"Each day is another day, and we can't control what comes our way."
On Jefferson Avenue, life doesn't exactly start with a clean slate. It's how you fill in the blanks that matters most.
At the corner of Jefferson and Bartlett, there is a sign.
"See before I die," said Audrey Dickey.
"Yeah, makes me stop and think," said Annie Pugh.
It's one simple line: "Before I die, I want to..."
"I want to help children."
"And that's one of my main goals is to... live better."
"I want to be a volunteer."
The sign was placed here by a local college student, a place for reflection.
"I was born and raised in Rochester. As a matter of fact, I was born right here on the Avenue," said Dickey.
The idea was born in New Orleans. Anyone can grab a piece of chalk, and share their aspirations.
"I don't know. I would like to minister to people, work with kids, teach them about God," said Pugh.
A public declaration of aspiration.
"I'm feeling some type of way about myself. Who I am and what I'm supposed to represent in the world," Dickey said.
Questions many people have.
But chalk in hand, Audrey Dickey, found answers.
Answers, which bring hope.
"I assume sometimes it's the end of the world when things happen but it's not. We can hold on, and I really appreciate this time."
The wall will remain up through early October. But intentions, with hope, will live much longer.
"Everybody's trying to survive, trying to hold onto their family. Just do what we gotta do, because we're not going to be here forever," said Dickey. "We passing through."