On Borrowed Time

by Jason Kotecki on · 10 comments


We went to the funeral of friend’s mom recently. She died sud­denly of a heart attack while at home with her hus­band, who was only into his sec­ond week of retire­ment. When my father-in-law Gary heard the news and learned that they were both in the same age range, he reflected, “Wow. I guess I’m really on bor­rowed time.”

He’s right. But not just because he was diag­nosed with severe rheuma­toid arthri­tis in his twen­ties and prob­a­bly hasn’t had a pain-free day since then. And not just because he con­tin­ues to amaze his doc­tors with how long he’s been able to keep on going. No, he’s right because we are ALL on bor­rowed time.

That becomes obvi­ous when we hear of sud­den heart attacks and car acci­dents. When we are faced with sto­ries of tor­na­does that drop out of the sky, end­ing lives at ran­dom, or see the after­math of trou­bled souls who decided chil­dren are suit­able tar­gets for acts of terrorism.

Life expectancy may be 78 but that doesn’t mean we can expect to make it there.

Gary is on bor­rowed time. I’m on bor­rowed time. And so are you. The real ques­tion is, how are we invest­ing this time we are borrowing?

By watch­ing more TV? Keep­ing busy with activ­i­ties that don’t really mat­ter? Stay­ing put on a career path we don’t really like?

Or are we build­ing some­thing won­der­ful by liv­ing with a sense of urgency and mak­ing hard choices that lead to a bet­ter story and a last­ing legacy?

The choice is yours. But hurry, the clock is ticking.

by Jason Kotecki

Jason Kotecki is an artist, author, and pro­fes­sional speaker. Jason and his wife Kim (a for­mer kinder­garten teacher) make it their mis­sion in life to fight Adul­ti­tis and help peo­ple use strate­gies from child­hood to design lives with less stress and more fun. Stop by www.KimandJason.com for more tips for escap­ing adulthood.
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