Wednesday, August 11, 2010

Timeless

Alas, today is my final day interning at Curiosity, and it has come far too soon. I have thought long and hard about how I would say good-bye to this summer, the Curiosity staff, and you, my beloved blog readers. Up until yesterday, I was planning to serenade the office with a sweet rendition of “I Will Remember You” by Sarah McLachlan.

As powerful as that would have been, I’ve decided to take this time to share something different with you (sorry Warren, I’m sure the interpretive dance you prepared will come in handy another time).

So, I want you to look at the figure below. What comes to mind?


Well, let me give you a hint: there are 365 boxes. Are you with me now? That grid represents one year—one year of your life, and each box is one day.

When I saw this image online last night, it blew my mind. See, we are conditioned to think of a year as a long period of time. It is usually spread out onto twelve or even fifty-two pages. But when it is laid out like this, it doesn’t seem so long at all.

And how many boxes do you have left? The average American gets around 80 grids. So even if you live a long, healthy life (a big if), that’s what? 20, 40, or 60 more?

I hope this serves as a wake-up call. You don’t have unlimited time to do all of the things you want to do. I am leaving Curiosity today knowing that I had so much more I wanted to do here—so much more I wanted to learn. Don’t let this happen to you. Don’t live as if your time will never run out.

The message here is that time is of the essence. Stop going through the motions and take some time to think. How do you want to fill your boxes?

Advice from Ariel
The moment is now. This is your sign. Go do it, whatever it may be.

2 Comments:

Blogger Alli Bacon said...

Great post Ariel! It made me think.

August 11, 2010 at 12:28 PM  
Anonymous Megan McGill said...

Ariel, very intriguing post!

August 11, 2010 at 1:45 PM  

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