I am 46 years old.
I have walked this earth for 16,838 Days.
In my StoryAthlete group today we talked about time. Specifically how much time we have left to accomplish our life’s work.
Our mortality is nothing we want to think about, but the reality is we only have a finite amount of time on this planet.
We can philosophize about the afterlife, reincarnation, heaven and hell, etc… but the only thing we know for certain about our existence is that the time we are living now is all the time that we have.
In his book “Life in a Half Second: How to achieve success before it’s too late”, the author Matthew Michalewicz states, “Let’s assume you live in one of the sixteen countries where life expectancy is more than 80 years, or that you’ll beat the odds and live to be 80. In either case, subtract your current age from 80 and multiply the result by 365. This is the number of “days left” you have – assuming all goes well and you don’t find yourself on the wrong end of “average.”
At 46 years of age, this means that if I live to the age of 80, I have 34 years left on this planet, or 12,410 days.
And that’s assuming that nothing happens to me sooner. I may die before I’m 80. Old age, health issues, or disease may limit my quality of life and thereby negatively affect those 12,410 days that I have left.
On some level, we all know that we are not going to live forever, yet most of us plod through life taking it for granted like we have all the time in the world.
So many people go through life waking up each morning to go to a job that they hate, stay in a relationship that leaves them empty, surround themselves with people that bring them down, or do nothing more than just exist.
All the while the clock ticks on.
This was a sobering exercise for me. It forced me to look at my life no longer as an abstract concept of time, but in concrete terms. This is my life in years, hours, minutes, seconds.
I have always said that I want to enjoy life and suck the marrow from its bones.
But have I?
Have I been truly living life to its fullest, and enjoying and experiencing all that life has to offer? Or have I been wasting it, taking it for granted. Lost in self pity or problems that I have magnified in my head.
When I was younger, my head was full of dreams. I wanted to travel and see the world; immerse myself in the sights, sounds, smells, and tastes of the culture. I wanted to climb the tallest mountains and feel the warmth of the sun on my face. I wanted to make an impact in people’s lives and leave this world a little bit better than I found it.
How much of that have I actually accomplished.
I am in the second half of life now. I have more days behind me than I do ahead.
One thing I know for sure is I am not going to waste them. Tomorrow is not promised to anyone.
Seeing how many days I have left to truly live life and make an impact has left an impression on me.
George Bernard Shaw once wrote that “Youth is the most precious thing in life; it is too bad it has to be wasted on young folks.”