Only after I performed a fairly lackluster version of Cho's traditional Birthday Questions at dinner with The Prof last night did I see Kevin Kelly's muy interasante post today about his Life Countdown. The explanation of his "project" (basically literally counting his days until death) intrigues me...
"My hope was that a reckoning of my numbered days would help me account for how I spend each precious 24 hours, and to focus my attention and energy on those few tasks and projects I deem most important to me. Indeed, it might help me decide which ones are most important, which is the harder assignment.
What I wanted was a great big flashing sign that would show up on my computer and shout out to me how many days I had remaining. Then I would try to use my blog to record what how I spent the day to keep me honest. A wasted day would reveal its loss in the empty lower count the next day. I figured that mounting an automatic personal countdown sign should be pretty easy, and something that others might want to do as well."
Coming up on my own transition to 30, I decided that Kelly's reasoning might enhance my current state of soul searching. According to Kelly's procedure, which I followed, and assuming the general Life Expectancy Table he referenced is fairly correct, I will live to be 80.5 years old, which puts my date of death (based on my birthday of November 16, 1977) at Sunday, May 16, 2058. As of today, I have 18,492 days (or 50 years, 6 months, +51 days) left in my life.
Guess I better book that birthday trip soon.