Have you ever thought of the rest of your life in days? I love playing with numbers and often do, usually to calculate how much I spend, how much I save or anything else that has to do with money. But yesterday, my son decided to calculate how old we were in days. Obviously he was really bored, 2 hours in the car with no internet access!!! So How Many Days Do You Think You Have Left To Live?
And by the way (for those of you who may care) the skiing was amazing, I just wish my muscles wouldn’t hurt as much today!
How Old Are We In Days?
He is going to be 17 years old in 2 months, so he is 6,140 days old! Awww, still a baby:)
Then we did mine; I am 18,520 days old! For some of you it may seem high but, honestly, it is nowhere near what I expected! I feel so much older when I think of my age in years! 50 soon to be 51! But 18,520 days makes me feel younger! And you are as young as you feel.
Want to know how old you are in days? There is an on-line calculator!
So then we proceeded to calculate how many days I thought I had left to live. We all use some sort of estimate to calculate our retirement needs and FI requirements but I never looked at it in days. We could have used the Canadian average life expectancy for women which is 83 as of 2017 but since both my parents past-away at 80 I thought it would be a better estimate in this case. They both died of lung cancer and neither one of them smoked! Cancer seems to be the main cause of death in my entire family!
Using this calculator, I came up with 85.2 but it didn’t ask anything about my family medical history so I am going to stick with 80! For retirement planning, I do use 85. I would hate to run out of money past 80!
10,585 Days Left To Live!
So that’s another 29 years and 3 month for me or 10,585 days! Maybe another 1,825 days if I make it to 85 but I won’t hold my breath (definitely not if I want to make it to 85).
Wow 10,585 doesn’t seem like much! 29 years made me feel like I had a lot of time, in days I feel like it’s going to fly by. Tomorrow, I will be down to 10,584! Did I make today worth it? Did I just waste my day or did I take full advantage of it? Could I have done anything differently to make it even better? It really feels like I shouldn’t be wasting any time at all! No more bad days, there are just not enough of them left to waste!
Don’t Waste Your Days!
So effective today, anytime I am having a bad or unproductive day, I will try to remind myself of how many days I have left and hopefully smarten up and not waste it! Life is truly too short. I will try not to let burst pipes, job loss or my busy schedule get in the way of enjoying each day.
How about you, how many days do you think you have left to live? Do you find it makes a difference when you look at it in days vs. years? Maybe you could set up financial goals for each day instead of years! Would FI seem more reachable? Do you have a system to get you out of a funk when you realize you are having a bad day? How do you estimate your life expectancy when planning for FI ?