let’s go anywhere

How long is your ideal day? 24 hours? 18 hours? 36 hours?  Or, perhaps more to the point, how much time do you need to accomplish your daily activities?  And when you think about your daily activities as leading to your greater goals, how much time do you need to accomplish your dreams?

We need time for action and time for reflection, and, somewhere in between, we need time to simply sit and sway and enjoy the day.  I came across the following graphic by National Geographic, and, well, you can see why time is on my mind:

The good news is that we get to eat 30 tons of food (make it chocolate chip cookies, please), drink 9000 cups of coffee (do they know I have 2 cups a day?), and laugh 18 times every 24 hours (surely it’s more than that? Everything seems to make me laugh…).

Even if we adjust for personal preferences (I probably spend 19 days trying to find a book page rather than a remote), the numbers probably add up right (if not, why did someone spend so much time creating this? And to be promoted as a National Geographic study? You gotta give it some credit), and that means we have 20% of our life to live.

I went ahead and did a little more research to show you just how much time that actually is:Image
If you’re American, that means you have 15.64 years to do whatever is most important to you.  15.64– the number seems so low!  All I can say is we should all be busy loving and living and exploring and adventuring and taking in the sunshine.

Oh, and on the topic of goals — go for them.  Think it will take too much time? No matter, the time will pass anyway.  As long as you make time for all the loving and exploring and adventuring, go for it — life’s too short not to 🙂

“And every day, the world will drag you by the hand, yelling, “This is important! And this is important! And this is important! You need to worry about this! And this! And this!” And each day, it’s up to you to yank your hand back, put it on your heart and say, “No. This is what’s important.” – Ian S. Thomas, I Wrote This For You

15 thoughts on “let’s go anywhere

  1. I added one laugh to my quota for the day as I imagined everyone walking around with 950 km of hair 🙂 These facts are both sobering, yet motivating. Fifteen years surely does seem like a very short amount of time. And the idea goes hand in hand with my recent thoughts. Less think, more do. I need to constantly remind myself to differentiate between what is urgent and what is important. And always strive to focus on the latter. Wonderful post as always 😉

  2. Great message! Loved it. I only have 4 hours in my day to do what I want during the weekdays, so it’s spent cooking or working out or my favorite, writing for my blog and reading others blogs. Still I wish I had more time to just get lost in a fiction book, get around to those DIY projects that I’ve been meaning to do around the house, or catching up on tv episodes. I’m still on last season of Downton Abbey ugh and someone already revealed the spoiler on me 😦


  3. I can’t even with this post–it is too awesome on all levels! 15.64. Goodness me, that puts things in perspective. And the quote at the end was kind of exactly what I needed to hear. I love to hustle but sometimes I have to remember what is important to me and silence all the rest.

  4. OHMYGOODNESS! I feel like this post is fate; this is exactly what I needed to read right now. I love that National Geogrphic…infograph? photo? thingamajig. It’s great to put life in perspective like that. LET’S GO DO THINGS!
    -Kaitlyn 🙂

  5. Yes!! Go for your goals in the little time you do have–don’t waste them on stuff that doesn’t add anything to your own life or that of others, that’s my view! The time passes all too quickly.
    And for the record, I estimate that my total consumption of coffee for my lifetime will be 2 cups. I’ve already drank one, that gives me the rest of my life to try it a second time. 😛

  6. It really is so depressing that we don’t have more time to do what we want. It’s so important to focus on doing what we want to do in every spare minute we have!

  7. I had no idea that Australians were so high up on the list of life expectancy! Wow. I guess we do have good weather and plenty of fresh food… plus we’re just a stubborn bunch. Thanks for sharing this post with us Jen. I think we all need reminding that ‘life is short’ and we need to take advantage of each moment and blessing (and friends/family… 2 by 40? What?!). Sending you hugs and best wishes for this year. Let’s carpe diem it up, baby! xx

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