my kids
I'm not gonna die!
It was fun doing this and seeing what's in the minds of kids and adults who see little of the world, and to try to instill in them that anything is possibly if they just help each other reach their dreams. Everyone should have a bucket list of things to do before it's all over. I have a full bucket list but right now: Before I die, I want to take a long hot bath!