What do you want to do before you die?

If tomorrow was your last day on Earth, what would you do? Would you have any regrets? Would you do things differently? Would you wish to turn back time just a lil’ while longer? Death is fascinating right…. It’s scary, can often surprise us and it’s simply inevitable. Your family, friends, friends of friends, strangers, me, you – It’s an unavoidable finality, and somehow it slips under the radar because we don’t like to talk about it. We don’t like to imagine a world where we no longer exist.

So where exactly am I going with this? 6 months ago, I watched a TED talk by Candy Cheng, and I was left in awe. She proposed one blank question: what is it that people want to do before they die? And it really triggered something in me. 

There are over 7 billion people in this world with different hopes and dreams. And I’m sure, if tomorrow were the last day on earth – we would suddenly realise what it is we REALLY wanted to do on earth. Wouldn’t we?

Would we not live life to its full potential if we weren’t so comfortable? So I’ve tried to ask the perplexing question. I’ve asked a few of my closest friends, colleagues and family what they wanted to do before they die and this is what it came down to..

I want to travel the world and visit India.

Perhaps one day I’ll meet the Dalai Lama.

I want to go to the Oprah anywhere in the world because it fascinates me.

I want to make someone think differently in a positive way.

I want to help someone who had low-self esteem and make them realise how beautiful they were.

I want to take my Mum on an overseas trip.

I want to see as many cities in the world with a birds eye view.

I want to travel the world and start my own clothing line.

I want to write a book.

I want to travel everywhere and meet the love of my life.

I want to go scuba diving in the underwater caves of Mexico.

I want to meet Penelope Cruz.

I want to visit all seven continents, including Antartica.

I want to go to Japan.

I’d like to volunteer or teach long term in a country that needs it – make a difference you know.


There is an underlying theme beneath most answers. Not a single one was materialistic. Each and every wish before death is intrinsically close to our souls. Each one is an opportunity we shouldn’t waste.

Restricted time has a funny way of showing us what matters. Tomorrows are never guaranteed, and in the blink of an eye, everything could change the direction of our lives. It is only when we are faced with death, that we realise what’s before us. What you should have done, what you regret, the love and relationships you faced and the life you lived.

How many do you relate to? What do you want to before you die? Don’t let your current dreams and ideas remain concealed to the world. Life’s too short and time is  fleeting to not go after what your heart really desires. 


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