that’s the average lifespan of an American citizen
if you’re in Japan, it’s 83
68 in India and Sierra Leone 50
印度 68 塞拉利昂 50
79 years but not all of those are free
if you sleep eight hours a day
you’ll sleep for about a third of life
which cuts that down to 53 years
If you’re like 68 percent of American students you’ll study from
Kindergarten to Grade 12 and then head to college right after
this takes 3 years worth of time from you life
and brings total down to 50
if you spend a typical 45 years of your life working full-time at 40 hours a week
this amounts to 93 thousand and six hundred hours or
Twelve Years of time which brings a toll down to 38 years if you retire at the current average age of 63
You’ll spend about 16 years of your life in retirement which might be nice
But some statistics show that sixty-eight percent of people over the age of 65
Suffer from some sort of disablement and require long term care, so that’s not exactly the freest time in your life
So that brings a total down to twenty-two years
The average American spends a little over 10 percent of the like cooking cleaning eating or doing housework
This amounts to eight years of their life and brings a total down to fourteen years
American will spend a bit over two and a half percent of the life taking care of kids or family which amounts to roughly two
years and brings the total down to Twelve years
照顾孩子和家庭 这些占用2年 总共还剩12年
I think most people will agree that those activities are fairly standard and usually considered non negotiables
They’re going to happen in our lives so that means we have twelve years worth of absolute freedom, right?
被日常活动所占用后 还有12年自由 对吧
Well if you’re a typical young adult you spend about five hours a day on your phone which amounts to
118 thousand six Hundred Twenty five hours over your lifetime or Roughly fifteen years
你每天会玩5个小时的手机 也就是118625小时 15年
So there goes all your free time or maybe you’re not like those young adults you don’t even have a phone
But if you’re like the average american you spend about two and a half hours a day watching television
amounting to fifty seven thousand nine Hundred and Thirty three hours over the average life or
Seven years that would bring your total down to five years
This is assuming. You only watch two and a half hours a day and that you start watching at the age of 15
So in reality this number is probably a lot higher in the modern day, so it’s at this point
I should ask you how do you feel?
Did it make you sad happy shock or maybe angry because how you feel about this data is you telling yourself something?
开心 震惊 还是愤怒？因为这些感受在告诉你自己一些重要的信息
Important about your own life what it didn’t say is that yes?
We’re going to spend 12 years worth of time at work, but what if it’s work that?
We love if we spend the 8 years of our life involved in cooking cleaning and eating preparing the best food and maintaining
我们还要花费8年 做饭 打扫卫生
Good hygiene. We might be a lot healthier heading into retirement and not require long-term care
So those 16 years may actually be quite free
That time spent eating are we mindlessly eating are we being?
吃饭时 我们是心不在焉 还是享受每口美食？
Present and enjoying the flavors and every bite when we’re taking care of our kids
Or family are we thinking about what happened in the past or the future are we?
我们是神游天外 思及过往 憧憬未来
Indulging in the present and making new memories are we truly enjoying the time we spend on our phones
Or are we mindlessly scrolling through an infinite loop of articles videos and information do we enjoy watching TV?
埋头手机时 我们是愉悦遨游在其中 还是麻木的点击着文章视频 扫视着信息呢？
Or is it just something to do when there’s nothing to do the exact precision of the numbers I’ve presented isn’t important
看电视时 我们是享受节目内容 还是因为没有其他事可做？
What is important is the feeling the information gave you what I’m trying to say is that life?
Even if we are truly for you for the whole 79 years is extremely short life has been around for 3.8 billion years on Earth
79年 一个人的短短一生 和38亿生命长河的长度相比
You and I are just the tiniest of tiny specks in existence whether we like it or not our clocks are
Constantly draining our most precious asset our time is
constantly being fought over and we might never come back if you’re working a job you hate that’s 12 years of your life gone if
时光一去不返 如果你厌恶现在的工作 那么你生命中的12年将白白流失
You aren’t healthy or financially prepared for retirement?
that’s another 16 years gone if
You’re in the habit of constantly checking your phone or going home and watching TV on the couch all day
And you don’t really enjoy these activities. That’s at. Least another 10 years of your life gone
So it’s time to make a decision we can do what we think we’re supposed to do or what people tell us to do
所以 是时候决定我们该做什么了 是坚持我们应当做的 还是一味听别人的
Passively, let life pass by and keep on thinking that we have a lot of time left
Constantly think about the past and worry about the future lose an hour here and an hour there and keep waiting for tomorrow
想着过去和将来 消磨时间 坐等明日
Or we can truly understand the shortness of life and start taking control of it
Start appreciating each moment for what it really is a moment. We’ll never get back and become deliberate with our actions
I’m not advocating anyone hastily quit their job or drop out of school not at all self disciplined and delayed gratification
Are great tools that can be used to maximize overall freedom and enjoyment in life the only thing
I’m advocating is to be mindful of how we spend our own time
Let’s go back to that average value of 12 years of freedom for a second that amounts to one hundred and five thousand and one
Hundred and Twenty hours
Assuming that the 10,000 hour rule is correct if you use those twelve years of free time perfectly
You could become world class in about ten different activities
That’s crazy, and I’ve never heard of anyone doing that and it’s probably because humans aren’t capable of being that efficient
听上去有点疯狂 我也从没见谁成功过 因为没有人能够那么一直高效学习
But if you have at least one big dream in life
I hope you’re constantly moving your life towards that and don’t care about what other people have to say because you legitimately don’t have the
我希望你能够按照你自己的人生轨迹不断前行 别听其他人说些什么 因为你没这个时间
Time but if you focus on your craft and are mindful of your time
I don’t think there’s any reason you can’t become world-class in at least one thing life’s too short
and you never know when it’s going to end.