Jan 29: Life In Perspective

Here we are go, one more early morning. Waking up, and focusing on what we want to get done this morning.

It can be hard to remember to look at the big picture—I mean the REALLY big picture— and remind ourselves of the value of a single day, of this week, or even this month within the larger context of your life.

So before you get going with your day, let’s take a moment to remind ourselves of the bigger picture — with a bit of help courtesy of our friend Tim Urban at Wait But Why.

We share this during past cycles of Damn Early Days because, in all honesty, it is still one the of the most powerful reminders we have seen.

No lie, we look at it ourselves at least once a month and it still feels like a wake up call, every damn time.

So, we like to use it as a monthly reminder for all of us in the DED team as well. The message, the reminder it gives us, its at the crux of why we started Damn Early Days in the first place.

So here's a wake up call for you this morning. Here is your entire life in months, assuming you live until 90.

Yep, that's all you get.

And considering for most of us at least 25% is already behind us, you can knock off the first 7 or 8 rows. The rest is what you have to spend as you please.

Looking at it that way, it's simple (and powerful) to understand why how you spend your time matters so much. It puts into perspective what is and isn't important.

Think about it:

  • If you drink a good cup of coffee each morning, that's just 20,000 "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.

It's quick, it's simple, and it's one of the most important things you can understand.

This mornings post will help you do that. Take a dive in, it's one of the best we've ever read.

And of course, your morning jam...

Julian DeSchutter