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Tuesday, May 26, 2015

How to spend your next 16,000 days on Earth in the best way, and why that matters a lot

How many years do you still have in front of you, full of new days, surprises, funny and bad moments, people to love and places to discover?

How many times are you going to dance? To fall in love? To eat something delicious? To learn something interesting? To take beautiful pictures? To spend time with your loved ones? To laugh? To travel? To take some rest?

That which you believe becomes your world. 
Richard Burton Matheson [1926-2013]


How many times are you going to cry? To hear something you don't want to? To make mistakes? To feel sorry? To be worried? To fail? To let someone down? To overreact? To be a jerk? To hear a bad song?

How many years, honestly. 
According to the life expectancy stats about your geographical area, your gender, way of life and the like, how many years are you going to live?  How many days are you still going to wake up and to experience being alive?

[Don't count the days. Make the days count, they say.
And they are totally right]

Forty years? This makes about 14,610 days.
Only thirty? This still makes 10,957 days. 
Do you want to live and party hard like a rock star, so maybe just twenty-five? They are still 9,131 days. 

Not that bad, if you want to make the best out of them. If you want to be brave. To take some risk. To try, at least to try, to be the person you want to be. To change. To improve yourself.
Or just to stay the beautiful and wonderful human being you are and to help people around you. To make an impact, no matter which kind of.

She wanted something to happen - something, anything: she did not know what. 
Kate Chopin [born as Katherina O'Flaherty, 1850-1904]

Do you really believe to be able to know already how your whole life is going to be? To already know everything that still has to happen? To already know every choice you will make, every kiss you are going to give, every smile, every mistake, every cup of tea is going to be part of your life?

[How many cups of tea, until the end of your life?]

How could you? 
And if you really think that you are able to do that, why don't you try to consider it part of a big, amazing positive self-fulfilling prophecy, instead of thinking that you have no choice, that everything is going to be how it was in the past, or that things are getting worse all the time?

Yesterday is history, tomorrow is a mystery. And today? Today is a gift. That’s why we call it the present.
Babatunde Olatunji [1927-2003]

What do you want to do with your life? 
What do you want to experience?
And above all, what are you doing, right now, in order to achieve that?


Time is not money. Time is life. And every single day counts.
You are free to spend each of them just worrying and complaining, or to make each of them unique, even if not always in a pleasant way. What do you prefer? Are you brave enough for that?

It takes courage to grow up and turn out to be who you really are.
E.E. Cummings [1894-1962]

C., this one is for you. Thanks for reminding me that, statistically, I still have at least about 16,400 days in front of me. And that it's up to me, how I am going to live them and what I am going to do with this precious and valuable time.

Tags: Self-fulfilling prophecy, Positive thinking, People, Quotes, Motivation, Time, Life

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