How short life really is…
It turns out that when I graduated from high school, I had already used up 93% of my in-person parent time. I’m not enjoying the last 5% of that time. We’re in the tail end.
Setting aside my secret hope that technological advances will let me live to 700, I see three takeaways here:
1) Living in the same place as the people you love matters. I probably have 10X the time left with the people who live in my city as I do with the people who live somewhere else.
2) Priorities matter. Your remaining face time with any person depends largely on where that person falls on your list of life priorities. Make sure this list is set by you — not by unconscious inertia.
3) Quality time matters. If you’re in your last 10% of time with someone you love, keep that fact in the front of your mind when you’re with them and treat that time as what it actually is: precious.
If you only read one article this month, make it ‘‘The Tail End’’ by Tim Urban on the Wait But Why blog.