It feels as though we have looked directly into the hearts and souls of strangers...
Not all wishes are materialistic. In fact, our project My Life Wish proved that tourists and locals both old and young just want to make the most of every day they have on earth.
Last Saturday, we invited all of you to share your life wishes with us on our giant chalkboard.
The project took an empty space that was used as a passageway between Circular Quay and The Rocks, to create art, foster a community space, and inspire people to stop and think about what matters the most to them in life.
"For my mums health"
"To never be far from you"
Using a handmade standalone structure, the Leezair team transformed scrap timber into a public canvas. Slowly, then all at once, crowds flocked to the board to chalk their wildest dreams and life wishes. The chalkboard was a heartwarming reminder of how powerful human aspirations and imagination can be.
The project encouraged community members, tourists and strangers to fill in the blank "My life wish is..." The responses ranged from "To be a pilot" to "ensuring that no child goes to sleep hungry".
"To be mortgage free" "To believe love wins"
"To always value time"
Starting out this project, we anticipated people to write about personal goals revolving around travel, education, accomplishments and experiences. Taking a step back and looking at our chalkboard, we are overwhelmed by the number of people who shared their intimate and personal hopes and wishes with us and other strangers.
"To be myself" "That no child should wake up hungry or frightened"
It both warmed and broke our hearts to read people's wishes, especially those that were so exposed and raw. Getting to meet everyone on hearing about their stories firsthand is one matter, but nothing could have prepared us for the emotions that would come from reading words chalked on timber.
If you had one wish, what would it be?
On Saturday, we were able to hear most peoples' stories. They told us what their wish meant to them and how they would try to make it come true.
We want to hear what you would wish for? Let us know in the comments.