The other night my good friend Macy Miller from Minimotives.com posted a quote that really made me stop and think real hard. Here it is…
What you do today is important because you are exchanging a day of your life for it.
The quote struck me hard because on that day, while I did get some stuff done for this website, I was largely not doing anything productive or intersting. Now there are times where not doing anything is exactly what you need, so in its essence, it has value because it is restorative or therapeutic. However this day was not one of those days. I read this quote and felt that today was a day not used well.
So I took some time and thought on this concept.
- What is valuable enough in my life that I would exchange a part of my life for it?
- Who are the people that are valuable enough in my life to spend it with?
- If something isn’t worth this gift of a day, then what should instead replace it with?
Think about this for a moment. Really think about it.
To get an idea of how much we don’t consider this factor in our lives, consider this. Assuming a person was to live to the age of 80 (national average life expectancy is 78.6 in the USA), the average American spends:
- 10 years at work
- 13 years watching TV
- 2.7 years commuting
- 2.5 year shopping
- Total: 28.2 years
When you consider this question: what is valuable enough to give a day of your life? Then consider the fact that we spend a large part of our life doing these things listed. Is it worth it?
Now we obviously need to balance some of these things with reality. To some degree we need to work to support ourselves, but if we were in a Tiny House, then how much could we cut down or do that job that we always wanted to, but it didn’t pay enough. We need to eat, so some shopping is inevitable.
The time we spend watching TV is what really got me. I don’t have cable, but I do like to watch some shows online through streaming. My gut reaction was to stop watching some of the shows, but I think there too, there are some shows that are compelling and creative enough that in moderation, they can be beneficial for your imagination, relaxation time etc.
So today ask yourself what is worth giving a part of your life for, you might be surprised how your priorities change or reaffirm.