"You know what the most important thing on a person's tombstone is? It's not the date of birth or the date of death...it's the little dash that connects them."
This profound truth was spoken by my dear friend, Darrell.
He was right...one tiny dash. All of our experiences, adventures, joys and heartaches are represented in that one diminutive mark.
The conversation had begun over the news that, Dave Freeman, author of 100 Things To Do Before You Die had himself died at age 47. Had he, I wondered...done all that was on his list?
We commented on the sad irony...but...then paused to consider something else...
Here was a man who had lived more in his 47 years than most live in 80! His was a life to emulate! Surely, he would've been the guy who wanted a huge raucous party to celebrate his life rather than a somber wake to mourn his death.
He lived his dreams...shouldn't we?
I've taken inspiration from Dave Freeman's life and have begun my own 'list of dreams.'
- Sail the Greek Islands
- Write a 'screenplay' memoir of my life in Northern Japan
- Have a home on the beach in Hawaii
- Take singing lessons
- Watch the sun set over Mount Kilamanjara
- Finish writing my book and get it published
- Learn to draw, paint and do all manner of artistic things.
- Inspire others towards their dreams
I observe a few quiet moments with myself each evening with a soulful look inward. Because of this practice and the Japanese method of 'goal-getting' known as Kaizen, my dreams will be represented on my 'little dash.'
And you...what's on your list of dreams?