If you knew how many days you had to live, would that change what you’re doing right now?
Would knowing that make you want to do more of what makes you happy perhaps?
Your life in days.
“The average life expectancy of the global population in 2011 is 70 years, ranging from 80+ years in countries such as Japan, Australia, and France, to less than 60 years in South Africa, Laos and Kenya. ” World Health Organization, 2012. From Life in Half a Second, by Matthew Michalewicz, Hybrid Publishers 2013
Let’s assume you might live to be 80.
Subtract your current age from 80 and multiple the result by 365 to find the number of ‘days you have left’.
So that’s it. That’s all you have left.
What will you do, where will you go?
A lot of people I know love travelling, or they like the thought of it. But many don’t do it, because there are always compromises that have to be made in order to actually get on the road or on a plane. Money, time, you know the reasons. I do know however, that there are a whole heap of Baby Boomer bloggers who love to travel and do get out there, do it and blog about it.
You know who you are! Please would you all link in the comments so that we can pop by to your latest blog posts 🙂
Taking a an alternative angle on what makes us happy, Kelly Exeter asks : Should we Aim for a Happy Life or an Interesting Life?
What makes us happy?
Knowing approximately how many days you might have left, do you feel a sense of urgency, as if there is actually a countdown on your life. The egg timer is running, the dress rehearsal ended a long time ago, this is it.
So have you figured out the things that make you happy, and do you make an effort to do them?
Because really we should be in a hurry to do them. A hurry to do things with the rest of the time we have left.
In his book Life in Half a Second (which really made me think) Matthew explains that it took billions of years for you to be made from scraps of living matter, from bacteria, microbes, fermenting cells fighting for the right to exist to create Homo Sapiens. They went on an epic journey of survival hunting and being hunted enduring pain and suffering so that the species could survive. At the end of this one sperm out of 300 million attached itself to an egg, creating you, only you.
“The point of it all, since the planet cooled and nature first put her hand to work, was to produce you ….and here you are the finest specimen of an eternity of mutation and adaptation, surviving the evolutionary climb of all evolutionary climbs, through miracle and chance, beating all odds, winning a trillion-to-one-wager, winning the sperm race to be born, to be you. And today, sitting comfortably, reading this book safe, warm, fed, the beneficiary of millions of years of unimaginable suffering and billions of years of incalculable good luck, there you are, with just half a second to enjoy the result, the marvel of existing, the miracle of being. And what do you do with that half second? Something other than what you want!” Life in Half a Second, Matthew Michalewicz. Life in Half a Second challenge
What makes me happy?
Well really it comes down to the little things and I suspect some of these things make you happy too:
- being with the people I love
- looking up at the stars
- misty mornings
- beautiful gardens
- long walks on sandy beaches
- cycling in the forest
- taking in the moment wherever I am, whatever I’m doing
- eating a delicious meal
- writing a good blog post!
I’m always thinking about travel trips to organise with my hubby, and planning to spend time in England with my Mum.
But I’m wondering what makes you happy? And are you doing it?
So what are you waiting for?
How many days did you say you had left?
Action: Get out today and go do something that makes you happy. In amongst that big list of To-Do’s, go hug your grandchildren, phone a friend, set some goals, plan a family holiday, organise a Sunday lunch with your children, bake a cake, or take the dog for a long walk somewhere that speaks to your soul – why not do something to treasure as well as figure out something lovely you can work towards?
Why not share with us one thing that you can do which will make you happy today. Go on, write it down in the comments section – then get off and do it.