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When There Are Not Enough Hours in a Day...

kawaiidaigakusei at 12:00AM, March 23, 2015
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-Art by Gunwallace

I discovered a sketchbook sitting to the left of the counter during my last visit to my favourite tea lounge. The words “Before I Die…” were scrawled across the black cover, so curiosity got the best of me and I thumbed through the pages. Each page had the same phrase as the cover glued to the top of each blank page and patrons of the café were invited to write down their ideas. I read a couple of thoughts like “Write a Book.” and “Go Skydiving!” until I felt I was imposing too much on another person's bucket list. Perhaps it was too simple to isolate one dream to be fulfilled between birth and closing time on Earth, but I should have scribbled “Complete a Webcomic” somewhere in the inner margin of page sixty-three.

Here is a sobering thought: The average human lifespan is between 25,000 - 30,000 days long. When you multiply (Your Age) x (365) + (number of days since your last birthday), you get a glimpse between the number of days you have already spent and will never get back and a general estimated number of days left in your life.

The flowers blossoming in the Springtime are a lot more meaningful because they will all be gone by Autumn.

Now to end this article on an uplifting, happy note-

In an exercise for well-being, it is suggested to keep a small note pad or journal near your bed at night to write down three things you are thankful to have each day. They can be small thoughts like not having to wait long for the light to turn at a traffic intersection OR large scale ideas like being thankful for the continued support of family and friends.

Here are my thoughts:



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strixvanallen at 12:41PM, March 25, 2015

I guess that, at the great passing, I will regret the time I wasted more than the things I did wrong. I don't feel that the subject of death is grim, because I strongly believe in an afterlife, but I do think it is something that puts all things in perspective. Death, to me, is the deadline of my life (no pun intended) and I think you are put in your place when you ask yourself "what do I have to present to my boss when the deadline comes?". It's a good question, because it alleviates a bit of the pressure on our shoulders. If you had a short life, your boss won't be expecting big things, so you can relax even if you have done too little. And, if you've had a long life, chances are that you have lots of small things to present. They may be little things, but at least they aren't nothing. At least, you've done something. And, if you haven't done anything yet, it's always time to start.

maskdt at 3:23PM, March 24, 2015

I've thought about this a fair bit since getting diagnosed with polymyositis last year. Although my odds of living a long life are good, there's still just that chance that the medication will stop working. It's very possible that I could with little warning 5, 10, 20 years from now. Honestly, nobody knows how long they've really got. I've decided to move my "somedays" much closer to "tomorrow." I'm starting to actually plan how I'm going to check off more of my "bucket list," as well as re-evaluating what I've already got and what's actually important to me.

Abt_Nihil at 6:27AM, March 24, 2015

I'm not good at dealing with mortality (but few are, I guess). Thinking about it makes me want to not waste my time, but I still enjoy being lazy. So inconsistent! ;)

tupapayon at 8:56AM, March 23, 2015

"Time is a great teacher, but unfortunately it kills all its students." -- Hector Berlioz… don't take lifer nor death so seriously… just live till you're dead…

Ozoneocean at 7:52AM, March 23, 2015

Thinking at any great length on mortality and life is a bit of a grey abyss... So easy to fall down it if you get too close so I prefer not to look.

KimLuster at 4:45AM, March 23, 2015

Great pondering topic...! Yesterday I performed the first 'yard work' of the year, clearing out dead growth in anticipation of the coming spring flower blooms. I paused for a second and did the quick math on the approx. number of 'flower blooms' I have left to see... Sobering, but also made me appreciate this coming one more.


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