Our Short Meaningless Lives

Last Update: April 18, 2017

That is how it was described by the "bug" in Men in Black.

Some live about one hundred years, most less. It is hard to portion out our lives when we are young. When we grow old, some of us, that becomes a big problem. For example:

I like to fish. That's hard when your body is going out.

I like to paint. I would like to improve, but that takes time and more painting. I have only so many canvases left and a long list of request from my family members--one more flower before you die, one more bird, one more landscape.

I like to write. I published a novel last hear on Amazon. I would like to write one more. How would that stop me from doing the other things I want to do.

I like to go birding and I like to photograph birds and landscapes. How do I squeeze that in and who will take me. I don't drive more than 20 miles without someone pushing me out of the driver seat--where do you think you are going, Grandpa?

I would like to travel to see my great grand-kids but airline travel is hard for me and I have to have someone take me and the airlines have to wheelchair me around.

If We Only Lived Longer

It would be nice if people did live longer. George Washington could still be president. Albert Einstein could be explaining the wonders of Hubble. Boogie could still be making films. Van Gogh could still be showing us what to do with color. Mozart could still be creating his great music. Who would you add to this list? Probably your grandparents or great grandparents or your sister or cousin or lover.

But our life is short. Time, our most precious commodity, runs out too fast and we hardly notice that.

All we can do is not waste it.

We need to schedule our lives. Perhaps we need to get up an hour earlier and go to bed an hour later. They are good times for working our Internet businesses, something I had to back off of even though it is fun. My interest is not in making money. My interest is in helping others to achieve there goals.

Schedule your life, dear friends.

John


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SusanHardman Premium
I love that painting. It looks similar to a Van Gogh or Gustave Baumann. Really nice! No wonder your family members are lining up for more. Thanks for your thoughts! Susan
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DavidHenke Premium
Hello, John, Your message resonates with me as I'm 70 years of age. Clearly, wisdom comes with age and it is frequently wasted on young people. You can only offer advice to those who want to listen. I'm following you now because you make great sense. Thank you. Cordially, David
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Pernilla Premium
Hello John!

Thank you for this post with deep impact.
Yes, we really have to be aware of the time and how we spend it.
WA is a wonderful opportunity for me to finally be able to get independant and do what I really want to do in my life.

:-) Pernilla
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I this short time, hope you don't mind if I choose you as my guide?
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Freedomseekr Premium
Very true John! Time goes so fast and we never notice it slipping away until years have gone past. Time is too short and we all need to remember to use it wisely.
Thanks for sharing!
Best wishes :) ~Sherry
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SongbirdDL Premium
oh John, this is such a lovely post, touched my heart. Thank you. I am sure you have touched and inspired many. ~Danielle
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TheBuilder Premium
Thank you John.
Time is a great healer.
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TJnow Premium
Good thoughts John.
I think the best way is to accept what is and to make the best out of it by focusing on the aspects of life which really matter for ourselves.
And helping others is definetly a good intention in my opinion.
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botipton Premium
As long as I am breathing the breathe of life it is a good day. I want to make sure that I do not leave saying, "I Wish I Had." You suggestion of getting up earlier hit a note with me. Something I have been contemplating not to get more done but to have time to enjoy the morning before I get started working.
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PatSID Premium
I know, life is fleeting. It is one of the great mysteries as to why life is so short on earth. If we were on Jupiter, or Saturn for example, we would live hundreds and hundreds of earth years! :)
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garland1 Premium
Life on Earth was longer at one time, until the Human race started to screw it all up ;)
Garland
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Internetgranny Premium
I totally agree. The older I get, the more I realize how precious time is and how important it is to do the things you really want to do while you still can.

Sending lots of good wishes your way!
Isabella
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VanessaN Premium
Hi John

I just read this. It's so poignant. Sometimes we really don't get it and we take the time we have for granted. Maybe we really should schedule our lives to make sure we do the things we really want to and should.

Thank you.
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yessharon Premium
We don't understand the vibrancy of our youth until we grow old.

