Reflecting on dying is a work for few – it is frightening to know we have a limited time on Earth, and that we have absolutely no idea of how much time we have left. There are so many variables in the “death time” idea that our human mind can’t actually get to a reasonable guess number. The closest we can get is a biased and fearful intuition.
As we usually measure ourselves in comparison to probability and statistics, let’s frivolously guess we will live the number of years equivalent to the result of the following equation: the sum of the dying ages of some people whose life conditions were similar to ours, divided by the number of those some people.
Exactly how much time do you have? I have 48 years, or about 17,531 days. Seventeen thousand five hundred and thirty one days. That doesn’t seem a lot at all.
Thinking about time as a limited resource may make us deal with it as we deal (or should deal) with money: consciously. Similar to analyzing if some object or service is worth x dollars, we should think if whatever we are spending our time on has value to us – if it is worth some of the limited and scarce time we have.
Time and money have fundamental differences – you can’t store time, and you never know how much there is left. Not a reason to freak out, though – just acknowledge and live with the fact that you can’t have total control of your time as you can’t with your money. You will unavoidably end up spending some of it on unwanted events.
As with money, you should definitely invest time – not on having more of itself , but on having a better life.
What should humans invest time on? Please comment!
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