Awkward/hard/scary question, right? How many months do you have left to live? How long do you have to make your dreams come true and build the life you’ve always wanted?
Life is shorter than you think and it’s about to feel a lot shorter. I don’t mean to scare you, but this is REAL. I want you to experience all the things you’ve dreamed of and put on your bucket list; I really do.
Sometimes we get lazy and assume we have lots of time to do all those things, so they can wait. The truth is that it can’t wait. Here’s why……
Let’s assume you will live to the age of 90. Here’s the guesstimate formula of how many months you have to cross everything off your bucket list:
(90 – Your Current Age) x 12 = Number of Months Left to Live
Frightening isn’t it? The scarier part is that you will not be fit as a fiddle for all those months. According to MedicalXpress, here are a few things you may have to contend with through the years.
So, in your 50’s you may develop arthritis or vision loss or diabetes. I don’t think you’re going to feel up to climbing Mount Everest or bungee jumping in New Zealand at that point. We’ll keep this one modest, so subtract 60 months off your #.
60 is the new 40, right? This is when you’re more likely to develop ailments like heart disease or having a knee replaced may occur. Definitely not going to be running a marathon or entering any dance competitions then. We’ll have to take off 84 months of fun on this one.
Now we’re in our 70’s and let’s see what can drag us away from traveling the world and hiking through the rainforest. Looks like bone degeneration and cognitive functions start to be affected at this point. Yikes. Remove 96 months from your total.
So, let’s say, you do break a hip at 80 and can’t walk too well or at all; that’s 10 years of being less than mobile. Minus 120 months off that original number.
How Many Months Do You Have Left Now?
Still looking good? Good. Except for a few more factors I really want you to keep in mind.
This is where you really decide what is important to you. I know starting a monthly countdown is frightening, but there are more things to consider. Think about, not only how many months YOU have to live, but what about everyone else? What traditions do you have? Things you look forward to every year?
Family: How often do you visit them? Once per year? Divide your # by 12 and that’s how many times you could see them again for the rest of YOUR life, assuming they live as long as you do.
Travel: How important is travel to you? How many places and experiences are on your bucket list all over the world? If you’re like me, you try to travel twice per year. Divide your number by 6 and that’s how many possible trips you could take for the rest of your life.
Work: This is what takes up more time in your life than sleep. How many months of the rest of your life will you spend at work? Are you happy doing that job? Does it just pay the bills? Does it bring you down? Look at how much time you are spending there for the rest of your life and decide if you want to. How much time is it costing you to stay in that job feeling less than stellar?
Again, I’m not trying to scare you; I’m trying to stop you from wasting time with however many months you have left to live and stop putting off the things that are important to you. I don’t want you to wake up one day and realize that there was so much more that you wanted to do and can’t.
Make your list. Pick something. Plan it out.
To purposely sound cliche….you only live once.
I believe in you.
You got this!
Lisa, Your Bucket List Coach