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:
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 🙂