Yes, it's a jarring question. It goes straight for the jugular. And it leads to more meaningful relationships.
"What do you want to do before you die?"
Inspired by this TED Talk from Kalina Silverman about meaningful conversation, I decided to ask this question of everyone in my department at the office. Some of their responses were: "Travel to Machu Picchu." "Write a novel." "Become financially independent so that I can invest in helping children." "Start a community center in my rural hometown."
As you can imagine, these responses lead to some interesting conversations that allowed me to gain a new perspective of my colleagues and a deeper understanding of the things that motivate them in their daily lives.
So, what do YOU want to do before you die?