Life may not be the party we hoped for, but while we're here we should dance
Proverb in Wikipedia
I was just kind of shocked. It took a while for it to actually set in.
The deal is going to take between six and 12 months to clear, and then a couple of years -- at the very least -- will be needed to integrate the two companies. This is going to be a very complex undertaking.
One writes to make a home for oneself, on paper, in time and in others' minds.