Does counting hours help us be more mindful of how we spend them?

There are 132 days until I turn 50.

That’s 2,112 waking hours. How many of those hours will I spend doing things that feed me? Things that will directly impact how I feel and who I will be on that day?

I can’t know for sure.

For the most part, we keep time in a vague way when it comes to milestones, deadlines and anything marked by a date. There’s either lots of time, or not enough. We think “That’s not for months.” “That’s weeks away.” and then “Holy crap, where did the time go?”

We rarely look at the hours.

As I get closer to 50, I’m intentionally playing with the concept of time.

When I first saw Tim Urban’s post “Your Life in Weeks” — oh so many weeks ago — I didn’t want to take it in. His visual conceptualizations are existentially powerful. If you allow them to sink in. Google it.

Facing your finiteness is scary shit.

I don’t have all the time in the world. Yet it’s so hard to live life based on that truth.

So will counting down the hours to my 50th help me be more mindful of how I spend them?

Only time will tell.

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Lynn Rivest

I talk about building a minimalist biz + aging boldly as a midlife entrepreneur.