If the average human life was only 20 years, what would you choose to do with it? Would you slave away at work, sacrificing precious time for another mans benefit? Probably not. So why are you doing it now? 

Most of our entire lives have been fabricated around society’s institutional formula for success. We attend school only to further our education, to eventually attend more school to subsequently work for the rest of our lives until the day we retire or eventually pass. I know that sounds a little disheartening and quite morbid but it’s the realistic exemplification of the modern humans life. It’s not necessarily a “bad” formula- in fact it is crucial to the general progression of our community and society as a whole-it’s just not the most time efficient one, which is why everything we do in between matters so much more.

We spend an average of 57 years of our lives either learning or working. The average life span in the United States is about 78 years, that leaves us with a modest 20 years to experience and do all the things we love doing or have always wanted to do. We have become so accustomed to living life so routinely that we forget what living is all about and all the wonders it has to offer. Many of us become complacent and content with living life chore to chore, job to job, usually to reap profit for another individuals benefit, who’s most likely living out all of life’s experiences, at OUR lives expense.

Every fraction of time we don’t spend working or learning, should be taken advantage of. Make lasting memories with those you hold dear, travel; the world is so vast and our minds are so curious; engage the two! Get a little creative and make something. Meet new people, taste new foods, charm the senses.

So, if you had 20 years to live what would you accomplish? What chances would you take? What places would you visit? Take a vacation when you desire it and don’t refrain. Take leaps. Quench all that you’ve been yearning to do all your life. Time is limited and our window of opportunity only stays open for so long. So find the time or make the time and LIVE, EXPERIENCE and LOVE as if we only had 20 years to live.

Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things that you didn’t do, than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover.” – Mark Twain