If there are messages here to be learned, they are - don't let the days of your youth pass you buy without a fishing pole in your hand, a paintbrush to express your vision or a keyboard to send your message.
One's health is more precious than we realize and we must work every day to make the best life we can - no matter what our age is. Thank You, John, for the reminder - live each day to the fullest.
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Labman Premium
Nicola Tesla would have changed the world more if he had more time.
I guess AC power is sufficient for one lifetime.
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Oyz49 Premium
Absolutely right John. Wish I was better with the time.
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ThomasPye Premium
Yes no matter what we do in life, time will catch up to us. We have to Iive, while we're living. And take care of ourselves, to get the most out of life!
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Marlene2 Premium
Would you believe that even if we live longer there would be things that we still can't schedule? You just have to set a priority
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TJ Books Premium
I could do more if I didn't run out of gas. lol Thanks, Marlene!
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albert22 Premium
It seems like we always say we'll go ahead and do that next thing we want to do, tomorrow, Then, one day we realize that the tomorrow is gong to leave us behind.
Superb post, TJ. thanks for sharing.
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TJ Books Premium
Yes, I have to stop that procrastination. I'll start on that next week. lol Thanks, Al.
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DarleneB Premium
So true. Do what you love doing now as when you get older you might not be able to. Then, like me, you wish you had when you were younger.
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TJ Books Premium
Right, Darling! lol
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barbaraA Premium
John, You are so right. Blessings.
Barbara
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TJ Books Premium
Thank you, Barb. It's good to be right his one time. John
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kasage00 Premium
I'm 45 and I feel like "where did the time go"
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TJ Books Premium
Karin, it's invisible and it slips away. lol John
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loriC1 Premium
John those words are so true, I'm hitting 51 this year and I look back and say "where did the time go". I say everyday, where did the day go. There is just not enough time even in a day to accomplish what I want to do. I see all these kids sitting at home playing their games when they could be outside enjoying the day. When I was a kid I would be gone all day, didn't have to come home till dark, But that was on the farm and you could always find something to do and plus it was a much safer world for kids.
Today I went rock hunting down at the river bed and to me it seemed like I was gone only 30 minutes, but hubby calls and tells me I've have been out there 2 hours and to come home so I don't over exert my heart(even though the DR says exercise is good), but it was so peaceful. So I understand about the time and doing things before we run out of time, I just wish the younger generation understood this to.
Sorry this was so lengthy. You have a great day John.
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TJ Books Premium
When I use to go on vacation with my grand-kids, I took acrylic paint and we painted rocks. In AZ, after I retired, Pat and I would look for rocks in stream beds which I could paint on. There are still a couple here in the house and outside. I would paint some here but the rocks are pretty much lava where I live in Idaho. I think we still have a box of minerals we collected for my oldest son in CO when we lived there. Fun things to do old and young. Keep at it, Lori! J
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cizamazula Premium
Thanks for sharing John!!
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TJ Books Premium
You are welcome, Siza! John
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MKearns Premium
Writing is the one great thing that can immortalize your ideas and allow you to live on John!
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TJ Books Premium
True! I did write three engineering books and one is now a rarity and very expensive. I did write a novel last year and put it on Amazon. I also have almost a million readers of crap I have put on the Internet at Ezine Magazine and other such sites. Also I was editor of an international engineering magazine after I retired so maybe some of my stuff is till out there. LOL Thanks, Mike!
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lynnsam61 Premium
As others have already said, if we only knew then what we know now...
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TJ Books Premium
When I was very little I wanted to buy all the land west of my city and as much GE stock as I could get. At that time I was finding bottles and returning them for the deposit, hardly investing money. lol Thanks, Erica!
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Loes Premium
If I knew then what I know now, I wouldn't have wasted so much time in my teens, twenties, thirties and forties, was I unwise!!
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TJ Books Premium
But you ended up with a brain full of good stuff. LOL
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Loes Premium
Hope so John:)
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Dmorrow Premium
So very true John! I wish I had really known in my twenties what I know now about a lot of things about life.

Hope you are enjoying this day.

