Why is life so short? The average age of women is 83 years and men 79 years and you might think it pretty good. In the beginning of our lives it seems like a long time, but when we get older it starts to feel like very short. Why?
Well, the first years we are almost unconscious. We only are, respond to stimuli according to our innate temperament and other characteristics, and little else. And we do not know that there is something called death and are therefore immortal.
Then we grow up and become adolescent and are gradually fed into the idea that we are something, beautiful, good, intensive, naughty, smart, and dumb and anything else we can think of. And then we are suddenly all that and much more. And although we have heard about death, or have lost someone close to us, it usually applies to people other than ourselves. We are still immortal.
We change into teenagers with raging hormones, have to struggle with the environment, ourselves and the ideas we have been given and do not fit us, and the years pass and nothing else is important. Old people are everyone older than 20 years and they are all with one foot in the grave. We are still immortal.
Then we get over the teens and become ‘wise’, we go to university, to work, prison, have spouses, children, happiness and sorrow and nothing else is important, we have enough to do. We are mortal but hope we will live long enough to get our children into adulthood, whatever that means. And so it goes on until one day we become middle-aged, then we start the support process for our children. We help them to leave home and make their own, finally.
We support their first steps, and maybe little further, and then we suddenly become elderly people and finally we have time to look at ourselves and exist for us and nothing else. But many people fear what they see and create something new to place the children that are now beginning on their journey into the world to repeat this same process.
We can easily create importance, deception to hide behind
Many people never get in contact with themselves, not matter how old and ‘wise’ they get. Even though the only thing left is to sit by themselves in a home for old people. But there are some that stop and ask, here I am, what shall I do with it?
Believe me, this is how it goes. I know for sure, by my own experience, I have been a child, adolescent, teenager, working woman, married with children, very important and a supporter to bring my children into the world so they can repeat all the nonsense.
And now I stand in the shoes of asking, here I am and what shall I do with it? If I work until retirement, I have 5 years left to work. I have 10 good years left all together, if I live that long. There are really only ten good years, because after seventy the future problems of old age will appear, we will decay in the body and perhaps mind.
If we use statistics, I now have 21 years left and 4 of them as a widow. And if I look at inherited genes I could have 30 years left and 10 of them in old people’s home and some of them as a widow.
Now we know why life is so short. It is in fact just 20 to 30 years.
And what will I do with them? Well, I am going to live them all, each and every moment, with myself, for myself and no one else. My last breath in this world will be the most remarkable moment of my live. It, as all other moments, will never be repeated. From that moment on it is all over, me as well as everything I stand for. Who says life I not amazing, absolutely remarkable and our existence the greatest wonder of all?