- Wednesday, February 16, 2011

You Only Have Average 30 Years to Live

Consider this : The lifespan of an average human is 70 years. The first 20 years of his life, he has no choice but to do the norm -- study. The last 15 - 20 years of his life, he's old, which would mean he won't have the energy to do what he can do and accomplish when he's say, 30. Discounting the first and last 20 years of his life, he is left with 30 years.

What can a person do with 30 years? Well, here's the set of things that people will normally want to do :-

  1. Get married (which will include finding a girlfriend, courting, proposing, planning and saving for the wedding... you get my drift)
  2. Having kids (gosh, think of the money you need to save just to buy pampers for them! Education? Textbooks? Tuition fees? Those need money too!)
  3. Getting your degree, which is somewhat... for the lack of a better word, generic. So maybe a Masters. 
  4. Traveling (this will be on the list of many people I assume)
  5. Buying a house
  6. Buying a car
  7. Maybe buying a second house or a second car
  8. Starting a company? Or starting a business? Or buying a franchise? 
  9. Paying for all the other classes that your kid(s) go to
  10. Saving for your child's tertiary education
  11. And the list goes on... 
Looking at that list, how on earth can a person accomplish ALL of those within 30 years? It's either you borrow a huge load of money and end up with tons of debts; or you're poor your entire life. (Some people consider spending a huge sum of money on insurance and the sort will secure them a better tomorrow). 

I guess my point is, you only have averagely 30 years to Live. Why do we want to resort to living according to the norm? Why don't we realize that we are not answerable to any human about our lives?

Maybe it's time to stop whatever we're doing and just take a look at our lives, and ask ourselves this question we (secretly) dread : What do I want for my life?


ah^kam_koko' said...

Ppl always assume they'll live until 70. That's the average but it's not guaranteed.
I want to live a meaningful life. When I die, I want to leave something good behind.

Necuno said...

I'd just like to leave the comment that:

The mere fact that you are reading this means that you survived up to a point where you are able to read. This means that congratulations! Your average life expectancy is now above the norm. A poison distribution with known data is what we're dealing with here.

It's like this; say a 100 year old man still alive will almost NEVER have a life expectance of less than at least a couple of years, due to the fact that he has not died yet, even though he is 30 years past your magical 70 years. This will continue right up to the point where he randomly dies, I am afraid that your logic is flawed.

That does however not ruin the point and i do agree that everyone should think hard on whether there're heading where they want to be.