One Hundred Years. That’s all I’ve got. At least that’s what I’ve been assuming for the last 10 years or so…when I started counting.
If you don’t know me personally, then I’ll tell you now what you can expect. I constantly repeat my 100 years philosophy and I will reference it consistently throughout this site, whether that’s in writing, in video, or in responses I provide to other peoples comments and feedback.
So. What is this philosophy?
I assume that I only have 100 years to make the most of my life on this earth. I then subtract my current age (as of this writing, 30), which then leaves me with the amount of years I have left to accomplish or experience the things I’ve always imagined or dreamed of doing…
…and that always equals – no matter the number – NOT A LOT OF TIME!
That’s it. It’s pretty simple, but it’s also very powerful.
Think about it.
Just assume that you’re going to live to 100. I don’t want any arguments or reasons why you don’t want to, or why you expect to live longer, just humor me, I like to use even numbers.
Imagine living to 100 years old. There’s ONLY 100 years to accomplish things you go to sleep dreaming about at night, things you wake up thinking about before work and then daydream about while at work.
Now subtract your age. What’s left?
I’m 30 so that leaves me with 70 years left to accomplish all the things I want to accomplish in this life, all the experiences I’ve dreamt about having.
Seriously! That’s NOT a lot of time. I’m very healthy today, but that can all change in the blink of an eye. To paraphrase Hellen Keller, there is no such thing as security in nature, which makes your time left even more precious.
So where did my first 30 go!? Look at your number of years remaining. As I look back on the last 30 years I always ask myself, “Where has the time gone?”
Just the other day I thought about my high school soccer team and the run we made to the state semi-finals. It was the greatest team I’ve ever been on in this life. It felt like yesterday but it was actually 14 years ago.
If that felt like yesterday, how quickly is time really moving?
Maybe you’re about to attend your 10-year high school reunion or maybe your 10-year college reunion or your child is celebrating their 10-year anniversary…or something even longer than these!
How often do you look back at a fond memory and say, “Man, it felt like we just did that yesterday!”?
Well, guess what? You kinda did. Time flies people!
If my 30 years have flown by, then how much quicker will the next 70 go? There is no time to dilly dally, there’s no time to say I’ll do this or that once I have my debt paid off, or have saved X amount of dollars in the bank, or after I get this raise I’ve working toward the last 5 years, or after the kids are out of the house….blah blah blah!!!
Don’t give me that crap.
I’m making a conscious effort to make the next 70 years left in my life count. Unlike many things in this life, you can’t get back the time you’ve used, whether you used it wisely or not.
Your time is gone, never to return.
I will always live by the 100-year philosophy so that I’m consciously aware of how I’m spending my time, helping me decide if the activities I’m currently participating in are helping me Walk My Talk.
You’re running out of time.
How are you going to make the rest of your years count?
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