Well, for the first part, it’s because you are (generally speaking) at this point, halfway through your life!

But I got a massive surprise when I researched the life expectancy of women living in South Africa.

A sobering surprise for sure!

as statistics go

According to worllifeexpectancy.com, my timeline of life living in South Africa is 67!

You can imagine my surprise at reading that! Loads of exclamation marks today, aren’t there?!

If I am to believe this little statistic then theoretically, I have 17 more years to live. That’s where the “sobering” comes in.

Why am I back on this timeline thing anyway?

I am busy preparing for pilgrimage in June 2022.

This will be an important month and year for me, because I not only turn the big 5-0, but I am off to my beloved Camino de Santiago.

This in itself is huge, because it’s my first time back since we were all placed under lockdown. I’ve also had to cancel two previous pilgrimages during this time – like millions of other travellers.

It’s also going to be my first pilgrimage when I will get together with some pretty important people in my life. These people who have been with me in my online journey, who to that point in the future, I have only spent “cyber hours” with.

So there I was, doing a bit of reading and a bit of planning – before a trip this planning always keeps me excited – and then I realised that if I live to 100 then I am halfway through my life.

Halfway down my timeline.

Read my previous blog on this here:

The Future Is Now! | Perpetual Pilgrim (perpetualpilgrim1006.com)

but i live everyday

When I wrote “The Future is Now” I wasn’t facing my 50th year on earth. So while that thought was very sobering, it got me thinking, just how different I am these days.

I am far less fearful about the future. I also understand that I always had this impending expiry date, because that’s what keeps us all humbly together as human beings.

But for the most part, I live my life every day. In fact, since my pilgrimage, my life has been focused on living according to my dreams and aligned with my core values.

I harp on a bit about core values, but I do so because they are fundamentally important to living our lives fully. To live every day, so that when I am faced with this milestone birthday, I don’t feel powerless and defeated in my life.

I have no regrets.

there is no future, because the future is now

But back to this life expectancy stat!

While none of us knows when our expiry dates are, thanks be to God for that mercy; the point is that there is a date sometime up ahead on our timeline when all of this comes to an end.

Death is a certainty, as much as taxes are.

And if I am to believe that 67 is the average lifeline of a woman living in South Africa, or that I will be blessed to live to 100 years old, the only relevance this has for me is that my future is right now.

Right now, at this moment!

But this isn’t about when I am going to die, or when you are going to die either; the real question is how are we going to live, from this moment?

here’s a visual to put things into perspective

So, you can bet one thing!

Whether it’s seventeen years left, or another 50, my life presents itself to me every day that I wake up. Every day that I am blessed and grateful to open up my eyes.

That is when our future comes to us as well. It isn’t in the tomorrows, and the next weeks, or next months or years – it’s in every breath that we take.

Every single day offers us an opportunity to move towards our hopes and dreams – and I am a fan of hopes and dreams. But I am now also an even bigger fan of making those hopes and dreams a reality.

Because you can bet one thing – that if we ever wait for the perfect time to do what we want to do with our lives, it will never happen. 

And that’s why turning 50 is such a big deal. It’s a reminder to us all to be grateful for the time that has passed us, and it’s even a bigger reminder to make sure that we draw every ounce of life, out of every day until there is no more air in our lungs.

 

Weekly Blog by Robyn-Lee Nichols aka The Perpetual Pilgrim

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