It’s a collection of notes. To myself.
Here’s how 19,000 Days started. (But it’s different now)
Several years ago we began sharing ideas about the lives we were living compared to the lives we wanted to live. We found it incredibly unsettling how much time we spent doing activities that did not work towards our life goals – and that there was no urgency to do anything about it.
We felt we were getting lured into a comfortable existence with unchallenging day-to-day endeavors and a lack of opportunity to meet new people. We knew we had to motivate ourselves to do something different. But how?
This is where the concept of 19,000 Days came from; it’s the amount of time until our bodies would no longer allow us to pursue our goals.
In other words, it’s the number of days left until we die.
Some have called the concept morbid or depressing but it should be just the opposite – it should be the most invigorating perspective you ever get.
Putting a deadline on anything creates urgency and that’s exactly what we’re doing here; creating urgency in our lives. Urgency to live lives that we are proud of. Lives that we’ll look back on and smile.
So in that spirit, Jenna and I decided to quit our jobs and travel the world for almost the entirety of 2015. Our trip began in New Zealand and took us through 19 countries over 11 months. We dove on the Great Barrier Reef, meditated in Thailand, taught English in Hanoi, harvested grapes in Italy and were forever changed by the kindness we experienced all over the globe.
But now things are different.
Since returning, we’ve changed our mailing address to Denver, CO and are creating a new life for ourselves at base of the Rockies. Even though no longer in a travel context, the time since our trip has continued to bring profound lessons and experiences.
From diet/fitness to productivity to mental health to relationships – there are so many areas where our lives have been made better. And I thought it best to continue documenting them here, but in a different way.
I’ve decided to start writing this blog as notes to myself.
Write to explain concepts I still don’t quite understand. Write to remind myself of important principles I may otherwise forget. Write to document life’s wonderful story.
I frankly don’t feel qualified to tell others how to live their life, I’m still figuring mine out every day. But I’ve learned that while vastly different, many of our lives follow similar narratives filled with similar challenges.
So, while my intention is selfish, it’s my hope that these notes lead to more fulfillment in other’s lives.
To making them count.