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I came across a new phrase while reading an appeal letter from Wikipedia programmer here.

Excerpt:

I feel like I’m living the first line of my obituary.

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What does "living the first line of my obituary" mean in this context?

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I would want my obituary to reflect the parts of my life of which I'm most proud. I expect the author feels the same. So, with these words, Brandon intimates his sense of pride in working at the Wikimedia Foundation.

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It means the most important thing you will do in your life. It is a reference to the TV program The West Wing when C.J. said, referring to her job as the chief of staff:

"You think I'm not aware that I'm living the first line of my obituary right now?"

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