Own The Dash: Dakota Meyer’s Campaign to Inspire Others

Dakota Meyer, U.S. Marine Corps Veteran, Medal of Honor recipient and Alpha-Stim advocate, has started a new campaign called Own the Dash, inspiring others to take ownership of their lives.

“Own the Dash is about owning your life, leaving a legacy and giving back more than you take. It’s about making the most of each day and giving your life a true meaning, one without doubt or insecurity. The last legacy you leave this world is a tombstone, and that tombstone reduces your life to two dates: the day you’re born and the day you die, two days that are insignificant in the grand scheme of what you can control. What actually matters is the dash in between.”

Meyer has been vocal about his mission to improve his life, which has included using Alpha-Stim to treat his battle with anxiety.

“So I don’t talk about it much because it’s definitely something I’m not proud of, but I have a rough time with anxiety. I just started this new Alpha-Stim treatment. It’s the only thing that I have found so far that’s not medication that helps a ton. I just wanted to share in case you all are looking for something,” Meyer wrote on Instagram in February.

The Own the Dash website invites you to “Share Your Story” and tell how you have taken ownership of your life, and how you are working to leave your legacy.

“Your actions will inspire others to also honor the life they’ve been given. In a time when the world seems hopeless, our mission begins with each person showing the world that hope is alive and well.”

One man wrote that his decision to own the dash occurred when he and his family decided that instead of just going on annual missions trips, they would make a difference by becoming involved in the foster system and adopting children from both Guatemala and the United States.

Another wrote that his version of owning the dash occurs on daily basis as a firefighter, a CrossFit coach/gym owner and a parent of an autistic son, when he makes the conscious choice to ask the question, “Why not you?”

Meyer says his vision for Own the Dash is to create a community of selflessness and accountability that empowers individuals to accept nothing less than being the best that they can be.

“I appreciate everyone’s support in this vision to change the world,” Meyer said.

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