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The long and short of it...

Life is a mysterious journey, filled with countless possibilities and infinite ways to perceive the world around us. One fascinating aspect of human existence is how our perception of time shapes our perspectives and influences our choices. Imagine two individuals: one who believes they have a limited amount of time left to live, and another who envisions decades ahead of them. While both views are valid and offer unique insights, they profoundly impact how we engage with the world and the choices we make each day.

How I started this blog was in fact a conversation that unfolded two Sundays ago.

While enjoying a beautiful cup of coffee with a friend, this actual dialogue unraveled.

It's something that has been spinning in my thoughts lately more so. Maybe my age, life experiences or could be brought on by writing out my monthly goals. Sprinkle in the fact that once you have lived with a parent who did not see her 40th birthday, you tend to have a different world view which evolves throughout your life. Perhaps others my feel the same way. If I took the average of age of my parents that they lived to...well...its one way to think about things.

When confronted with the realization that our time on Earth is limited, a remarkable shift occurs in our perspective. Suddenly, the trivialities and distractions lose their significance, making way for a heightened awareness of the present moment. Every experience becomes more profound, and each interaction gains a newfound importance. This sense of urgency can inspire a deep appreciation for life, leading us to cherish relationships, pursue our passions, and seek fulfillment in meaningful endeavors. Squeezing out every ounce of zest from life so to speak.

Knowing that time is fleeting, those who perceive their lives as time-constrained often prioritize experiences over material possessions perhaps. They focus on creating lasting memories, exploring new horizons, and forging connections that transcend the boundaries of time. They may embrace a "carpe diem" mentality, actively seeking out experiences, and pushing themselves outside their comfort zones. For them, time becomes a catalyst for self-reflection and a motivator to live authentically, leaving a lasting impact on the world.

On the other hand, perceiving life as having an abundance of time can instill a sense of security and long-term planning. The luxury of thinking there are years ahead encourages individuals to set goals, pursue education, and invest in their future. They may be inclined to take a slower pace and approach, savoring the journey rather than rushing through life's milestones. This perspective allows for a more measured and strategic approach to decision-making.

With a longer time horizon, individuals may be motivated to build a solid foundation in various aspects of life, such as relationships, career, and personal development. They have the opportunity to explore different paths, experiment with ideas, and learn from their mistakes without the pressure of immediate results. This outlook can foster patience, resilience, and a willingness to delay gratification in pursuit of long-term success.

While these two perspectives may seem polar opposite at first glance, they are not mutually exclusive. In fact, they can complement each other, leading to a more balanced approach to life. The awareness of limited time can instill a sense of urgency, prompting individuals to take action and make the most of each day. Simultaneously, the belief in an abundance of time can foster patience, allowing individuals to set ambitious goals and work steadily towards them.

Engaging in this conversation between these viewpoints was enlightening and thought-provoking. It definitely was for me.Those with limited time can offer a valuable perspective on seizing the moment and finding fulfillment in the present. They can inspire others to let go of trivial concerns and embrace what truly matters.

Conversely, those who envision a longer future can provide insight into the significance of long-term planning and perseverance, guiding others to make informed decisions and navigate life's challenges with grace. As well they may need to think more about what it looks like at 80 years plus, where would they live, who takes care of them and what does their health look like?

If historically your bloodline lives longer, there is the additional the role of taking care of others whether they are adult children or aging parents, something that can weigh heavy on one's mind.

These distinct perspectives manifest in everyday life through our choices and actions. Individuals with limited time may prioritize experiences that bring them joy, surround themselves with loved ones, and seek to make a positive impact on the world. They may embrace spontaneity, saying "yes" to opportunities, and living with a sense of purpose. Meanwhile, those who perceive an abundance of time may dedicate themselves to personal growth, invest in education and skill-building, and focus on long-term relationships and goals.

Ultimately, the key lies in understanding.

These conversations allow for us to lean in and to listen. Just because both my parents are gone that doesn't mean I can not appreciate other person caring for their aging parents, in fact there is a deep affection and admiration as I never had the opportunity.

From the other side, holding space for those who had to experienced the death of parents earlier in life and appreciating their own unique journey.

So, I invite you to reflect on your own thoughts. This blog may have just inspired a conversation.

Continue to breathe...


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