This quote struck me and immediately I Googled ‘life expectancy’ to see how long my life might be. According to the OECD iLibrary, the “average life expectancy exceeded 80 years across OECD countries in 2011”.
Sounds like a long time…until you do the math.
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So let’s do some math:
85 years (average life expectancy) – 30 years (your current age) = 55 years
If you are in your late 20’s or early 30’s, you might think that’s a long time. But let’s break it down a bit further to better understand what 55 years looks like.
55 years is equivalent to:
- 20,075 days left to fill with meaningful events and experiences;
– 2,860 weeks left to accomplish your goals;
- 55 summers, falls, winters & springs left to enjoy;
- 55 chances left to, for example, run with the bulls (actually, if you’re 30, you probably have less than 30 left before it becomes a bit too risky if you ask me); and
- 13.75 World Cups or Olympic Games left to attend.
But the most important number is one. ONE chance to live each day to the fullest.
Knowing this, I’ve dedicated the past decade to living out my (travel) dreams. Now, I share my beliefs and strategies for having it all with you, in hopes that you’ll find the courage to live the global life you want!