Yes, we’re all eventually going to clock out permanently. However, the problem is that many people actually do assume that life is short. So, they have this tendency to drag their feet on beginning anything meaningful. I only have an hour or two of free time after work, so why bother starting anything now. Or, I’m already in my 30s, 40s, 50s … I don’t have time to start a new career.
Says who? And based on what?
The fact is, most of us are actually going to live until somewhere around the age of 80. That’s what the data says, anyway. Besides, how many members of the 27 Club do you actually know? I could probably count on one hand the number of people I know who have died before the age of 50 or 60. This isn’t to say that it doesn’t happen but, ultimately, we were born to be old.
Don’t believe me? Consider this … if the average life expectancy of a US citizen was 80 (and it is, give or take a year or two), then we spend roughly 65% of our lives as “old” people (i.e. over the age of 30). On top of that, during those first 29 years, we only have eight years in which to participate in all adult-related activities. That’s only 10% of a lifetime, which is no time at all.
Oh, you’re still hung up on me saying that 30 is old? I know it’s not old. But everyone 29 and younger believes it is, and you’ll never convince them otherwise. Besides, you can’t tell me that you didn’t share the same sentiment when you were that age because we all did.
But that’s my point. The belief that 30, 40, or 50 is old and that we no longer have time to make major life changes is nonsense and based on perception, not reality.
That’s your business. However, I’m not talking about spending the next 20+ years of your life participating in filler activities. I’m not talking about bucket lists.
What I recommend is that you dig deeper. There’s something inside you that no one else has.
What is it?
And, how can you express it in a way that it inspires other people to embrace their own passions, creativity and, otherwise, lead a fulfilling life.
We can never know when our time on earth will come to a close, but that doesn’t mean we should only be living for the short-term. So, again, why not just go ahead and assume that you’ve got another 20, 30, or 40+ years left and get started on your magnum opus today?
The only article I wrote for Tahoe Trail Guide last month. Not surprisingly, it’s about finding wildflowers at Lake Tahoe 🙂
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Thanks for being a part of my life. Until next time…
Tahoe Trail Guide is an online magazine for sharing my knowledge about hiking, backpacking, cross-country skiing, and snowshoeing, as well as information about traveling to (and through) the Lake Tahoe region. I refine that information for a younger audience and produce it in a printed format under the title Wilderness Activity Books. Lastly, Tahoe Swag is a collection of art and design products I create based on my love of the outdoors and appreciation for Lake Tahoe.
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