July 28, 2009

3000 Years from now we will be dead. What on Earth is holding us back?

So I just heard something on the t.v. related to the amount of methane reserves in the ocean available for some type of fuel. While that is almost completely irrelevant to this post, it pointed out the fact that those reserves were estimated to last around 3,000 years. Three thousand years. It's almost unfathomable to wrap our minds around what that even entails.

But one thing is for certain. We are guaranteed nothing in this life. At best we can expect to live 100-110 years, and on average we'll have around 75 years. And amid all these numbers on our expected lifespan is the notion of just how brief our time is on this Earth. It makes me think - why in the world, with such a little amount of time we have, would we hold back from something?

To take a step back and really try to think about it, it's nearly disturbing to think about the petty stuff that holds us back, prevents us from going for our dreams, or keeps us bound to some idea of living in security. The reality is is that whatever we have is a gift and it's not a gift that lasts forever. We owe it to ourselves to take advantage of our opportunities, and forge the life we truly want.

One day everyone reading this very brief writing will be dead. I can't think of many things that I could reasonably justify depriving myself of in living a fulfilling, happy life. But how many of us live with that as part of our philosophy? To live our lives knowing we won't be around forever, and to go for what we really want.

In my opinion, it's a very powerful idea.

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