How Old Are You?
People celebrate birthdays and new year days. They eagerly wait for annual events
like festivals and anniversaries. A twenty year old believes that he or she is special
and can make a difference to the world. Youngsters usually tend to stereotype older
people and consider them outdated or irrelevant. In many countries seniority and
experience do not get due importance. There is even a fallacy that older people
are difficult to control, are less motivated, and do not learn quickly. If you live
in India, by the time you reach your mid 30s you will be used to being addressed
as an uncle or auntie, even by those who may be just a few years younger or older
than you. If you are in your fifties or sixties, you will most likely feel a growing
alienation between you and the world around you. That feeling keeps increasing as
you age further.
Perceptions matter. If you change your perceptions, your thinking and outlook will
also change. For example, measuring our lives in years somehow blinds us to the
reality of how precious our lives and time are. Instead, think for a while your
life in terms of days, and see how you will have a different perspective.
For example, do you know the difference in age in terms of days between a 20 year
old person and a 30 year old person? It is about 3,650 days. Double it, and you
get the difference in age between a 20 year old person and a 40 year old person.
Think, how 7,000 or so days make so much difference in a person's thinking and feeling
towards others. At the age of 20 you feel young and energetic. By 40, you might
have seen it all and know where you stand. Is it also not strange that in that same
time, the world also begins to think about you differently and treat you differently?
In just 7000 days, life changes for you forever. In another 7000 days, you will
be at 60 and thinking of your retirement. None of your friends probably know how
you were at 20.
Thinking of your age in days, changes your perspective and makes you value your
life. Do another math. Consider that your expected lifespan is about 90 years. Multiply
that with 365. You will get 32,850 days. It is your expected lifespan in days. Deduct
from it the number of years you have already spent. Say for example, if your age
is 30, deduct 10,950 days (30 X 365) from it. The balance 21,900 will be your remaining
life in days. That is all you got to spend. Whether you are rich or poor, failure
or a success, it is all you get at that age, which will keep decreasing by day but
will never increase. At the most, if you are lucky, you may get a bonus of another
4000 days by longivity. How should you spend that time? The following table shows
how many days are left in the life of a person at different age levels, assuming
that the life span is 90 years.
||Remainig Age At Diff. Lifespans
|Current Age, Yrs
||Current Age, Days
||At 90 yr
Thinking about your life in terms of days adds perspective. It makes you look at
your life differently and spend your days wisely. Imagine that you are left with
just 5000 days to live, that is roughly about 13-14 years. What should you do? Should
you still worry about that extra million dollars you were hoping to make from a
business deal or review your life and do something that makes your life worth living
or more pleasant? Each day counts. It is what one should learn at an early age.
30,000 days will just come and go and life rolls by. They say that submarine probes
from the earth will land on Titan and IO, the moons of Saturn and Jupiter, sometime in 2040's. How many
of us would be alive until then? Many people who are alive today will miss that
landing and all the excitement. Each day is precious. Many people learn this lesson
very late in their lives. The days that are gone are gone forever. It is therefore
time you review your priorities and think about your life differently.
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