Most people, if not everyone, want to live healthy. In terms of HOW to be healthy, I believe 3E (Eat, Exercise and Energize well) is the key as mentioned in the previous post.
But this, time I would like to talk about WHAT we can do with a healthy life.
I am in my thirties, and let’s assume I can stay healthy for 60 more years (till 90s), then I could do many things! But is that really true?
After a little bit of searching, I found out a very interesting article which is exactly what I was looking for.
This article from “Wait But Why” makes simple figures to show how many years, months and weeks there are within 90 years. Then he goes on to personalize his activities he can do till 90 years old into these figures (e.g. 60 more winters, 15 more US presidents, 700 more pizza).
I thought these were very helpful to think about how many times I could do my habits in my life.
Especially, I liked the weekly ones (52 weeks per year), since I do many weekly activities such as blogging, drawing, exercise, shopping, etc.
So I did this exercise to see how many times I can do certain things within 60 years.
On average, I read one book per week, so that means I will read:
52 (weeks per 1 year) × 60 (years ) = 3,120 books.
Wow, I thought it was pretty large amount. Then I googled how many books are out there in the world, which was quite a surprise: as of 2010, there were almost 130 million books (129,864,880) in the world (and it was 6 years ago!). So it seems I will have read a very tiny piece of books, which made me realize the importance of what books to choose, not to mention finishing them.
I try to swim at least once a week, but I don’t know if I can swim regularly after my 60s or even if I can find swimming pools, which will make at most:
52 (weeks per 1 year) × 30 (years ) = 1560 times of swimming
Well, it’s soso (I don’t know if it’s many or few)
3. Spending time with parents
Since I left Japan, I try to go back to Japan as many times as possible. But still, on average, I spend time with my parents for only 1 week per year. And my parents are in their late-sixties now. Therefore, no matter how optimistic I become, they will live at longest for 50 more years or so (the Guinness record is 122 years 164 days). So that means I have only:
7 (days per year) × 50 (years) = 350 days with them
Well, from my birth, I had spent almost every day with my parents for more than 20 years. But now, just there are only 350 days left to spend time with (less than 1 year-long), which is much less than what I expected.
In addition to the limitness, these calculations were made under the assumption that I will stay healthy until I turn in my 90s. So the chances are that I might not even be able to achieve these mentioned above. You have to appreciate.
What about your actions you keep doing until your 90s? For me, it was quite a good exercise, I recommend to do something like this.
Let me close this with my favorite 2 quotes, both from Steve Jobs, in relation to this topic:
“Remembering that you are going to die is the best way I know to avoid the trap of thinking you have something to lose. You are already naked. There is no reason not to follow your heart.”
“Your time is limited, so don’t waste it living someone else’s life.”
― Steve Jobs
This time, I learned that:
No matter how much you stay healthy, your time and action are limited, and knowing how many times you can do your favorite activities within your life helps you to appreciate the value of what you have and can.