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What will you do with the time you have left on this earth?

Updated on July 5, 2016
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Student of life, lifelong learner, mother, writer, artist, poet, dancer, musician, and martial artist ... passionate about all of these.

Stop living your life like you have a thousand years to live!!

“Do not act as if you were going to live ten thousand years. Death hangs over you. While you live, while it is in your power, be good.”
Marcus Aurelius

If we live to be 70 years old, we get roughly 613,200 hours to live. That’s 365 days, times 70 years, times 24 hours. This is the time we have to enjoy, to love, to weep, to learn and to cry. The quest for ‘the good life’ for the meaning, for fulfillment, and purpose must fit into this average number of hours. But we spend a lot of our time doing other things, things we have little choice in, and so don’t pay much attention to. But if we start to look at these things we spend so much of our time on we might think again about our priorities and even more about sex. It’s a long story. Here is a list of the top 10 things we spend our lifetime doing.

Fun Facts on How You Really Spend Your Time!

“If a man does not keep pace with his companions, perhaps it is because he hears a different drummer. Let him step to the music which he hears, however measured or far away.” ~Henry David Thoreau

So many of us push ourselves to do things we don’t find appealing because we think we should. Sometimes we need to do things we don’t enjoy if they’re part of a larger process we’re committed to, and I understand that but, when it comes to the big decisions about where we’re going professionally, or how we spend our time, we owe it to ourselves to recognize what we genuinely don’t want to be doing or what we would really prefer doing.

Before I get into the deep discussion about the rest of our life, here are some fun facts on how we really spend our time.

This is how much you sleep!

How much time you spend sleeping!
How much time you spend sleeping!

You spend close to 25 years of your life sleeping.

Fun Fact #1. By the time your life is over, you will have spent close to 25 YEARS SLEEPING!

How much time do you spend working?

How much time do you spend working?

Fun Fact #2. Considering that the average American works 40 hours a week from ages 20-65, when all is said and done you will have contributed 10.3 years of your life to work.

How much time do you spend in front of social media?

How much time do you spend in front of Social Media?

Fun fact #3. It is estimated that we spend 11 hours a day in front of some form of electronic device or social media. Yikes!

Time spent sitting in traffic

You spend 3 months of your life in traffic, about 38 hours a year.

Fun Fact #4.

You spend 3 months of your life in traffic, about 38 hours a year.

You will have walked a total of 110,000 miles by the time you die.

You will walk a total of 110,000 miles.

Fun Fact #5.

You will walk a total of 110,000 miles by the time your life ends on earth.

That’s equivalent to 4 times around the world.

You will have driven a car for 4.3 years.

You will have driven a car for 4.3 years.

Fun Fact #6.

You will have driven a car for 4.3 years.

In that time, you'll cover enough distance to go to the moon and back 3 times.

You spend 1.5 years in the bathroom.

You will spend 1.5 years in the bathroom.

Fun fact #7

You will spend 1.5 years in the bathroom.

The average person goes 6 times a day.

You will fart 402,000 times in your lifetime

You will fart 402,000 times in your lifetime.

Fun fact #8

You will fart 402,000 times in your lifetime.

That's about 14 times per day.

You have between 4 and 6 dreams a night for a total of 2,000 a year.

You have between 4 and 6 dreams a night for a total of 2,000 a year.

Fun fact #9

You have between 4 and 6 dreams a night for a total of 2,000 a year.

We forget 80% of them.

You spend 3.66 years eating, about 67 minutes a day.

You spend 3.66 years eating, about 67 minutes a day.

Fun fact #10: You spend 3.66 years eating, about 67 minutes a day.

The total amount of food you consume in a lifetime is close to 35 tons.

You spend 48 days having sex.

Adult fun fact: You spend 48 days having sex.

You spend 48 days having sex.

A recent survey found that during the average sex session, foreplay lasts 7 minutes and intercourse 12 minutes.

Women spend 17 years of their lives trying to lose weight.

Adult fun fact: Women spend 17 years of their lives trying to lose weight.

