Imagine yourself in Greece, sitting at the top of a cliff, overlooking the Aegean Sea. As the sun slowly sets you look up at the massive columns built by the Athenians, to honor Poseidon, the God of the Sea. The ancient structure sits in contrast with the glowing oranges and reds in the sky, and in that moment you feel the polarity of being both inspired yet humbled. I think most of us can appreciate that feeling and wouldn’t mind experiencing it for ourselves. Even if it’s not traveling to ancient Greece, most of us still have a bucket list of the places that we want to travel to someday.
With so many things in the world to go see and so many things to do, the big question is why do so few of us actually do them? What is it that stops us? We all have good reasons. Sometimes it’s responsibilities, sometimes it’s money, and sometimes it’s just a good old fashion lack of time. We’re busy with day to day “life” and feel forced to put off the things that we really want to do, telling ourselves that we’ll get to it later.
So here’s the age-old question: What would you do if you found out that you were running out of time? Would you still feel and act the same way if you knew that only had a week to live? Of course not! Hopefully you would live your remaining days to their fullest. You see, time, or the lack of, is the root of either procrastination or motivation. We all feel motivated when we know that we’ve run out of time and we’re all tempted to procrastinate when we have an abundance of time.
We’ve all heard sayings like “Life is too short” but it’s difficult to fully embrace the power and truth of that statement. When we’re young we know that someday we’ll get old and die, but it feels so far in the future that we hardly give it a second thought let alone worry about it. We feel that we have decades ahead of us, leaving plenty of time to fulfill our dreams and reach all of our goals.
What if I told you that you didn’t have all the time in the world, and that you really were dying? Well, here’s the deal….if you’re over 25 years old then there’s a really good chance that’s the truth. You see, from birth to about eighteen years old the number of new cells in our body outnumber the number of dying cells. This is considered our “growth” phase. After eighteen until about twenty-five we reach a short plateau where the number of new cells in our body roughly equal the number of dying cells. Once we pass the age of 25 the table turns and the number of dying cells start to outnumber the newly formed cells. This is when the clock starts to tick. As the saying goes, “like the sands of the hourglass, so are the days of our lives.”
Now I’m not trying to be morbid or make you feel depressed, so what is the moral of this story? Well, it’s simple: If you can embrace the fact that our time in this world is finite, hopefully you will feel a sense of urgency, and therefore motivation, to get out there and do all the things that you want to do in life! You don’t have time to waste, so there’s no time like the present to get out there and do awesome shit!
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