Day 5: Your Life In Perspective
This article is the crux of why Damn Early Days – and what you do with it – matters.
Whether you've reading it before or are seeing it for the first time, I challenge you to dive into it. To think about it within the context of your life, and to really try to understand the point it is trying to make.
See, it can be hard for any of us to understand the value of a single day, week, or even a month within the larger context of life.
In the "grand scheme of things", a day or three really doesn't seem like a big deal.
Besides, if we're lucky, we get like 33,000+ of them.
But take a look at this visual from our friend Tim Urban at Wait But Why.
Here is your entire life in weeks, assuming you live until 90.
Yeah, that's all you get.
That is your entire life. 4,680 of them – if you're lucky.
Sobering when you put it like that.
In that space is every dream you'll ever dream, every desire you'll ever have, and every chance you'll get to focus on the things that matter.
And considering that, for most of us, at least 25% of it is already behind us, you can knock off the first 20 or 30 rows.
The rest is what you have to spend as you please.
Looking at it that way, it's much easier to understand why how you spend your time matters so much.
It should put into perspective what is and isn't important.
Think about it – assuming you're 30 years old:
- If you drink a good cup of coffee each morning, that's just 22,000 "first cups" left. Enjoy.
- If you get 4 good hugs a week, that's just 12,500 good hugs left in your life.
- If you see your parents once every three months and they live for another 40 years, that’s just 120 more times you'll see them.
- If you go on two good vacations each year, that means you have no more than 120 vacations left in your life.
- If you see an old friend once a year, that's just ~60 more times you will see them in your life.
- If you go on a rad road trip once every 3 years, that's just ~20 left in life.
You get the point...
How you spend your time in the days and weeks matters, because they add up to months, months add up to years, and those years are all you get – 90 of them, if you're lucky.
Your time – and how you spend it – matters.
Please spend it on the stuff that actually matters to you.
If you want to dive deeper into this subject, take a read of the original article in the button below.
Scroll halfway down and it gets into the good stuff.
We recommend you do, because it's one of the simplest and most powerful reads we know.
And some solid jams to listen to as you contemplate how you want to spend your time.