TOILET PAPER THEORY
Years ago a friend of mine Stewart and myself were sitting up at night playing two handed poker and drinking beer. Stu is much younger than myself and we were talking about how people tended to view life differently as they got older. We came up with the following analogy
" toilet paper theory"
Basically - your life is like a roll of toilet paper.
When you're young you waste a lot of sheets. You think the roll will never end, or at least the end of the roll is so far away that you never think of it. You take the roll for granted. You pull the roll hard and just let it fly, sometimes even letting it roll out in a pile on the floor.
When you get older, that's when you notice that your role is actually getting smaller. The older you get the less sheets you have left and the more valuable each sheet becomes. You realize how important each sheet is and you start looking at how you can get the most out of each and every sheet.
Most people never know how much is actually left in the role at any given time. Kind of like when you go to McDonald's and in the stall the roles are covered with that stainless steel cover that doesn't let you see how much is left on the roll.
The take away - use your sheets wisely. Get the most out of every sheet because someday the roll will run out.
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