Walking in the Nights
In every deep and splendid night, I spent quality time with each one of them, getting their stories and any unfinished wishes before death. Below are 1001 such nights.
Gabriel, 54, Retired Policeman
Buenos Aires, Argentina
"I want to travel to both North and South Poles before my last day."
Altair, 17, Street Peddler
"I wish to ride a submarine and reach the deepest ocean before I die."
Alexander, 23, Graduate Student
"I hope I will be able to grasp French and get fluent before my deathbed."
Qi Chen, Fisherman
"Being able to speak a third language looks cool and it opens a new world to me. I wish I can learn more languages and talk to the people using those languages before I die."
Idris, Linguistic Professor
"I am trying to record some of the vanishing languages in human history and I wish I can at least save one before I die.
Hamza Brothers, 33 & 35, Business Owners
Riyadh, Saudi Arabia
"We wish to try a profession in a different field if I am still young and it is not too late before my death."
Malik, 14, Jobless
Kandy, Sri Lanka
"I want to be a comedian that brings people laughs before I die. (Translated from Tamil)"
Jai, Street Peddler
"I want to become someone who is kind and continues to be positive no matter what situation I am in."
Tono, 36, Street Peddler
"I wish to complete a whole marathon before I die. And winning a medal or two won't hurt too."
YI Fan, 31, Toy Shop Owner
"I am always fascinated by how the people at old people's house work, and how they deal with death on daily basis. I wish to be a helper at the nursery home before I encounter my own death."
Samir (on the left), Photographer & Backpacker
"I wish to have a perfect body shape before I die."
Manon, 59, Freelance Writer
"I am suffering from severe diabetes and I do hope I can get rid of it someday and truly enjoy life before I die."
Dache, Tibetan Monk
"I want to complete a triathlon before I die. It's been my childhood dream."
Chima, 33, Boxer
"I want to become a professional F1 racer before I die."
Asahi, Business Analyst
"I wish to become a well-known athlete who is able to inspire others before I die."
Chung-hee, 29, Work in the Movie Theater
Seoul, South Korea
"I am trying so hard to lose weight lately, so becoming slim and agile should be good before I die."
"I wish to try snorkeling at the Red Sea before I die."
Naya, 42, Housewife
"I wish to go skiing in the wilderness far in the North before I die."
Kenya, Street Peddler & Mother
"I want to win a prize at a top international ice skating competition before I die."
Galang, 68, Running a Plantation
"Before I die I want to become the champion at a darting competition."
Xiu Hui, Restaurant Owner
"I want to walk onto the Great Wall of China before I die."
Diya, Street Peddler
"Let me die in peace. That's my biggest wish, nothing more. (Translated from Indian local dialect)"
Fan Seng, 41, Tibetan Monk & Farmer
"I wish to try skydiving one more time before my last day comes."
Dalila, 23, College Student & Clothes Designer
"I want to trek the Inca trail before I die and communicate with the vanished civilization."
"I want to see the Pyramids in Egypt before I die. If conditions allow, seeing it under the milky way is awesome. (Translated from Spanish)"
Zero, 46 or 47, Street Violinist
"I always dream about diving from a cliff. I hope I can actually do it once before I die."
Jose, 55, Ranch Owner/Farmer
"I want to see my horses giving birth to babies before I die."
Luis, 22, Freelancer
"I want to have my own horse sometime before I die."
Akio, 28, Soon-to-be Cartoonist
"I wish to experience a true near-death event and live each day of my life on purpose ever since, before death finally arrives."
Wei Li, Fisherman/Farmer
"I want to conquer Everest before I die! (Translated from Mandarin)"
Ara, 27, Performer, Jeddah
"I want to talk to an alien before I die. If that is hard to achieve, observing a phenomenon done by aliens should be good too."
Ajay, 29, Street Peddler
"I want to become a respected teacher before I die. Imparting knowledge to someone else feels good."
Rayan, 50, Shop Owner
"I want to tell my family how much I love them before my last breath."
Yasir, Camel Feeder
"I want to discover/invent something new and helpful to humans before I die."
"I want to reconcile with all the people I used to hate or the people who still hate me before I die. (Translated from Spanish)"
"I wish to earn enough wealth and prove it to my parents who deserted me when I am young."
老沈, Hawker Stall Owner
"I wish to be free from earthy agonies and difficulties before my last breath."
Julien, 28, Tatoo Artist & Var Owner
San Francisco, USA
"I want to design my own version of the Age of Empire before I die, where I can create civilizations that have never been seen before and technologies that only exist in the future."
Omar, 44, Naan Maker
"I wish to be able to forget myself and gain eternal peace before I die."
Kavi, Street Peddler & Farmer
"I want to earn a good life for my kids before I die. I owe them too much. (Translated from Indian dialect)"
Nur, 31, Street Peddler
Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
"I want my wife to find someone good after my death, and start to live a new life."
Boshay, 11, Primary School Student
“I wish to gain my professor designation before I die.”
Zayd, 37, Work in Oil Company
“I wish to become a father that my kids will remember when I die.”
Hiroto, 61, Restaurant Owner & Chef
“I wish to live every day of my life fulfilled and loved. If every day is an unachievable goal, then let me simply do my best. ”
Rafi, Work in a Perfume Shop
“I wish to start my own perfume business someday before I die.”
Aadan, 16, High School Student & Amateur Basketball Player
“I wish to have a chance to study aboard.”
“I wish to ride in a hot-air balloon before I die.”
