35 People Around The World Share What They Want To Do Before They Die

Spoiler: Love, family, money, peace.

Before I Die I Want To is a project founded by Brooklyn-based photographer Nicole Kenney.


Since 2008, she has asked strangers around the United States and India one simple question…

And she has them handwrite their responses on the Polaroid pictures she takes of them.


The project was inspired by the “death” of Polaroid photography, and it aimed to motivate the photos’ subjects to achieve their goals. Other similar projects have been successfully launched since.

Below are a few poignant examples.


1. “Before I die I want to see my photos in the Human Rights Protocol.”

New York City, U.S.A.

2. “Before I die I want to love someone passionately.”

New York City, U.S.A.

3. “Before I die, I want to witness the ‘United States of Africa.’”

New York City, U.S.A.

4. “Before I die, I want to thank my mother and father.”

New York City, U.S.A.

5. “I want to lead India in progress.”

Mumbai, India.

6. “Before I die I want to make my girlfriend my ‘wife.’”


7. “Before I die I want to have many stories to tell on my deathbed.”

New York City, U.S.A.

8. “Before I die I want to make films to highlight sufferings. Want to save humanity through cinema.”

New Delhi, India.

9. “Before I die I’d love to meet President Obama.”

Kansas, U.S.A.

10. “Before I die I want to resolve my inability to have intimate relationships.”

New York City, U.S.A.

11. “Before I die I want to open up a mosque and spread Islam.”


12. “Before I die I want to see more sunrises.”

Chicago, U.S.A.

13. “Before I die, I want to go up into every lighthouse in the country.”

Louisiana, U.S.A.

14. “Before I die I want to kiss my wife more.”

New York City, U.S.A.

15. “I want world peace, happiness, and justice for Tibet from China. I pray for all humans’ peace and happiness.”

McLeodganj, India

16. “Before I die I would like to have love again. I want to see my wife look at me with fulfilment in her eyes.”

New York City, U.S.A.

17. “Before I die I want to be a millionaire.”

New Delhi, India

18. “Before I die, I want to spend private time with my partner who’s been in prison for five years.”

Kansas, U.S.A.

19. “I’ve been burning dead bodies for years. This is my religion. I’ll always do this. I’m happy.”

Varanasi, India

20. “I will recite god’s name before I die.”


Mumbai, India

21. “Before I die I want to make my dad really proud.”

Chicago, U.S.A.

22. “Before I die, I want to throw my grandkids in the pool.”

Atlanta, U.S.A.

23. “Before I die, I want to change the way we teach kids.”

New York City, U.S.A.

24. “I want to go to school.”

Udaipur, India

25. “Before I die I want to do something for my family.”

Goa, India

26. “I want to die before my husband dies.”

Mumbai, India

27. “I want to be a Bollywood star.”

Mumbai, India

28. “I want to make a choice that will totally inconvenience me to help someone else.”

Kansas, U.S.A.

29. “Before I die I want to go to New York.”

New Delhi, India

30. “Money. Money. Money. Money.”

Mcleodganj, India

31. “Before I die I want to learn more languages than my father knows.”


32. “Before I die, I want to know what it feels like to be home…again.”

Chicago, U.S.A.

33. “It’s most important to me that the things I learned are passed onto the next generations.”

Patient at a hospice.

34. “Before I die I want to… Feel my heart expand into the oneness of love in everyone and everything.”

Kerala, India

35. “Before I die, I want to be sure it’s all OK.”

Kansas, U.S.A.

Browse the full collection here and see more of Nicole Kenney’s works on her website.

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