• Davis Young

You are never too old for a gap year or two.


You may think you know what's cool and what's not, but you’re very likely ignoring one of the most important social issues global citizens should be alarmed about right now. The issue is what’s more important – PLAY DATES or GAP YEARS?


I know where I stand on that question. When I was raised in the early 1950s, there was never a single time when my mother phoned a friend and said, I’m wondering if you can bring little Larry over to our house about 2:15 in the afternoon two weeks from this coming Thursday for a play date with Davis. If that doesn’t fit on your phone calendar, how do you and Larry look for the 11th of next month mid-afternoon say about 3:30?


Unfortunately – or perhaps fortunately – I am now 81-years-old and my chances for play dates are dwindling at an alarming rate. And, perhaps that is just as well. I don’t have a swing set anymore. My swinging is limited to the senior tees on golf courses. I am simply too old for play dates. It has taken me a long time to admit that, but it’s true. And this blog is all about truth.


So, I come down on the side of gap years as being the key issue in today’s troubled world, at least my world. I am still plenty young enough to take a gap year and I want to make an official announcement that 2021 will be a gap year for me. I need to figure out what I want to do with the rest of my life other than to just live it.


What will I do when I finally grow up in another couple of years? What kind of work offers me the best opportunity for long-term happiness? Do I need to go back to school for an MBA? I have a strong entrepreneurial inclination. What kind of company might I start? Will I have time to be a good parent to my children who are now in their 50s and still looking to me for fatherly advice?


These are important issues. Taken together, they are nearly overwhelming. So, rather than a gap year, I may actually end up taking several gap years. I need to get this right. I don’t want to be coming back to you in another 15 years when I’m 96 and have to admit that I didn’t use my gap year(s) to really think through what I want to do next.

For a long time, I have refused to use the word retirement. I hate the thought of the r-word. But, the g-word is another story. 2021 is my gap year, perhaps the first of several. I’m on my way. I think I still have a shot at being the GOAT if I can just figure out what I want to be the GOAT of. That’s another G-word I like.


Perhaps I’ll become a professional baseball player. I know a team that needs some youth. And, with the last name of Young I am forever Young. I will up-skill my game. That’s a promise. I’ve thought about becoming a fireman. One of my best friends is a fireman. I’d have to learn to slide down a pole when the alarm goes off, but the best part is I could spend off-time time with one of those white dogs that has black spots. Or, maybe I’ll become a judge. I think I’d be good at that because I’m very judgmental.


One day last September, the Cleveland Plain Dealer published my Aries horoscope as follows: Your career path is expanding. It’s a day to choose worthwhile goals and decide which direction you want to move professionally. My hometown newspaper understands me. I am counting on the fact that you do, too.

DY: In Just a Few Words is a blog that comes out when something needs to be said or every Tuesday - whichever comes first. Davis Young is a communications professional who adds 50+ years of experience and perspective to issues of the day. His emphasis in DY: In Just a Few Words will be humor (a touch of sarcasm here, a pinch of facetiousness there...). Once in a while, he will touch on something a bit more serious - but hopefully not too deep or depressing.


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  • Davis Young

Victory is in sight.


Looking left, looking right

Always looking for the light that’s bright.

Looking up, reaching high

Never give up, while there’s time to try.


Looking forward, looking ahead

Negative thoughts are not in my head.

Hanging tough for all it’s worth

Finding my way upon this earth.


Being our best is all we can be

That’s the goal for all to see.

Don’t settle for less than being your best

Good things to do, no time to rest.


Shooting straight and aiming high

Gonna get there, gotta try.

Wherever we start’s a shot in the dark

Can’t let that stop us from leaving our mark.


Life’s a race on a circular track

Keep on keeping on and never look back.

It’s about stretching and being bold

Always be reaching and going for gold.


Play by the rules and ring the bell

Play the game and do it well.

Share the credit, spread the fame

Live life large, and carry the flame.


Climb the hill and chase the light

It’s just ahead and shines so bright.

No worry, no waiting and no fear

Victory’s in sight and it’s really near.





December 29, 2020

DY: In Just a Few Words is a blog that comes out when something needs to be said or every Tuesday - whichever comes first. Davis Young is a communications professional who adds 50+ years of experience and perspective to issues of the day. His emphasis in DY: In Just a Few Words will be humor (a touch of sarcasm here, a pinch of facetiousness there...). Once in a while, he will touch on something a bit more serious - but hopefully not too deep or depressing.


This blog is a product of DY Author & Speaker LLC. Feel free to quote content with attribution. Respond. Agree. Disagree. Share the content with your friends. Heck - even invite him as a speaker for your group! Enjoy!

  • Davis Young

All I want for Christmas is.....


I’ve been giving a lot of thought to my Christmas list for this year. I know you’re receiving this December 22 and that may be kind of late. You’ll probably have to pay a lot of additional dollars to get something to me in just three more days. But, remember it is more blessed to give than to receive and a few extra bucks to make sure I have a Merry Christmas on your money is a good thing to do.


Actually, my list for this year is pretty reasonable.

  • I want everyone to receive new masks from Santa.

  • I want everyone to wear those nice new masks.

  • I want everyone to remain socially distanced.

  • I want everyone to have high-powered soap to wash their hands.

  • I want everyone to get vaccinated when it’s their turn.

  • And, I want no more talk about stolen elections.

If you want to make me happy this year, that’s my list. The only other thing I might possibly want is cash. I am always open to that.


What really gets me excited is Christmas 2021. I want to be the first to share my list for a year from now. I have a better chance of getting these gifts if I’m not late in asking like I am this year. So, here is the 2021 list.

  • A family holiday dinner without social distancing.

  • Not a single TV story about a rising number of COVID cases. Not one.

  • No need to go into a bank with a mask on to demand money.

  • No fear of hugging my kids and grandkids.

  • A full year when I never have to wash my hands. Never.

  • Permission to go to large gatherings and not feel guilty.

  • A court order preventing use of the term super spreader.

  • Ditto for the term social distancing.

  • Double ditto for the word hoax.

  • No empty shelves for paper products in grocery stores.

  • Permission to sneeze without thinking I just killed someone.

  • And, of course the old standby -- cash. Preferably unmarked bills.

If you prefer to make a pledge of cash due in 2022, that will be o.k.


I hope the only thing any of us catch in 2021 is the spirit of Christmas and that we share that far and wide all year long.

That’s my list for a year from now. In the meantime, put a smile on your face for Holidays 2020. Remind yourself, it could be a whole lot worse. If you’re reading this, you’re still on the right side of the grass.

DY: In Just a Few Words is a blog that comes out when something needs to be said or every Tuesday - whichever comes first. Davis Young is a communications professional who adds 50+ years of experience and perspective to issues of the day. His emphasis in DY: In Just a Few Words will be humor (a touch of sarcasm here, a pinch of facetiousness there...). Once in a while, he will touch on something a bit more serious - but hopefully not too deep or depressing.


This blog is a product of DY Author & Speaker LLC. Feel free to quote content with attribution. Respond. Agree. Disagree. Share the content with your friends. Heck - even invite him as a speaker for your group! Enjoy!

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