Women spend 17 years of their lives trying to lose weight.

This means being on one form of diet or another.

What are the important things in your life?

What are the most important things in your life?

Be yourself, not your idea of what you think somebody else's idea of yourself should be.

Henry David Thoreau wrote that most men live lives of quiet desperation and go to the grave with the song still in them. I think the same is true of dreams.

So....What are the most important things in your life?

Think about that for a moment and then start reading. Your life might never be the same…

We all move through life...maybe at different speeds, but we do.

Some prefer to do as little as possible, others live at full speed.

What all of us have in common though, is that we spend our time doing something. Have you ever thought about how you spend your time and why you spend your time on those things?

Ask yourself these two fundamental questions:

  • What are the 3 things you spend most of your time on?
  • What are the main reasons why you spend your time in this way?

Most of us have dreams, and so many dreams die inside of us for so many reasons. One is that people give up on them, and succumb to the pressures, struggles and disappointments of life. In our culture, there are so many people warning us about life, and our religion is salesmanship and mostly, we are encouraged to be fearful and buy things. But you can go a long way without someone encouraging you to go confidently, and bravely, in the direction of your dreams. You may have to go back to Thoreau. Mostly, we are told our dreams are impractical, too expensive, or dangerous. Our real work, we are told, is making money, being selfish and wasteful, and trying to live a long time.

In recent years, people have encouraged me, and I have learned to encourage myself. I will not die with the song still inside me, nor my dreams.

Live a great life!

“Living a great life means interacting with the world in a way that gives us meaning and positive emotions without causing harm.”

  • Invest in your relationships
  • Invest in your health
  • Live out your purpose, value and dreams
  • Live your purpose

Don't give up on your dreams!

Don't Give Up On Your Dreams!

Ask yourself the following questions:

  • Do you know what you want in life and if yes, what do you want?
  • Do you sometimes feel you don’t have time to do what you really want to?
  • Do you sometimes do things not because you want to but because of others’ expectations or to fit in?
  • Have you ever gone through a mid-life crisis or know someone who has?
  • Have you ever continued a relationship with someone even though it wasn’t good for you?
  • Have you ever spent lots of time working, exercising, or doing something else that you later realised wasn’t all that important?

Give your dream everything you've got!

I am admittedly one of those painfully hopeful people who believes that you should never give up on something that you really want. I think that far too many people go to the grave with regrets from not pursuing their dreams. It’s not that I believe that pursuing dreams will guarantee that they will come to fruition; I don’t. I simply believe that that giving your dream everything you’ve got is the only way to truly live with yourself

Are you living your dream?

Are you living your dream?

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How would you really enjoy spending your time if money was no option??

Stop settling!

Look around you and look inside you. How many people do you think are settling? I will tell you: a hell of a lot of people. People are settling every day into okay relationships and okay jobs and an okay life. And do you know why? Because okay is comfortable. Okay pays the bills and gives a warm bed at night and allows one to go out with co-workers on a Friday evening to enjoy happy hour. But do you know what okay is not? Okay isn’t thrilling, it isn’t passion, it isn’t the reason you get up every day; it isn’t life-changing or unforgettable. Okay is not the reason you go to bed late and wake up early. Okay is not the reason you risk absolutely everything you’ve got just for the smallest chance that something absolutely amazing could happen.

How you spend your days is how you spend your life!

Why you should go after your dreams!

Here are 10 compelling reasons why you should go after your dreams -- it's never too late.

1. The time will pass anyway.

Have you ever thought there's no point launching a business, pursuing a project or studying for a new qualification because it will take four years before you've made it, or you'll be such-and-such age by the time you finish?

These five words may change your perspective: The time will pass anyway.

Four years are going to pass. You are going to turn such-and-such age. And either you'll have a rewarding business, flourishing project and life that you love by then -- or you won't.

2. It feels so much better to be at the bottom of the right ladder than the top of the wrong ladder.

There is a huge sense of satisfaction which comes from following your dreams, even if you haven't reached them yet.

