Life isn’t about the day you’re born….or even the day you die. It’s the dash. The line inbetween is what matters most. – Mayor Marion Barry
Two things you should know really quickly: I’m from DC and this is the only mayor I’ve ever cared to know. If you’re really from the District of Columbia, then you know Mayor Barry because you’ve met him. Several times. He genuinely loved Washington, DC. Washington, DC loved him. Even in the midst of the scandal and the infamous “This bitch set me up!”, we still embraced him as ours. He cared about us. He fought for us. He created jobs for us. He was just a larger than life man. So his passing yesterday really hit home for me. Funny, I’m beginning to cry over people’s passing that aren’t my immediate family or close friends. When I heard of his passing, I immediately remembered his quote about the dash between the day you’re born and the day you die. “What do you do with the dash? What’s in that dash is what defines you” is what I remember hearing him say, and it has stuck with me to this very day. So, in memory of Mayor Marion Barry, I’m going to add to my dash. Hopefully, you’ll add to yours, too.