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Jodi Ettenberg

Shared December 12, 2015

Wonderful Wait but Why post about mortality, perspective, and spending time with those you love.

Nikki Will

Shared December 11, 2015

Another sobering piece with a big dose of perspective.

When you look at that reality, you realize that despite not being at the end of your life, you may very well be nearing the end of your time with some of the most important people in your life.

Mike Torres

Shared December 11, 2015

Perspective.

Bia Kunze

Shared January 22, 2016

Uma maneira diferente de pensar em como gastamos nosso tempo. Se você sentir aflição e um senso de urgência, saiba reverter isso sabiamente: mais tempo com quem amamos e mais tempo construindo projetos relevantes!

Fatih Arslan

Shared December 12, 2015

That's damn good.

Aatman Shah

Shared August 14, 2018

time after time, I desperately feel the urge to read this, think about life in the way Tim mentions it, and then I share it again

Nick Seguin

Shared December 19, 2015

Double down on people who matter

Jorge Almeida

Shared December 13, 2015

calculating life = mission impossible

Mathieu Thouvenin

Shared February 1, 2016

Life is short. Don't waste time on what isn't worth it!

Allan Beaufour

Shared December 12, 2015

On how to spend your time and priorities

Rohan Light

Shared December 30, 2015

Living in the same place as the people you love matters

Living in the same place as the people you love matters

Will Myddelton

Shared February 14, 2016

This one will make you think about time differently. One for @sjors.

When you look at that reality, you realize that despite not being at the end of your life, you may very well be nearing the end of your time with some of the most important people in your life.

Szymon Szymczyk

Shared January 10, 2016

Jeśli masz ok 30 lat i mieszkasz z dala od rodziców, to spędzisz z nimi jeszcze tylko 300 dni. W optymistycznym scenariuszu.

Stas Kulesh

Shared January 3, 2016

Распечатать и на стену повесить.

Each of those dots is only a single Tuesday or Friday or Sunday, but even a lucky person who lives to 90 will have no problem fitting every day in their life on one sheet of paper.

Cooper Smith

Shared December 15, 2015

More feels than a Pixar movie 😭

Awais Imran

Shared September 3, 2016

Life is too short 😱😱😱

Awais Imran

Shared December 25, 2015

Changes your perspective of things, doesn't it?

Chris Norton

Shared December 24, 2016

Life matters, make people the priority.

Alberto Grazi

Shared February 6, 2017

1) Living in the same place as the people you love matters. I probably have 10X the time left with the people who live in my city as I do with the people who live somewhere else.

2) Priorities matter. Your remaining face time with any person depends largely on where that person falls on your list of life priorities. Make sure this list is set by you—not by unconscious inertia.

3) Quality time matters. If you’re in your last 10% of time with someone you love, keep that fact in the front of your mind when you’re with them and treat that time as what it actually is: precious.

Adi M

Shared July 8, 2017

Evergreen recommendation

Paolo Roganti

Shared August 7, 2016

Life is a picture but you live in a pixel

Rajat Verma

Shared December 21, 2015

Quality time matters. If you’re in your last 10% of time with someone you love, keep that fact in the front of your mind when you’re with them and treat that time as what it actually is: precious.

Theron Kelso

Shared December 11, 2015

I did this same math a few years ago. I'll see my parents maybe 30 more times. Which doesn't feel like enough to me. Going the opposite direction, it saddens me to think I'm getting close to the 78% mark with my daughter. Truly depressing. But a reminder to make _every single day_ count!

It turns out that when I graduated from high school, I had already used up 93% of my in-person parent time. I’m now enjoying the last 5% of that time. We’re in the tail end.

Dan Bender

Shared May 15, 2016

My favorite blog, one of my favorite authors, another beautiful piece of writing.

2) Priorities matter. Your remaining face time with any person depends largely on where that person falls on your list of life priorities. Make sure this list is set by you—not by unconscious inertia.

3) Quality time matters. If you’re in your last 10% of time with someone you love, keep that fact in the front of your mind when you’re with them and treat that time as what it actually is: precious.

Florian Peninon

Shared February 15, 2016

Laying out the time remaining for each of us.

Fred Muya

Shared February 3, 2016

Read this on a computer, really

Elena Conacel

Shared December 18, 2015

Living in the same place as the people you love matters. Priorities matter. Quality time matters.

Bekir Burak Kılboz

Shared December 21, 2015

Every bit is important.

Sarah Gonsalves

Shared December 23, 2016

Some things to keep in mind for the holidays.

Joel Bez

Shared June 23, 2016

Nice inspiration

Rachelskirts

Shared March 14, 2017

Oof, talk about putting things in perspective. (How this applies to relationships is really interesting. Keep reading.)

