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79 years, that's the average lifespan of an American citizen.
If you're in Japan, it's 83.
Canada, 82.
68 in India and Sierra Leone, 50.
79 years but not all of those are free.
If you sleep eight hours a day, you'll sleep for about a third of your life,
which cuts that down to fifty three years
If you're like 68 percent of American students,
you'll study from kindergarten to grade 12 and then head to college right after.
This takes 3 years worth of time from your life,
and brings the total down to 50.
If you spend a typical 45 years of your life working full-time at 40 hours a week,
this amounts to 93 thousand and 6 hundred hours or 12 years of time,
which brings a toll down to 38 years.
If you retire at the current average age of 63,
you'll spend about 16 years of your life in retirement which might be nice,
but some statistics show that 68 percent of people over the age of 65
suffer from some sort of disablement and require long-term care,
so that's not exactly the freest time in your life.
So that brings a total down to 22 years.
The average American spends a little over 10 percent of their life cooking, cleaning, eating or doing housework.
This amounts to 8 years of their life and brings a total down to 14 years.
The average American will spend a bit over two and a half percent of the life taking care of kids or family,
which amounts to roughly 2 years and brings the total down to 12 years.
I think most people will agree that those activities are fairly standard and usually considered non-negotiables.
They're gonna happen in our lives,
so that means we have twelve years worth of absolute freedom, right?
Well if you're a typical young adult, you spend about five hours a day on your phone,
which amounts to 118 thousand 6 hundred 25 hours over your lifetime,
or roughly fifteen years.
So there goes all your free time.
or maybe you're not like those young adults you don't even have a phone.
But if you're like the average american, you spend about 2.5 hours a day watching television,
amounting to 57 thousand 9 hundred and 33 hours over the average life,
or 7 years that would bring your total down to 5 years.
This is assuming you only watch 2.5 hours a day and that you start watching at the age of 15.
So in reality this number is probably a lot higher in the modern day,
so it's at this point I should ask you how do you feel?
Did it make you sad, happy, shock or maybe angry?
Because how you feel about this data is you telling yourself
something important about your own life.
What it didn't say is that, yes, we're going to spend 12 years worth of time at work.
But what if it's work that we love?
If we spend the 8 years of our life involved in cooking, cleaning and eating,
preparing the best food and maintaining good hygiene,
We might be a lot healthier heading into retirement and not require long-term care.
So those 16 years may actually be quite free
That time spent eating are we mindlessly eating,
or are we being present and enjoying the flavors and every bite?
When we're taking care of our kids or family,
are we thinking about what happened in the past or the future?
Are we indulging in the present and making new memories?
Are we truly enjoying the time we spend on our phones,
or are we mindlessly scrolling through an infinite loop of articles videos and information.
Do we enjoy watching TV?
Or is it just something to do when there's nothing to do?
The exact precision of the numbers I've presented isn't important
What is important is the feeling the information gave you.
What I'm trying to say is that life, even if we are truly free for the whole 79 years is extremely short.
Life has been around for 3.8 billion years on Earth.
You and I are just the tiniest of tiny specks in existence
whether we like it or not our clocks are constantly draining.
Our most precious asset, our time, is constantly being fought over and we might never come back.
If you're working a job you hate, that's 12 years of your life gone.
If you aren't healthy or financially prepared for retirement,
that's another 16 years gone.
If you're in the habit of constantly checking your phone or going home and watching TV on the couch all day,
and you don't really enjoy these activities, that's at least another 10 years of your life gone.
So it's time to make a decision.
We can do what we think we're supposed to do, or what people tell us to do.
Passively let life pass by and keep on thinking that we have a lot of time left,
constantly think about the past and worry about the future,
lose an hour here and an hour there and keep waiting for tomorrow
Or we can truly understand the shortness of life and start taking control of it.
Start appreciating each moment for what it really is.
A moment we'll never get back and become deliberate with our actions.
I'm not advocating anyone hastily quit their job or drop out of school.
Not at all.
Self disciplined and delayed gratification are great tools that can be used to maximize overall freedom and enjoyment in life
The only thing I'm advocating is to be mindful of how we spend our own time.
Let's go back to that average value of 12 years of freedom for a second.
That amounts to a hundred and five thousand and a hundred and twenty hours.
Assuming that the 10,000 hour rule is correct,
if you use those 12 years of free time perfectly,
You could become world class in about 10 different activities.
That's crazy, and I've never heard of anyone doing that
and it's probably because humans aren't capable of being that efficient
But if you have at least one big dream in life,
I hope you're constantly moving your life towards that
and don't care about what other people have to say
because you legitimately don't have the time.
but if you focus on your craft and are mindful of your time
I don't think there's any reason you can't become world-class in at least one thing.
Life's too short and you never know when it's gonna end.
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你的人生,真的就這麼短 (This Is How Short Your Life Is.)

