What would you do if you were constantly reminded that the seconds of your life were ticking away, bringing you closer and closer to the end of life? I was told I had years to live.
To be more precise, I had 48 years. Moment by moment they were ticking away. We often think of how old we are but not about how many years we have left on this Earth. I used to have a watch called Tikker…a wristband reminder of my mortality, like a Fitbit for the soul. Using a rough formula that factors in age and health, it determines your life expectancy and counts down. Second by second, my Tikker made me aware of my impending death and my response to it.
You would think that a death watch would make me fearful of time—paralyzed by the thought of death. But my immediate response was an overwhelming understanding that my life had just started. Everything in the past became the past. Sure, shit had happened, but why let that weigh me down? There was so much life to live. Here are three questions I asked myself and ones you can ask yourself to get closer to fulfillment, especially when you're feeling overwhelmed.