In my last post “Choose Life”, I finished the article posing the question, “how many summers do you have left to live?” 
It’s a question I ask myself regularly to motivate and stimulate real agency and attention to my day. It’s a question also I recently pitched to my older brother, when was telling me about his stressful, over-demanding work commitments.

I don’t know about you, but as I get older, it seems like the years are literally speeding-up. Reflecting on this as I write, I find it absurd to think that it’s August already. I can often find myself laughing out loud at the thought of my own age…I’m 54 now, I’ll be 70 in 16 years time…70!!
Knowing full well how fast the next 16 years will fly-by…that’s f******* hilarious!

Now, I have no idea what being 54 years old “should feel like“, but I can confidently say that mentally and physically I have never felt healthier, stronger and ‘happier’ than I do now. My life-purpose is simple, to maintain, even continually improve, this current life-trajectory, which means I’ll be well-fit n happy when I drop dead

There’s no hand-break that can be applied to slow-down the days chasing after each other, but by intentionally recalibrating each and everyday, so that I fill it the disciplines and practices that keep me as healthy, strong, happy and as calm as possible, the majority, if not most of my days, are productive, fulfilling and free.

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Another Q: How many weeks do you think the average person could expect to live?

British journalist and author Oliver Burkeman says in his awesome new book 4000 Weeks “the average human lifespan is absurdly, terrifyingly, insultingly short. Here’s one way of putting things in perspective: the first modern humans appeared on the plains of Africa at least 200,000 years ago, and scientists estimate that life, in some form, will persist for another 1.5bn years or more, until the intensifying heat of the sun condemns the last organism to death. But you? Assuming you live to be around 80, you’ll have had about 4,000 weeks”.

Life is soooo finite…
Life is finite, so there is no better time than right now to begin the process to work out what is important to you. I would also argue that because we’re all experiencing heightened trauma, stress, anxiety etc due to the repercussions of COVID, the degradation of our environment, alarming change to our global climate, and increased natural disasters etc that its even more important now to stake stock and assess.

Rather than living by the completely misleading ‘healthy’ life-adage “everything in moderation” and, ‘trying to do everything’, why not make time to stop, breathe, and reflect so you can collect your thoughts to actually consider what it is you want out of your life, given that it’s nearly already over.

“We will all be dead any minute”
American philosopher.
Thomas Nagel

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Happiness, Strength & Health…everything else is complete BS
Let’s face it, if you’re not healthy, happy (I’m referring to Eudaemonia) and strong…living becomes an existence, rather than an experience.
We live as a human ‘doing’, rather than a human ‘being’.
If we did everything possible within our sphere of choice, to live as best as we could, by intentionally focusing on these 3 very simple, but complex life-metrics – how much better would the remainder of your life be?
How much better would each day be?
How much of a positive & resilient influence would you be to those around you, to those you love?

As Oliver Burkeman thoughtfully says, “your experience of being alive consists of nothing other than the sum of everything to which you pay attention. At the end of your life, looking back, whatever compelled your attention from moment to moment is simply what your life will have been. When you pay attention to something you don’t especially value, it’s not an exaggeration to say that you’re paying with you life“.

Ask yourself every morning…
Am I happy, strong and healthy (most of the time)?…if not, get curious and ask why, and what can be done about it.
Am I actively seeking my vision and purpose?…if not
Am I curious to learn more about myself each day?
Am I actively taking care of my psychology?
Am I doing everything I can to make myself ‘shine’, by stoking your inner-cheerfulness – laughing more, not taking yourself too seriously, or judging yourself against others.
And…
If this was my last day alive, how would I want to spend it?

Who knows how many more day’s alive we have left.

Next time:
What do I want + how much does it cost?
What am I doing now + and how am I paying for it?

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Current Reading List & References:
4000 Weeks by Oliver Burkeman
The Boy, The Mole, The Fox and The Horse by Charlie Mackesy
Mindsight: Change your brain and your life by Daniel J Siegel MD
Aristotle’s Way by Edith Hall
Wherever You Go, There You Are. John Kabat-Zinn
“Start Where You Are” by Pema Chödrön
“Breathe” by James Nestor
The Places That Scare You” by Pema Chödrön
“In The Realm of Hungry Ghosts” by Gabor Maté
“Lost Connections” by Johann Hari
How To Meditate – Pema Chödrön
The Wisdom of No Escape – Pema Chödrön
‘Breaking Down the Wall of Silence’ – Alice Miller
Meditations – Marcus Aurelius
Atomic Habits – James Clear
The New Rules For Lifting For Life – Lou Shuler
Why We Sleep – Matthew Walker PhD
Essentialism: The Discipline Pursuit Of Less – Greg McKeown
Thinking, Fast and Slow – Daniel Kahnemen
Flow – Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi
The Resilience Project: Finding Happiness Through Gratitude Empathy & Mindfulness – Hugh Van Cuylenburg
Deep Nutrition: Why Your Genes Need Traditional Foods – Catherine Shanahan MD
The School of Life – An Emotional Education
The School of Life – How To Think More Effectively
The Consolations Of Philosophy – Alain De Botton
Maps of Meaning: The Architecture of Belief – Jordan B Peterson
The Owners Manual for the Brain: The Ultimate Guide to Peak Mental Performance – Pierce J. Howard
The Daily Stoic / Stillness Is The Key / Ego Is The Enemy / The Obstacle is The Way– Ryan Halliday
Indistractable – How To Control Your Attention & Choose Your Life – Nir Eyal
Mindset – Dr Carol Dweck
The Holy Shit Moment: How Lasting Change Can Happen in A Minute – James Fell
Stop Playing Safe – Margie Warrell
The Worlds Fittest Book – Ross Edgley
The Art Of Resilience – Ross Edgley
The Oxygen Advantage: Scientific Proven Breathing Techniques To Revolutionise Your Health – Patrick McKeown
Blink: The Power of Thinking Without Thinking – Malcolm Gladwell
The Practicing Mind – Develop Focus & Discipline Your Life – Thomas M. Sterner
Mistakes Were Made – Carol Travis & Elliot Aronson
Man’s Search For Meaning – Viktor Frankl
Life: A Users Manual – Julian Baggini & Antonia Macaro
Good Habits Bad Habits: The Science of Making Positive Changes That Stick – Wendy Wood
The Madness of Crowds – Douglas Murray
The War of Art – Steven Pressfield
Wired To Eat – Robb Wolf
Philosophy For Life, and other dangerous situations – Jules Evans
Peak – Anders Ericsson & Robert Pool
The Body, A guide For Occupants – Bill Bryson
The Four Agreements – Don Miguel Ruiz

 

Disclaimer: It needs to be noted and understood that what I write on this blog format must not be interpreted nor construed as ‘personal medical advice’.
The written word can easily be mis-interpreted, especially my own god-awful writing ability.
I try to emphasis, as awkwardly as I do, that I have no skills, training nor studies under my belt to advise or diagnose when it comes to medical or psychological conditions.
If you need professional help or advice then please seek it.  
My own advocacy is shot primarily through the prism of my own life-experience. I only promote lifestyle and the related choices and habits that optimise sleep, mindset, nutrition and physical strength. All incredibly powerful and profound methods to improve all aspects of one’s own health-wealth, but potentially not the remedy ‘proper’ for those individuals that may require professional clinical diagnosis, medical intervention and/or treatment.
Peace
Luke