It’s About the Dash

I was reading another blog recently in which the discussion was about the Big Question. You know, the one that asks “what are you going to do with the rest of your life?”. That’s a question we all ask at some point. Particularly, it seems, as geezerhood approaches. My version of this same question is what will we do about the “dash”?

At this point, some of you are saying “what the bleep is he talking about?” WTF is a “dash”and why do I have to do anything about it?

Well boys and girls, the quick answer is that you don’t. But you should. You see the dash represents the sum total of our lives. Now, there is certainly NOTHING we can do about our lives from birth to today. That’s the past. Can’t change the past. But what about the future? Certainly we can still exercise some influence about our future, right? You know, influence over the “dash”?

Okay, okay! I know I’m losing some of you. Let’s say you were born in 1947. And, God forbid, let’s further speculate that you die in 2025. So…the sum total of your life can be expressed numerically as “1947-2025”. Do you see the “Dash”? Good.

So, I’ll ask you again. What are you going to do about the Dash?


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