You’re Going to Die, And That’s Great News

Right this second, I’ve estimated I’ve got about 2,876 weeks left in my lifetime.

(Take the average life span of an American male, minus the health consequences of smoking for 9 years, blah blah blah.)

The number is 2,876. Whether I’m right or wrong, that’s the number I’m looking at.

I have 2,876 weeks left to make impact.

I have 2,876 weeks left to do something meaningful.

I have 2,876 weeks left to live.

I update this number in my journal everytime I write.

Why?

I don’t want to negotiate with regret when I’m on my deathbed, looking back at the journey I took. I don’t want to second guess myself, wish I’d taken more chances, or say “if only.”

I want to look the end of my life straight in the face and say: “I spent my energy wisely. I did everything I could. I left nothing on the field. I’m spent. I made the world a measurably better place. I know I did because I can see the evidence in front of me.”

Don’t we all want this?

Then why isn’t anyone training for it??

This is called being deliberate. I know I’m afraid of death. So the only way to alleviate my fear is to stare down death every day until it’s as common as a sneeze.

2 Minute Action:

  1. Google your average life expectancy.
  2. Subtract your current age.
  3. Subtract any additional health predispositions.

Write this number down every day/week/month.

Look at it. Don’t back down. It’s one critical key to avoiding regret and living the life you actually want to live.

Funny, how death can really jolt the life into us . . .

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