Me In Time

Mental Exercises

  • Think of your grandmother/father or great grandmother/father. Consider their life.
    • How did they live? Who were they?
    • How might their concept of self changed over time?
    • How did their life change? What can we take from that in our own lives?
    • How might they have seen the passage of time? How do they look back on their life?

Think of yourself 10 years ago…

  • Who did you believe you were?
  • What did you care about? Where did you find meaning?

Now, think back 15 or 20 years…

  • Again, what did you think about the world?

Now…

  • What would your past self think of you now?
  • How have you changed? Did you think you would change this much?
  • What does this tell you about the future?

Videos

A pile of jellybeans is used to visually represent a human life. Every jellybean is equivalent to a single day.

Ages and stages…watch this girl transform before your eyes from a baby to a 14-year-old.

Easier said than understood: every single person around you has a story that is just as complex, crazy, and deep as yours.

Koinophobia is the fear of living an ordinary life. Things look smaller than you remember when you reflect or look from a distance.

A marvelous trick of editing, this video show’s a woman aging from girlhood without any stop-motion or abrupt cuts.

Rocks, pebbles, and sand. This fantastic analogy symbolizes how we can prioritize/organize our time.

A portrayal of a dystopian future in which time literally is money. You work to earn more time to live.

A movie clip showing the stark contrast between a normal day of drudgery and the same day lived with a sense of presence and gratitude.

A very touching animated short showing the passing of generations.

A fantastic homage to Time by the youtube channel Kurzgesagt.

Life After People
What would happen to planet earth if the human race were to suddenly disappear forever? Would ecosystems thrive? What remnants of our industrialized world would survive?

Wisdom from the Wait But Why Blog

Books

Quotes

  • “Just over two hundred years ago, Edward Rutledge signed the Declaration of Independence. His direct descendants are Goldie Hawn and Kate Hudson. What sort of odds would you have been willing to lay on that bet? You could be standing at his deathbed in 1800, with complete and total knowledge of his genetic makeup and the society in which he lived, and the chances that you’d predict this outcome would certainly approach zero.” – Seth Godin
  • Consider you have 5 years left — how would you spend it?
    • Now, modern science, and you have 300 years as a 30 year old — how to spend your time?
    • Now, think of your life in 5 year increments — last 3-5 chunks. And, 3-5 future chunks.
    • How will you consciously develop yourself?
    • How would you be if you could remember that in challenging moments?
  • “Life begins when a person first realizes how soon it will end.” – Marcelene Cox
  • “A man who dares to waste one hour of time has not discovered the value of life.” — Charles Darwin
  • “One starts to get young at 60, and then it is too late.” – Pablo Picasso

From “The Thinking Ladder” on WaitButWhy.com

From “How to Pick a Career (That Actually Fits You)” on WaitButWhy.com