I read about five books a year, so even though it feels like I’ll read an endless number of books in the future, I actually have to choose only 300 of all the books out there to read and accept that I’ll sign off for eternity without knowing what goes on in all the rest.

Gergely Fügedi

Shared January 5, 2016

because quality time matters.

Jason Karsh

Shared June 4, 2016

Incredible for perspective on your time, how you spend it, and who with.

Sven Koerbitz

Shared December 13, 2015

Most depressing post I read in a while. Still great food for thought. 🐋

Mykola Mykal

Shared December 11, 2015

Zoom out your life – worthy quick read about how people spend their time.

arif fazil

Shared July 25, 2018

Quality time matters. If you’re in your last 10% of time with someone you love, keep that fact in the front of your mind when you’re with them and treat that time as what it actually is: precious

Frederic Boulanger

Shared April 17, 2016

good perspective on the tail end of life, and relationships.

Дмитрий Пасечник

Shared July 15, 2016

Статья, чтобы окончательно осознать окончательность жизни. И думать вообщe о планах на жизнь.

Jignesh Darji

Shared November 27, 2016

Perspective! 😓

Aduke Thelwell

Shared December 19, 2015

stop everything sense read this

Peter Rufus

Shared December 12, 2015

So svojimi rodičmi strávite do koca života už len 5% z vášho celkového spoločného času

David Wynn

Shared May 2, 2016

Somewhat daunting to think about, but those last few examples are especially significant. Well worth anyone's time to read.

Lena Vizazhinia

Shared December 21, 2015

Just read it! We all know, life is short. But we don't even guess how extremely short it is.

Saurav Shrestha

Shared July 31, 2017

Much needed guilt trip.

Kavit Haria

Shared December 4, 2017

Best thing I've read in a while.

Sean Liu

Shared December 14, 2015

The big picture: how much time we really have left with those we love

Joe Hribar

Shared January 3, 2016

A driving reason why I’m eager and grateful to spend so much time with faraway family and close friends when I can.

If you’re in your last 10% of time with someone you love, keep that fact in the front of your mind when you’re with them and treat that time as what it actually is: precious.

Kevin H.

Shared December 11, 2015

We should hang out.

Roberto Luis Bisbe

Shared December 12, 2015

Just read this, and then call that someone you love ;)

Trey Gordner

Shared December 18, 2015

In sum: Ignoring our mortality ruins our priorities. #quickread

Stephanie Zhou

Shared December 29, 2015

Life is actually very, very short, and you are already on the tail end of most of the experiences and relationships you will ever be able to enjoy

Instead of measuring your life in units of time, you can measure it in activities or events. 

David Hall

Shared February 4, 2016

Dark but necessary. You're at the tail end of life, here's how it looks.

Nilay Shah

Shared October 30, 2018


It turns out that when I graduated from high school, I had already used up 93% of my in-person parent time. I’m now enjoying the last 5% of that time. We’re in the tail end.

Ricardo Silvério

Shared January 30, 2016

How much time do you have left?

Peter Park

Shared May 7, 2016

Realized how limited my time with my parents is.

I'm fortunate to be able to provide home for them, but still my time with them is limited to one or two meals + few min here and there per week. So..

Total ~4 hrs/wk * 52 weeks/year * 2 yrs (76 yrs of avg life expectancy in US - 72, dad's age) = ~400 hrs.

That's not much at all. Must make the most of what's left.

Anurag Sen

Shared December 15, 2015

How to spend rest of your life the best way possible? If you want to know, read on...

Vishal Shah

Shared December 21, 2015

The

Andrew Nater

Shared December 29, 2015

Incredible perspective on your relationships through life. Make every moment count.

Šimon Demočko

Shared April 11, 2016

This was actually quite eyeopening and inspiring

Lawrence Duong

Shared April 14, 2016

hard

Sonja Bobrowska

Shared December 13, 2015

Great way to think of one's life and what's left of it.

Ben D

Shared January 5, 2016

#perspective #priorities

Vincent Cheng

Shared February 1, 2016

If I lay out the total days I’ll ever spend with each of my parents—assuming I’m as lucky as can be—this becomes starkly clear:


It turns out that when I graduated from high school, I had already used up 93% of my in-person parent time. I’m now enjoying the last 5% of that time. We’re in the tail end.

Vincent Cheng

Shared February 1, 2016

three takeaways here:

1) Living in the same place as the people you love matters. I probably have 10X the time left with the people who live in my city as I do with the people who live somewhere else.

2) Priorities matter. Your remaining face time with any person depends largely on where that person falls on your list of life priorities. Make sure this list is set by you—not by unconscious inertia.

3) Quality time matters. If you’re in your last 10% of time with someone you love, keep that fact in the front of your mind when you’re with them and treat that time as what it actually is: precious.

Markus Hofmann

Shared August 24, 2016

Wow, stuff like this makes me more conscious in how to spend my time once more.

