How much time do you have left?

I can hold my breath for 97 seconds, and that’s how much time I have left.

So how long can you hold your breath without breathing? Because that determines how much time do you have left.

People don’t understand that time is a limited supply. While it may seem fair that everyone has 24 hours to spend a day, which is equivalent to 1,440 minutes or 86,400 seconds, but certainly not everyone has 365 days, or 8,760 hours, or 525,600  minutes, or 31,536,000 seconds to spend. Always remember not everyone is getting the same amount of time as us. And not everyone is able to wake up each morning.

With that in mind, the best gift someone can give you is time, because in a perspective, they are giving up a portion of their life that they will never get back. Therefore, time has a meaningful way of showing someone that you truly care. It’s something that you cannot own and definitely something you cannot buy. Once it’s gone, you will never get it back. As a result, time is priceless because you can make more money but you cannot make more time.

Life is like taking a test that you didn’t study for. Before anything comes across you, you must take the time to make mistakes and spend some precious time alone to truly understand who you are and what you have. When you’re spending time alone, everything will inevitably be put into perspective. So, go take the time to be alone, and go take the time to wisely invest on yourself either by reading a book or keeping a diary for constant self-evaluation. Time is short and it’s best to waste it wisely by spending the time to be close with yourself and create what you want for your future so you don’t have to spend the rest of your life regretting and wondering.

Like what I said earlier, my biggest mistake is I always think I have enough time. I have come across a brutal realization that time is what I desire but it is also what I do worst. As strange and somewhat ironic as it sounds, it is only through time for an individual to learn to appreciate what he or she has before time forces that person to appreciate what he or she had.

Now let’s go back to our first question: How much time do you have left? For a healthy person like you, you roughly have about anywhere between a minute to two minutes to hold your breath, depending on your lung capacity, of course. For old people who are in their high 80s, they probably can hold their breath and count up to about 35 seconds. And for dying people who are in the very final stage of aggressive cancer, they can only make it to 10 seconds — and that’s how much time they have left.

So, how much do you have left?

Have a great day,

J.H. Yeh


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