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Tomorrow is my 25th birthday 🎂 That's right, I'm officially in my mid-twenties, quarter-life crisis here I come.
You know how GaryVee likes to say "Wake up when you're 30, you got all the time in the world" But when I started to crunch the numbers, I found out that he was wrong, very wrong.
Life is short. Let me explain 👇
The Number 🔢
- If you convert time into discrete quantities, you'll start to get a clearer picture of how little time we have
- If you went to the club twice this year with your friends and let's assume everyone wants to settle down by the time they reach 30, you only get to experience it 10 more times. 10 is nothing
- If you don't live in the same city as your parents, the math is kinda same for them. If you visited them 3 times this year and let's assume they have another 20 years, you'll only get to see them 60 more times
- The truth is we have already spent 90% of the time we will ever spend with our friends and family
I did the math myself with other things and being realistic as an adult with a day job:
"How many more house parties"
"How many more road trips"
"How many more late-night mamak sessions"
The numbers are all stupidly low. 5, 10, 50. Nothing. And those numbers are assuming everyone will be in the same country and didn't consider black swan events like covid.
Previous thought: "My friend is in town, maybe we can grab a drink if our schedule matches, if not, no biggie, next time" 🙂
Current thought: "Tonight is one your last 20 times you can see your best friend in your life" 😥
Ok, so now that you know the number, can you do something about it?
- It depends, often time, you can't
- But if you can change it and you want to then you should
- If you can't change it then you have to savour it and make it count
Now you know that life is short, you can start filling in "Life is too short for x" For example, traffic jams, unnecessary meetings, pointless disputes, lousy companies etc...
Life is too short for things that don't matter. We should seek out things that matter and the things that matter aren't necessarily what people would call "important" like having coffee with friends because you won't feel like that was a waste of time afterwards.