Life is, on average, six-hundred and eighty-three thousand, seven-hundred and thirty-three hours long. This adds up to 78 years; the average human life-span in the United States. When we are young, we feel like we have an eternity on Earth to accomplish our goals, fulfil our desires and live a generally happy life. However as we age, that time seems to diminish quite rapidly and we realize that there were so many things we wish we could have done.
A recent Infographic from EXEC House cleaning Services reveals some sobering facts about life expectancy that we do not often consider. For example: we spend approximately 1/3 of our lives asleep, leaving us with only 49 years. Furthermore, we are working for over 10 years, removing another chunk of our lives which is somewhat out of our control. In a nutshell, this infographic preaches that we only have 9 years to freely make of life what we want of it. Scroll down to check out the full infographic in all its depressing glory.
... we only have 9 years to freely make of life what we want of it.
There are many revealing truths within this infographic. At Qeepr, we were definitely shocked to see some of these numbers. They undoubtedly made us want to drop everything right away, get up and travel across the world, making the most of every second we have. But to truly get to the bottom of our remaining 9 living years, we decided to consider them alongside the dying regrets of humans in the last weeks of their lives.
A palliative care nurse from Australia had discovered some of these top lifelong regrets of her dying patients. They were as follows:
- “1. I wish I'd had the courage to live a life true to myself, not the life others expected of me.”
- “2. I wish I hadn't worked so hard.”
- “3. I wish I'd had the courage to express my feelings.”
- “4. I wish I had stayed in touch with my friends.”
- “5. I wish that I had let myself be happier.”
After reading these 5 regrets, the statistical breakdown of life expectancy loses a bit of its oomph. These people didn’t regret the amount of time they had or the amount of things they were able to accomplish. Instead, they had regretted how they had acted in their living years as a whole.
Life shouldn’t be split into sections. Life is a unique existence. Yes it has an expiration date, however it is one entity from birth until death. Instead of focusing on the numerical values associated with life, consider your life as a whole and do your best to avoid the 5 regrets discovered above. Who cares if you spend 10 years of your life at work as you might find your best friends or the love of your life at that mediocre job you work every day. If you spend 4 years of your life eating, consider them to have been the most delicious years of your life.
Don’t disvalue this infographic. It does an awesome job at inspiring you to get busy experiencing life at its fullest. At the same time, you should also consider the advice of the dying.
Know that you are the artist of your very own real-life canvas; therefore you should always try to paint the best picture you possibly can.
What do you think of this infographic?
Do you fear these regrets of the dying?