With Just One Year

I was watching a video about squids with one of my daycare kids because squids came up in our conversation, and she wasn’t sure what they looked like. Anyway, I stumbled upon a short video by National Geographic. It was nothing special, but there was one thing the narrator said that struck me.

He said that, on average, squids live only one year, but they do a lot in that time, and I thought,

“Wow. One year. If I had just one year, what would I do? Would narrators be able to say that I did a lot?”

When I talked to my husband about it, he said, “I wouldn’t work if I knew I only had one year.”

I think that’s what most people would say, unless they completely loved their jobs. It’s a romantic idea to not work – to just live and live and live, but as I thought about it, reality struck, so I said,”Okay, but how would you live? How would you live with no money to pay for anything?” He thought for a minute, then looked at me and said, “I’d steal.”

I just started laughing because I know he would never resort to a life of crime just so he didn’t have to work…even if he did only have one year.

As I sit here thinking about squids, I can’t help but think about my own life.

What is it about being human that makes us so unable to understand time? We know we are mortal, but we live like we aren’t. We know our time on earth is limited, but we wait and wait to get anything done – to do the things we really want to do, to pursue the dreams God has placed in our hearts.

What if we looked at our lifespan like it was a squid’s? What if we looked at 85 or 90 years like the short time it really is?

Would I do anything differently?





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