How Much Time Do You Actually Have?

If we’re being technical, only 4 years…

Often we look at life as if we have all the time in the world. I mean I’m young, I have plenty of time. Time to live my life, time to relax, why should I push myself? Why should I be concerned about the time I have to make a difference in this world at my age?

 We certainly aren’t guaranteed any amount of time on this earth. No one knows when their last breath will be. While that may sound morbid, its a simple fact. 

Going forward we’re just going to pretend that you’re going to live to 79 (the average lifespan), 33 of those years would be spent sleeping, or at least fighting insomnia. 7 whole years of your life is spent just trying to sleep. That means 40% of your life is spent in bed. Work takes up a good portion of our life as well, on average we spend 13 years and 2 months at work, building a career and supporting ourselves.

On average, you’re going to spend 69 minutes of each day eating, which means you’re going to chew 5 years of your life away. With the up rise of technology and the obsession with our phones, we spend 11 and a half years with screen time, whether that be your phone, the TV, or laptop. Three of those years are spent on social media.On average, eight and a half years are spent watching TV. I don’t know if that hits you hard or not. We have a limited time on this earth, and we’re spending eight of our precious years, watching someone else’s life instead of living our own lives. 

Assuming you start driving at age 17, you’re going to spend 5 years of your life driving. The average Joe will drive around 789,000 miles in his lifetime, or to the moon three times. 

After factoring in holidays, exercising, and miscellaneous extras, (Things we do everyday without thinking of them…you’ll probably spend 115 days laughing) You’re left with four years to actually enjoy your life. You’re left with four years to build a family, to run races, to invest in hobbies, etc.

William Penn once said “Time is what we want most, but what we use worst.”

What are you spending your time on? Are you spending your time in a way that you’ll be able to look back without regrets? Are you committing to prioritizing tasks so that they clearly align with your goals and are pushing you forward to where you want to be? Make every hour count. 


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