Be ruthless to the things that don’t matter.
We each will live roughly 80 years or 29,220 days including about 20 leap years. That is about 701, 280 hours. A third of which you will be sleeping.
At 42, that leaves me only about 333,120 hours left. But that is the thing, we don’t really know. We don’t have a countdown timer. That can be a depressing thought, but it does not need to be.
Take a look at your priorities, the things that matter most to you. Where do you want to be? What do you want to accomplish? How do you envision life 5 years, 10 years, even 20 years down the road? Set some milestones, some action steps, draw your path to get there. It won’t be perfect and you likely won’t follow it to the letter, but it should provide you some guide posts. If that is the life you want, at the place with the people you want to be with, then the priorities and things in life will be found along the way.
But as with any journey, it will come with choices. Daily decisions. To make it to where you want to go, you cannot stop everywhere and visit with everyone. Sometimes you have to make hard choices, sometimes you will need to be ruthless, sometimes it will be painful and demoralizing. However, the more clear your vision – the more determined – the easier those decisions will be. And the more understanding people will be, especially those that matter.
Be focused. Be ruthless. Be determined. The clock is ticking!
“How many have laid waste to your life when you weren’t aware of what you were losing, how much was wasted in pointless grief, foolish joy, greedy desire, and social amusement — how little of your own was left to you. You will realize you are dying before your time!”
— Seneca, On the Brevity of Life, 3.3b