Tuesday 21 May 2013

15000 days - guest post by John Shackleton

My friend and colleague emailed me the following in response to yesterday's post Do your milestones really matter?

15,000 days

It’s my birthday this week and on Thursday I’ll enter my last year when my age will start with a 5! That means that if I live to be 100 (which is getting quite common these days) I only have about 15,000 days left to live. 

That’s only 15,000 more of those ‘first cup of tea of the day’ experiences, only 15,000 more chances to kiss my wife goodnight and tell her I love her and only 15,000 days in which I can give everything that I am to everyone that I meet.

Obviously I can’t guarantee that I’ve even got 1 more day left but 15,000 is probably around the most I can expect and that doesn’t seem like a lot to me. I’ve got a maximum of 15,000 more chances to give my best and make this world a better place. 

Nobody knows how many days they have left but if you only had 1 day left to live what would you do with it? Where would you go and who would you see? What would you say to the people you love? How would you spend your last day on earth?

Knowing that nothing is guaranteed to any of us - the real question is: Why aren’t you doing those things today?

Be the difference you want to see in the world.

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