Daivika, 72, Temple Housekeeper
“I want to volunteer my retirement life to something meaningful, like subsidizing a kid to school or buying clean food for the refugees.”
"I wish to become a mother that my kids are so proud of when they talk about me before I die."
"I want to die with my family present. (Translated from Nepalese)"
Joe, 25, Just graduated from college
"I wish to become an entrepreneur like Elon Musk before I die."
Kannika, Street Peddler
"I wish to start a business that does good things for the planet while making a living on it before I die."
Shaquille, 34, Businessman
"I wish to do canoeing in the Amazon River before I die."
Hong Bin, Student
"I want to become an enlightening singer and sing to the ones I love before I die."
Zola, 49, Farmer/Street Peddler
"I want world peace before I die."
Denpo, 14, Tibetan Montk & Secondary School Student
“Before I die I want to drink as much as I can. Life is short, so why not?”
Choi, 42, Chef
“I want to listen to Ode to Joy before I die.”
Abhisit, Street Peddler
“I want to spend my retirement life in rural places, where I can run barefoot and sleep till noon.”
“I want to see each beautiful sunrise from my window before I die. I am doing it right now.”
Dawa, Tibetan Monk
“I wish I can live a life that is freer and more spontaneous. I should be able to dance in the rain without caring about people's judgments.”
Chesa, Work in a Vocational School
“I want to see the Northern lights before I die.”
Alioth, 31, Model/Freelancer
“I want to witness a solar eclipse before I die.”
Ming Da, Chef
“I wish to die in a camp where I can see all the stars above me. (Translated from Mandarin)”
Eymen, 28, Studying Agriculture
“I want to die in the wilderness where I am the only living thing.”
Kareem, 76, Craftsman
“I want to die after my cats, so they will not have to endure the agony of loneliness.”
Kamil, 83, Retired
“I want to plant as many trees as I can, so my offspring can enjoy the shade.”
Madoka, Cosplay Lover
“I have been practicing writing, my goal is to publish at least a book before I die.”
Kadeem, 43, Homeless
Liverpool, the United Kindom
“I want to become someone who is firm and warm, who brings people lights in the dark.”
Oudom, 27, Barber
“I want everyone I know to take comfort in my being ready for death. They should celebrate my passing away with a wild party.”
Tenzin, 15, Tibetan Monk
“I wish to live a wild life where social norms become no limit to me.”
Lucas, 29, UX Designer
“I wish to spend all my savings on a camper van and start traveling to the places I have been longing for. I shall do this till I ran out of all money before I die.”
Chad, Work in a Bakery
“I want my grandsons to inherit my vineyard and my tomb should be placed right next to it so I can see them harvest and drink from their own fruits.”
Femi, 68, Farmer
“I wish to see my children have their own families before I die.”
Lulu (seem to be), 8, Help Dad in Workshop
“I want to die in the arms of my loved ones. (Translated from Spanish)”
Farouk, 62, Shepherd
“I wish to send my kids to college and earn them a good life before I die.”
Khalid, Street Peddler
“I wish to die in the music of pianos before I die.”
Ike, 24, College Student
“I want to gain economic independence before I die.”
Darsh (man standing), 48, Secondary School Teacher
“I want to cycle around India before I die.”
Dung, 72, Street Peddler
“I want my family to be happy and healthy, nothing much I would ask for.”
“I want to grasp kung fu before I die. It looks so cool.”
“I want to become an enlightening dancer and take dance as my life pursuit.”
“I have never left this country in my entire life. I wish to go aboard once before I die.”
“I wish to spend my last days knitting and dozing off near a fireplace.”
Santhananda, 32, Hindu Monk
Colombo, Sri Lanka
“I wish to take a road trip from the northmost point to the southmost point of the American continent.”
Ichiro, 28, Dance Teacher
“I want to do backpacking, stay in cheap hostels, and travel to as many places as possible before I die. ”
Richard, College Student
"I want to set off for a random location with no itinerary and let the people and places I met on the road surprise me."
Sergio, 43, Farm Owner
Buenos Aires, Argentina
"I want to hitchhike all the way from Europe to China."
Ajay, 12, Street Peddler
"I want to publish my own film before I die, a film that I am truly proud of. (Translated from Tamil)"
Ice, Social Worker
"I want to donate my savings to marine life protection before I die so that someone out there can carry forward my unfinished deed."
Fang Fang, Restaurant Owner
“I want to have a place that I can call home before I die.”
Nila, 17, Help Family
“I want to celebrate every birthday with my kid before I die.”
Nala, 18, Street Peddler/Entrepreneur
“I wish to see snow before I die.”
Amar, Street Peddler
“I want to fly a kite one more time with my loved ones. It was the best time of my life.”
Jian Shuo, 26, Banker
Before I die I want to release my own music album, an album about my life and time.
Nyoman, Street Peddler & Father
“I want to get featured in the media for something I am truly proud of before I die. It is been my childhood dream.”
Eliott, 24, Homeless
I want to have smoked duck and salmon with caviar sauce as my last meal before I die.
Ceba, Tibetan Monk
“I wish to fall asleep on grassy plains where the Sun is warm and the breeze is mixed with flower smells. (Translated from Chinese dialect)”
“I wish to die in a place where I can live through 4 seasons of the year.”
“If I became really sick when I am about to die, I will unplug all the tubes and do whatever I feel like. I want to die with dignity.”
“I want to die in the sea and become fish food.”