Lately, the idea of thinking in decades has been resonating more than ever. More thoughts have triggered after finding this quote:
Days are long, but decades are short.
I haven’t stopped reflecting on this ever since I read it in this article. I’ve been thinking what it means to me, and if this is going to change the way I live my life.
On the other hand, perception of time also enters the equation. Sometimes, days feel too short, and we wish we had more than 24 hours to do all the things we want to do.
In a different scenario, we wished certain days ended faster. Headaches and other issues that pop up make us beg for less hours so that the struggle goes away. Some days are really difficult.
Time is relative, but it’s one of the resources that doesn’t renovate itself. The way we spend our days determine the things we accomplish in decades.
A decade is a fair range of time to evaluate our growth as a person, as a professional or as a parent. It’s a period in which you can analyze the impact of your decisions. At the same time, it gives you a clear picture of the aspects of you life that you paid more attention to.
However, in order to complete a decade, we need to live one day at a time, and ideally, with a purpose in mind. A single day can go by uneventfully, but as more days go by, all of a sudden they transform into weeks, months, and years. Time flies without you noticing.
That’s why a decade can be shorter than you think.
As I prepare to welcome my first child, I wonder if thinking in decades will be a good guide to do a good job as a mother. I realize it will only take two decades for my child to become an adult. With that in mind, what can I teach him during that time about life? What kind of environment can I create for him/her to be healthy?
There’s no definite guide on how to be the best you can be, but if you bet on the long-term, your daily efforts can turn more meaningful.
How would your daily life change if you started thinking about the things you want to accomplish in a decade?