Balaji Govindan

Shared August 19, 2018

What a perspective!!! Thanks for sharing.

Vrajesh Shah

Shared December 11, 2015

Hard-hitting but an essential eye opener

And Gordy

Shared December 13, 2015

Thinking this way is a little scary, but realising things usually is.

cleber Amaral

Shared December 14, 2015

legal contar as primaveras, porém mais importante é pensar em como aproveitá-las da melhor maneira.

Kris Willis

Shared February 1, 2016

This is the worst post I've ever read by this guy. But it's still very interesting. It makes life seem very precious and short.

The Tail End
by Tim Urban, waitbutwhy.com
November 6
Note: Hi. The last few posts turned out to be quite…thorough. So to bring things back to Earth, this will be the first in a string of short posts that will be coming out over the next few weeks.

___________

In a post last year, we laid out the human lifespan visually. By years:


By months:


And by weeks:


While working on that post, I also made a days chart, but it seemed a bit much, so I left it out. But fuck it.


The days chart blows my mind as much as the weeks chart. Each of those dots is only a single Tuesday or Friday or Sunday, but even a lucky person who lives to 90 will have no problem fitting every day in their life on one sheet of paper.

But since doing the Life in Weeks post, I’ve been thinking about something else.

Instead of measuring your life in units of time, you can measure it in activities or events. To use myself as an example:

I’m 34, so let’s be super optimistic and say I’ll be hanging around drawing stick figures till I’m 90.1 If so, I have a little under 60 winters left:


And maybe around 60 Superbowls left:


The ocean is freezing and putting my body into it is a bad life experience, so I tend to limit myself to around one ocean swim a year. So as weird as it seems, I might only go in the ocean 60 more times:


Not counting Wait But Why research, I read about five books a year, so even though it feels like I’ll read an endless number of books in the future, I actually have to choose only 300 of all the books out there to read and accept that I’ll sign off for eternity without knowing what goes on in all the rest.


Growing up in Boston, I went to Red Sox games all the time, but if I never move back there, I’ll probably continue at my current rate of going to a Sox game about once every three years—meaning this little row of 20 represents my remaining Fenway visits:

There have been eight US presidential elections during my lifetime and about 15 to go. I’ve seen five presidents in office and if that rate continues, I’ll see about nine more.

I probably eat pizza about once a month, so I’ve got about 700 more chances to eat pizza. I have an even brighter future with dumplings. I have Chinese food about twice a month and I tend to make sure six dumplings occurs each time, so I have a fuckton of dumplings to look forward to:

Aaron Hamilton

Shared December 12, 2015

the important stuff

Rob Lund

Shared January 14, 2016

so very true...

Scott Hiler

Shared July 7, 2016

Very simple way at looking at our time with those that matter to us... #goodread

Deepansh Khurana

Shared September 9, 2016

This is saddening and wonderful at the same time.

Ryan Waite

Shared July 26, 2017

Tick, tick, tick......

Omar Fernandez

Shared August 5, 2017

a new way to think of the time left in your life.

Paulina Pascual

Shared June 2, 2016

This Wait But Why comic nails it. Boston is my home for now because it's near the people I love. Prioritize accordingly.

Dan Saper

Shared December 12, 2015

Great article and puts in perspective exactly how much time you have left with the people you love. Thanks for sharing @amy

Ioannis Kanlis

Shared January 1, 2016

How close are we to a tail end?
#life #data

Jakob Browning

Shared January 4, 2016

Thought provoking.

Badri

Shared January 10, 2016

Life seems so short when you see it drawn out in front of you! See these illustrations for yourself...

Anze Stembergar Zupan

Shared April 21, 2016

Make the time count

E T

Shared January 1, 2017

Everyone must read this

Friedemann Sieber

Shared February 9, 2017

It's really mindblowing to see how easily you can fit a lifetime on a page.

Axel Pimentel

Shared July 26, 2017

interesante perspectiva del tiempo: estar con quien de verdad importa, mientras pueda. El mejor regalo es nuestro tiempo.

Goutham Patley

Shared January 29, 2016

hmm .. interesting way to look at things!

Aurimas Račas

Shared December 31, 2015

Wait But Why strikes again. How many times of swimming in the ocean do you have left in your life? What about days you'll spend with your parents?

I probably eat pizza about once a month, so I’ve got about 700 more chances to eat pizza. I have an even brighter future with dumplings. I have Chinese food about twice a month and I tend to make sure six dumplings occurs each time, so I have a fuckton of dumplings to look forward to

Tola

Shared December 12, 2015

Excellent interpretation of the how relationships change over time.

Sandip Nambiar

Shared December 23, 2015

Life represented.

Patterson Waltz

Shared December 21, 2015

An interesting quantitative analysis of events in a human lifetime, designed to help keep things in perspective.