What Will Your “-” Say?
“You know, I’m just another person who got a little hurt, quit their corporate job and started driving around the country with his dog…”
Growing up, we are told we are each special in our own way. That’s always the joke about us millenials at least right? Participation trophy for this or an “Everybody Wins” medal for that…
Well I was lucky. Mom and dad told me at a young age that this is not the case. And I came to realize that they were 100% correct.
We may all be different in our own way, but special? Not a chance.
One quote I love is from Margaret Mead who said, “Always remember that you are absolutely unique, just like everyone else.”
In the summer of 2016, I was working at a church in Colorado. At the time, I ran a small construction crew. We were building up the church’s retaining walls with more dirt in the back and planting grass so they could have more space for their urn burials. Basically a graveyard, but for ashes if that makes sense. The walls would be a couple feet tall which would allow for name plaques to be placed on them.
The plaques with the name of the person who had died would go on the wall, then their ashes would be buried in the grass and dirt below.
It was super eerie. The crew and I were all precarious about digging and working right next to the ashes of those who passed away…heaven forbid we dig right into somebody’s grandmother’s ashes or something…
But I digress. These individuals peacefully laid to rest here were now just names on a 2″ x 4″ inch plaque.
What makes us special in life is what is left behind. Working and looking at all of the name tags around us was especially moving. At one point in time, these individuals were all different from one another, but I wonder how they were special? What passions did they have? Did they inspire others? Did they waste time watching shitty reality tv shows?
A memorable quote by Kevin Welch comes to mind as well,
“There will be two dates on your tombstone which all of your friends and family will read. But all that is going to matter is that little dash between them.”
I mentioned I like to get out and do shit. That’s part of what I take pride in. But I also listen to people. I tell stories. I’m a business man and I treat my dog like a person. I do my best to be nice as fuck, and am honest as much as I can. Sometimes my humor plays on other’s faults or shortcomings, but that’s who I am. I’m right there to be made fun of too. Me being the half funny guy who is sometimes an ass is what makes me special and shit.
Think about what makes you special? What stories are going to be held in that dash between those two dates? What’s the middle to your beginning and end.
Tell me about them! Tell me about how you’re not going to be just another person. What are you going to do to make that dash between those two years as incredible as possible? I love hearing stories.
Being inspired by things can sure make a day cool as hell.
THAT is what it’s all about baby. Let’s kick some ass today.
Dillon Pomeroy | (952) 836–5644 | firstname.lastname@example.org