Blessings,
Debby
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TJ Books Premium
Time management is harder to manage for women. Life manages it for them when they have young children. I always regret not studying some subject when I was young. I studied all the time but I was too selective. I wanted to be an ornithologist but I also wanted to be able to take care of my family so I chose engineering as a vocation but kept the better things as hobbies. lol. Thanks, Debbi.
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Dmorrow Premium
I know what you mean. I was into art and plants but that was not what I studied.
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DaveSw Premium
You are so right John...I push this all the time to whoever will listen...Time is our most precious resource, so do not waste it, or at least make an informed decision as to when you will waste it (there is a time for that too)....Cheers! Dave : )
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TJ Books Premium
I mainly painted today. I overdid it yesterday. We have to regulate what we do, don't we, Dave.
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SamiWilliams Premium
John
Words to the wise! Too bad we get so old before we get wise! Helping others, I also find is the most rewarding way to live. When something gets boring or too much, it is usually because my main interest is not helping others, but myself! Thanks for sharing what is working for you,
Sami
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TJ Books Premium
They say that youth is wasted on the young. Not true! But some folks waste their youth. Thanks, Sami!
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justcruzin Premium
Great advise John, so true. If only we could live out our later years with the mobility we had at 30. Many things in life seem out of balance to me and we have no control over them. I would love to hear that you found a way to go birding.
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TJ Books Premium
My granddaughter took me the other day so I think I will still be trying. I cancelled a trip to Costa Rica last year. My son told me that we should have gone. He's right. Best to you, Deb!
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ericpierre Premium
Thanks for sharing John. Made me stop and think about it. Conclusion: I still prefer the way it is!
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TJ Books Premium
Good for you, Eric. You must be doing things right. J
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RDoren Premium
There is an old saying: "We grow too soon old and too late smart." A lot of us squandered our youth. A good mentor can make a huge difference, but life also sends us many obstacles.
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TJ Books Premium
Right Robert! I went to Ecuador a couple of times to do engineering consulting, first for a company and then for our State Department. In Quito, the people became very friendly as soon they knew I was going to be there more than a couple of days. J
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RDoren Premium
I agree J. There are many good honest people in Ecuador and they are also friendly. Like any country there is an underbelly that you need to be careful about. The safest places to live are apartments with 24 hour staff. Single homes are not as safe and at night you need to go only to places that you know are safe. Poverty and lack of opportunity creates desperate people that commit crimes. Sound familiar? It's everywhere. Bob
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vin8 Premium
Great advise John, thanks for sharing your view of this journey we are all on.
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TJ Books Premium
You are welcome, Wayne! J
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bigrog44 Premium
Thanks for sharing, TJ.
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TJ Books Premium
You are welcome, Rog!
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Donnie58 Premium
Deep thoughts, John. Very deep!

It makes you consider what we waste our time on!

As a Christian, myself, I know the Bible tells me, "Your life is but a vapor that appears for a little time..." So true! I'm 58 now, almost 59, and it seems like yesterday that I was in high school.

I know what you mean about traveling at an older age. My mom turns 89 next week! (I'm going to Colorado to see her.) She says the same thing about traveling that you do. She just can't do it anymore. She also says it seems like yesterday that she was a little girl!

Time really does fly! We need to make the best of it, like you said!

Enjoy your family and the time you have left, and take care of yourself, my friend! That's all we have!
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TJ Books Premium
That is exactly what I was saying. Live after birth.
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mijareze Premium
I can understand John's point because I'll be 60 this year and mortality seems much more of a reality to me, especially with all my health issues. awrocksu also has a very valid point. I believe in life in the hereafter. One that is promised to us that will be much better. No more pain and sickness.
Naturally we are talking about two different things. In our next life, we will be in the presence of God.
Warm regards,
Ed Mijarez
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TJ Books Premium
I often wonder if for some there is life after birth. Thanks!
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awrocksu Premium
Or you can accept eternal life through Jesus Christ. How amazing that world is going to be! I am excited thinking about it. THis lost world is dead.
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TJ Books Premium
Sounds like my great grand-kids. lol John
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garland1 Premium
Really enjoyed the post, makes you stop and think. When I lived with my Granpa it was out of bed before the sun came up and back in from riding the tractor when the sun went down. Not a minute of daylight was wasted. I need to get back into that frame of mind :)
Garland
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TJ Books Premium
We have a lot of farmers here too. Thanks!
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