More than 400 walls that ask people to list what they want to do before dying have gone up in the United States and many other countries.

The oversized blackboards — some painted on buildings, others freestanding — invite people to finish the sentence: “Before I die I want to ...”

The responses range from the common to the profound, and include:

  • make my dad proud

  • find the yin to my yang

  • be happy

  • eat more everything

  • get my wife back

  • slow down for a moment and maybe even stop

  • tell my dad I'm gay

  • play in the NFL

  • find a cure for cancer

  • see Italy

  • travel the world

  • brighten someone's day

    Rick Destito poses near the "Before I Die" wall he painted on the former factory building he owns in Syracuse, N.Y.
    Rick Destito poses near the "Before I Die" wall he painted on the former factory building he owns in Syracuse, N.Y. (Carolyn Thompson/AP)

    Artist Cindy Chang created the first wall on an abandoned house in her New Orleans neighborhood in 2011. She said a universal theme is personal well-being, with repeat entries like “come to terms with who I am,” “forgive and be forgiven,” “heal,” and “have no regrets.”

    The walls have been put up in more than 60 countries, including Kazakhstan, Mexico, Iraq, Haiti, South Korea and South Africa.

    “Some walls reflect the current politics of the region,” Chang said. “But for the most part, the walls have shown just how universal our hopes are.

    “We want to love and be loved. We want to see the world. We want to help others. We want to understand who we really are.”

    Find out if there's a wall near you and look at more photos of them.

    Reporting by the Associated Press.