The 80,000 Day Project

Yesterday, I found out I have around 80,000 days more to live based on the average life expectancy of people in my age range (I’m currently 29).

It was an eye-opener, a sobering thought.

It also gave me a sense of urgency, that life cannot be postponed. If I intend to achieve my goals, I can’t keep procrastinating about it.

With this in mind, I now keep a regular reminder of the days remaining in my phone. This will help guide me in making decisions and to start taking action.

The great equalizer

The great equalizer

via: Tim Moore

(http://www.flickr.com/photos/thetim/with/2332947305/)

I suppose Steve Jobs used death as a constant reminder for him to live life to the fullest. It makes sense we all do as well.

“Remembering that I’ll be dead soon is the most important tool I’ve ever encountered to help me make the big choices in life.”

Almost everything–all external expectations, all pride, all fear of embarrassment or failure–these things just fall away in the face of death, leaving only what is truly important. 

Remembering that you are going to die is the best way I know to avoid the trap of thinking you have something to lose. You are already naked. There is no reason not to follow your heart. 

No one wants to die. Even people who want to go to heaven don’t want to die to get there. And yet, death is the destination we all share. No one has ever escaped it, and that is how it should be, because death is very likely the single best invention of life. It’s life’s change agent. It clears out the old to make way for the new.”

Comments

  1. I had the same realization around the time I turned 30 mid this year. I notice that this is a pretty common experience among people our age.

    Someone named it “thrisis”.

    I don’t want to let a day pass wasted. And I don’t want that someday, I’ll wake to find out that it’s time to die, and when I look back in my life… I didn’t do anything worth anything.

    Reply
    • Hi Rae,

      wow, I like the term invented by that person. Yeah, I guess its like an existence problem….and the idea that we’re no longer ‘young’ yet not that old either. We’re at a juncture deciding how our remaining life will unfold.

      Am glad you’re off to living a life to the fullest :)

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