Life in months

Posted on March 17, 2012

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Last week at the fab Emirates Lit Fest I went to AC Grayling’s talk. Grayling is a brilliant philosopher and author of some 30 books on the meaning of life, the art of being right, the reason of things etc. His talk was captivating, thought-provoking and inspiring … particularly when he spoke of life in months.

Turn our lives into a matter of months and you quickly feel aware of how short it really is.  We are alive for only around 1,000 months, 300 of which we’ll be sleeping.

This gave me a sudden and enormous sense of urgency … a movement towards a life worthwhile.

But at the same time, it also makes the length of life seem really trivial because a life worthwhile is clearly all about experience over time and the meaning of life is simply what you make it.

So today’s post is super short; just a whisper of a reminder to experience everything and anything you can, to never fear the unknown, to shelf the bull**** excuses and to live like you’ve only got 1000 months!

PS.  Grayling also talked about love and a few words that remain imprinted are these: ‘To love is to contract for loss but to not love is to live a life diminished.’ Beautiful yes? Simple but painstakingly true.

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