I recently turned 38. I have never been a person to lie about my age. I can’t change it and it’s nothing to be ashamed of. But the reality that I am closer to 40 years did provoke some questions regarding my lifespan and what I have accomplished.
I have been alive 13,883 days, 1,983 weeks, or 457 months.
Based on the average of 14 breaths per minute, I have taken 279,886,966 breaths.
I have slept for 4,627 days, or roughly 12 years of my life.
The average steps walked per day is 7,192, so it’s likely I have walked 49,923 miles.
I have spent an estimated 171 days waiting in line.
I have spoken around 94,626,000 words based on the average of 7,000 words per day.
If I would have saved $100 per month I would have $45,700 saved. With 5 percent interest on the annual saved amounts I would have about $135,814
If I would have saved $10 per week I would have $19,830. With the 5 percent interest on the saved amounts each year I would have about $58,828.
There are 940 Saturdays from the time a child is born until they turn 18 years. My oldest son is 7.5 years. I have 550 more Saturdays with him until he turns 18. My youngest son recently turned 5 which leaves me 680 Saturdays.
The one thing in life that we will never have control over is time. We do not have the ability to alter time, go back into time, borrow time from the future so we can enjoy the present, place time on hold, or invest in time so we are not wasting it and can save for another day.
We have 86,400 seconds a day, 168 hours a week, 8,760 hours per year. How are we using our time?
Reviewing my life in numbers is bittersweet. I have been alive more than 13,883 days but how many of those have I truly lived? What amount of time am I dedicating to living the life that I want to live?
I have taken approximately 279,886,966 breaths. I am confident that not even a fraction of that has been in reaction to excitement or appreciation for the things that have taken my breath away. How many times have I truly been present to appreciate the moment?
Twelve out of my 38 years of life I have been asleep, I wonder how many of those sleeping hours were restful peaceful dreams? What percentage of my time am I ending my day in peace, thankful and filled with hope for the next day.
If I was able to map out the 49,923 miles I have walked in my life I wonder where my steps would lead? I am curious if I would walk a different route.
Based on the average person living until they’re 81 I have 43 years left to live.
I know the many readers are not 38 years of age and these numbers will vary based on each person. It’s not really about the specific numbers. This is about living and about the choices that we make each day. I am going to start choosing to spend my time more wisely and I challenge you to do the same. I challenge you to evaluate your life and the time you have spent engaging in activities that may or may not bring you joy or that may or may not contribute to the person you want to become and are capable of being.
My hope for each and every one of us is this:
That you take the time to breathe. That you give yourself permission to live, love, give, to reflect, and to be present. That you develop an appreciation in taking one breath at a time.
That the time you spent sleeping is not viewed as a waste, but an opportunity to create dreams for your future.
That you find the courage to take the first step toward change.
That the people who are walking alongside you are willing to pick you up if you are weak, encourage you if you are doubtful, and motivate you to be better.
I hope the steps that you take are along the path you create. That you always remember you can only take one step at a time. Nobody has the ability to take two steps together. Always remember you always will have the ability to turn back around.
I hope that the time you spend waiting is worth it. That you have the courage to stop waiting for something and you find the confidence to create it. That you learn what is worth waiting for and what is worth letting go.
I hope that you understand the value of your words. That what you say is not just who you want to be but truly a reflection of who you actually are. That you choose kind words to speak not only to others but also to yourself.
If you have the opportunity to financially invest that you always remember happiness, respect, and trust cannot be bought. Make the deposits into your emotional bank account, choose to invest in creating memories.
I hope that you choose to spend your time being present, creating memories with those you love. That you love unconditionally and feel loved. I hope that you don’t measure your life based on the quantity of time but on the quality of life you live.
Rachel Velishek is a licensed professional clinical counselor with Fisher-Titus Behavioral Health, Fisher-Titus Medical Park 2, Suite C, 282 Benedict Ave., Norwalk. Her office can be reached at 419-668-0311. For more information on Fisher-Titus Behavioral Health, visit fishertitus.org/behavioral-health.