3. Every day is filled with infinite possibilities.

So much can happen in a day. You could meet the right person, stumble across the right opportunity, come up with an exciting idea, perfect a pitch, move jobs, move houses, move countries. Don't underestimate the power of a single day.

4. Continuing on the wrong path in life is throwing good money after bad.

Life is a precious gift. Every day you have an incredible opportunity to live fully, feel joy and satisfaction, laugh, give, share and pour energy into the things that make your heart sing.

If you continue living the wrong life (wrong job, wrong relationship, wrong lifestyle, wrong friendship group) because you've invested so much time or effort into it already, you're throwing away precious new days after bad ones.

5. Your life is not limited by your present circumstances -- only your beliefs, which can be changed.

Don't judge your future prospects and dreams based on your current situation.

Where you find yourself now is a product of your dominant thoughts and beliefs a year ago. If you change your thoughts and start opening your mind to the possibilities for your life, everything will start to change in amazing and beautiful ways.

6. You have a unique gift to give to the world.

You are a once-in-humankind combination of passions, natural aptitudes and quirks. There will never again be anyone like you. Your primary purpose is to be authentically you in every way possible. Playing small does not serve the world.

By working, dating, eating, living, creating, indulging and traveling in ways that feel right to you, you are living in alignment with your soul. And when you live in alignment with your soul, you come alive, and the whole world benefits!

7. You can't suffocate your true desires.

You can sense when you're not living in alignment with your soul. Even when nothing is obviously wrong, you get an alarming sense that nothing feels right, either, and the years are slipping by.

This feeling will only continue to grow if you don't pay attention to what it is trying to tell you.

8. A key aspect of happiness is having meaning and purpose.

While happiness is a choice and is something you can (and should) learn to tap into at all stages in your life, going after your dreams adds a whole new element of fulfillment and satisfaction to your days.

9. You will build a deeper relationship with yourself.

There will be soul searching, late nights, hard yards, doubts and fluctuating emotions, but you will learn so much about yourself in the process, and that alone will be worth it.

10. You will regret it if you don't.

When a palliative nurse with over 15 years experience surveyed her dying patients on their top life regret, the number one regret was: "I wish I'd had the courage to live a life true to myself, and not the life others expected of me."

Rise above the pressure to follow the status quo and the expectations of well-meaning family and friends, and create a beautiful life that's true to yourself.

What will you do with the time you have left? Check out this video: Your life, in jellybeans!

The most motivating 8 minutes of your life!

Do not live the same year 75 times and call it a life!

"There is no shortage of good days. It is good lives that are hard to come by. A life of good days lived in the senses is not enough. The life of sensation is the life of greed; it requires more and more. The life of the spirit requires less and less; time is ample and its passage sweet. Who would call a day spent reading a good day? But a life spent reading — that is a good life. A day that closely resembles every other day of the past ten or twenty years does not suggest itself as a good one." Annie Dillard

Stop driving with your emergency brakes on!

© 2015 Gina Welds Hulse


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    • Glenn Stok profile image

      Glenn Stok 

      3 years ago from Long Island, NY

      It's interesting how much time we spend doing all the things you mentioned. There are many things that I didn't even give any thought to, but that which you now brought to my attention.

      In addition, you made me realize how important it is to consider what we're doing and if it meets with our purpose, our values and our dreams.

    • Gina Welds-Hulse profile imageAUTHOR

      Gina Welds Hulse 

      4 years ago from Rockledge, Florida

      That's the sad truth. Sometimes it takes something life changing like diagnosis with illness to realize how precious our one life is.

    • Lipnancy profile image

      Nancy Yager 

      4 years ago from Hamburg, New York

      That is the thing, most of us spend all our time doing something we hate for a paycheck. But the life lesson is when you do what you love the money just follows.

    • Haroon Shehzad profile image

      Haroon Shehzad 

      4 years ago from Punjab Pakistan

      Thought provoking article Gina Welds Hulse but we keep making same mistakes instead of learning lessons . We waste our life working, eating and sleeping. We have no time to travel inside us or enjoy the beauties of nature around us


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