Most of you know I love to travel and that traveling the world inspires me. To me, it makes the world and its realities, a smaller place. I’m inspired everywhere I go. I always think to myself, why couldn’t we do that on PEI? Enter the Before I Die PEI wall!
The Before I Die wall is a global art project that invites people to reflect on their lives and share their personal aspirations in public space. This project was started by Candy Chang on an abandoned house in New Orleans after she lost someone she loved. You can watch her Ted Talk on this initiative here!
So back to travelling. Hannah Bell and I were recently sitting in a little random breakfast/coffee shop in Iceland named the Laundromat. We were on the same trip as a group of other Islanders, and I was glad to have had the chance to get to know such an amazing person.
This Iceland trip stirred up so many visions and I told Hannah some of my ideas and dreams that I had for PEI, including the wall. Hannah was ecstatic and took out her notebook. More often than not, my friends who are “do’ers” all have these magic notebooks that they always carry around. Hannah, Executive Director of the PEI Business Women’s Association, is one of these “do’ers.” I’m thankful for this conversation over coffee and the subsequent ones that followed. Hannah connected with Alana Jankov, the Executive Director at The Guild, and voila. A wall was to be built on the side of the Arts Guild in Charlottetown. Huge shout out to Ferguson Davies for doing the install, as well as Culture Days PEI for some funding to make this vision happen. And as the saying goes, the rest is history!
One weekend, my mother (who did more than her share), father, and nieces spent time building our beloved dream wall. Together we painted, stenciled and worked to make it happen, and along the way had many laughs, and learned a lot about each other as we chatted about life and its meaning. Those are the kind of memories that I will cherish forever! Thanks to Ferguson Davies for installing the board the way I envisioned it to be!
My first entry: Make a difference. I hope that by creating this dream wall, I will have made a difference and started the dream cycle for many other Islanders.
“Thinking about death, clarifies our life” – Candy Chang