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韓澐 發佈於 2017 年 10 月 29 日   Alvin He 翻譯   Ann 審核

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相信大家平常有空閒時都會花很多時間在滑手機、耍廢吧?但你知道嗎?雖然說人類平均能夠活到七、八十歲,但在扣掉上班、上學所花費的時間後,我們可以自由利用的時間真的、真的很少!快來看看影片,瞭解一下人類的一生到底有多麽短暫,時間對我們而言又是多麽的可貴。

1full-time0:46
full-time 這個字指的是「全職」,而 full-time job 則是所謂的「全職工作」。若要詳細定義,則一般認為全職工作者每週會工作至少 35 個小時 (含以上)。而和 full-time 相對的自然就是我們常常聽的 part-time 了。 part-time 中文為「兼職」,一般指的是「工讀」,所以求職網站上常常看到公司要徵工讀生時,都會寫說要徵 PT ,也就是 part-time 的縮寫。此外,最近實習風氣盛行,實習生我們稱為 intern ,實習計畫本身則叫做 internship 喔!
This is a full-time job, so make sure you can come to the office everyday.
這是一份全職工作,所以請你務必確認能夠每天來公司。

I'm planning to apply for VoiceTube's internship.
我計畫要申請 VoiceTube 的實習生計畫。


2disablement1:06
disablementdisable 的名詞,表示「傷殘」。影片中就有提到,很多人在 65 歲之後會因各種可能碰上的傷殘而需要有人照護。此外,若在 disable 後面加上 d 、變成 disabled 的話,則可拿來指「身障人士」。以前也有 handicapped 這個說法,但目前已經因為這個字隱含著對於身障人士的歧視之意而慢慢被大家避免掉了喔!另外,如果想要用更加委婉的方式表達,那麼則可以用 physically challenged ,這個字直翻為「生理上受到挑戰」,跟「身障」的意思是一樣的。
Suffering from some kind of disablement, the kid had to drop out of school.
受到傷殘疾病所苦,那個孩子必須暫時休學。

It is incredible that the physically challenged girl won the marathon.
那個身障女孩贏了馬拉松比賽,令人感到很驚奇。


3involved in2:39
在解釋這個片語之前,讓我們先來複習一下 involve 的意思吧!如果查字典的話會發現 involveincludecontain 一樣都有「包含」的意思。不過比較不同的是, involve 所包含的東西通常都是「不可或缺的重要元素」,如:
My new job involves a lot of traveling, so I need to buy a new suitcase.
我的新工作需要常常外出旅行,所以我必須買一個新的行李箱。


上述句子中,由於「旅行」是新工作裡非常重要的一個部分,因此使用 involve 來表達。那麼 involved in 呢? involved in 指的是「捲入」、「涉及」,且由於這個片語是被動用法,因此前面通常會加上 be 動詞。
It is reported that the new prime minister is involved in a bribery scandal.
據報導,那位新上任的總理涉及了賄賂事件。


*同場加映:
18種類型的亞洲女生 妳是哪一種?


4deliberate4:26
deliberate 算是這支影片中比較難的單字,並且它同時有動詞跟形容詞兩種用法。若為形容詞,則指「深思熟慮的」、「慎重的」、或是「蓄意的」;若當動詞,就表示「仔細考慮」、「商討」。可以藉由下面兩個例句來分別詞性:
After a long discussion with my parents, I've made a deliberate decision to give up the opportunity to go to Harvard.
在與父母進行過漫長的討論後,我做了一個慎重的決定,打算放棄進入這間知名大學的機會。

They spent two hours in the meeting room deliberating over whether to cancel the project or not.
他們花了兩個小時在會議室裡商討是否該放棄這個計畫。


此外,很多人會好奇: deliberatethink 之間的差別是什麼?我們都知道 think 是單純的「想」、「思考」,而 deliberate 特別指「按部就班地、仔細且認真地進行考慮」喔!

*同場加映:
兩種學習英文單字的方法


天啊,看完影片後,真的覺得不能再每天浪費一堆時間滑 IG 跟臉書了⋯⋯趕快把握當下,去做自己真正想要做的事吧!

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