In the Salt Lake City neighborhood known as "The Avenues" is the amazing Salt Lake City Cemetery. I read somewhere that there was over 150,000 graves their! Since I live so close to it, and the weather is absolutely beautiful, I have decided to start an amazing project I would like to call "The Midnight Project."
Over the course of the spring, summer and fall, or, until it gets too cold and snowy to visit the cemetery I am going to embark on a remarkable and wonderful journey.
I am going to make a map of this beautiful cemetery with coordinates to find specific graves. I will also post pictures of certain headstones that I find intriguing and or beautiful. Also, my biggest hope, is that when I find a headstone that I particularly enjoy, I want to find the story of the person who is buried their. I want to know about that person. Who they were, what the did, how they died and most of all, I want to see what I can learn from them!
I guess I am weird, but, when I am in a cemetery I feel an overwhelming feeling of reverence. To me it is almost spiritual to be there. Being around thousands of people who have come and gone from this life. People who lived and experienced life, and learned from their experiences.
I want to know their stories, and I want to learn from them.
I guess being in a cemetery just puts everything into perspective for me. It makes me really see that my life isn't going to last forever and one day I am going to be in that ground with a just a stone to mark my name. I want to know that before I am there, that I learned from those who came before me. I want to know that I lived my life to the limit. I want to know that I loved with all my heart. I want to know that I did all that I could to accept and love everyone and everything, no matter what differences might present themselves. Basically, I want to know that I lived and I want to tell my story, through the voices of the past. And hopefully through my project, I can give some people who have passed the chance to tell their story.
I can't wait and I am so excited for this awesome adventure.
Thanks for listening.