“There will never be New Year if you continue copying the mistakes of old years.” – Luís de Camões
The average life expectancy in Portugal is 78 years, in Brazil it’s 73. Right now, many people of Portugal are looking at the numbers with satisfaction, and Brazil with the opposite feeling, as if this 5 -year difference in life expectancy would add or withdraw life from someone. 5 years? It has no importance, actually, if we took 30 or 40 years out of the average life of a large proportion of people, nothing would be noticed in society, or in the lives of their families or even in the people involved. Why? Simply because the REAL average life expectancy, both in Portugal and in Brazil is about 20 years. We spent our childhood learning, developing skills, abilities. A good part of adolescence is the time of the discoveries of the world, others and oneself. Then there are studies or work and life stops.
For 40 or 50 or 60 years the differences in life, attitude, personal development and growth as a person are virtually zero. If you don’t stay on your feet, you will think that you live in 2015 but in fact you are still living in 1997. No new year without new – life.
When you reach the age of 78, or 73, depending on the case, and you look at the last 2 or 3 decades, make sure you actually lived, year after year, month after month, day after day.
- Are you better today than you were yesterday? Have you done something, no matter how small, that has made you become more accomplished?
- How about this week, and this month?
- Your personal and professional life are the level of your best years, or even better?
If not, it might be a good idea to rethink the direction of your life. Stop worrying about the average life expectancy and think of what a tragedy it would be for you to arrive at the age of 80 having lived only 20.