Monday, October 22, 2012

Maximizing your Time in Life

All of us have struggled with the thought of our own mortality at some point in our lives.  Just the simple fact that at some point in the future, you will no longer be here is enough to unnerve some people.  At the moment right before you are about to put the final sentence in the book of life, you might want to ponder all the memories and things you've done.  1 of two choices happens at this occurrence; you look back at your life with great pleasure because you achieved all your goals and lived life to the fullest, or you look back at all the things you could have done or the experiences you missed out of.  If you're the latter case, I'm here to tell you that there are options and you still have time!

The topic for this blog came from this post on Reddit.  The contributor basically ponders the question as to what interesting skill you can learn with very little expense.  Here is the condensed list the author described:
1.) Play an instrument
2.) Lock picking
3.) Programming
4.) Graphic Design
5.) Sketching & Drawing
6.) 3D modeling
7.) Improve your penmanship
8.) Read
9.) Working out and getting fit
10.) Expand your music appreciation
11.) Try composing
12.) Improve your singing
13.) Meditate
14.) Pick up sports
15.) Learn to swim
16.) Biking
17.) Learn a new language
18.) Learn to dance

As you can see, there are plenty of things you can learn to do in your spare time that will lead to a full and rewarding life.  This list is by no means a complete summary of things to learn, but let me suggest another: Learn to fix things.  As a home owner, I can't tell you how helpful it is to have some basic knowledge on plumbing, mechanics, or carpentry.  Not only do these skills save you a ton of money, but it can become an interesting hobby not to mention making my house look great.

Some call it a bucket list, but whatever it is you call it, think of the things you want to learn or do before your time is up.  Write the items down, and figure out how you are going to accomplish these goals.  As I wrote about precision leadership a long time ago, having a list will help you stay motivated and accomplish all you want to do.

Wonderful Moment of the Day: Watching a friend complete a multi-national marathon!

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