I have just learned that 594,629 hours is the world average of life expectancy for human beings.

According to my calculations, I have already crossed that average and am on the right side of the parabola of a distribution curve, with 618240 hours already clocked.Β  Considering that I live in India where the figure is much less at 553632, this zaps me.

That makes me feel blessed and also encourages me to treat every coming hour as a bonus to be lived to the fullest.

How about you?

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41 Responses to Bonus.

  1. Ursula says:

    How to start the year on a downer, Ramana.

    I don’t like information like that. It means nothing. I could leave the house in a few hours (when it gets light) and be hit by a loose canon. I might do a Virginia Woolf, find a stone and end it all before my seconds are up. On the other hand I might live, like I hope you will, to a dotty 120 years telling any passing child how nothing (apart from me) is so last century any longer.

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  2. Nandu Pillai says:

    The biggest bonus is to be reasonably healthy and be able to live ,
    move around / travel unaided . I have already crossed the Indian Bonus threshold and will cross the Global one in 2015 . But in my case there is a very strange , perhaps unique , “threshold” that comes every year on 31st December . My Father , his brother and their Father all passed away on 31st December ( different years of course ) . So a New Year celebration has a completely different meaning for me !

    • Ursula says:

      Nandu, that is awful: The curse of a particular date. Maternal side of my family are obsessed with it. And what do you know: Come, say, the age my grandfather moved to the place where greater fish are to be caught his sons will drop. Which leaves me with one uncle. He is only 80 so – by way of comforting him and doing the maths – told him that he has got another six years to go.

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    • Actually Nandu the best bonus is to die young. And since we are not good we have not.

    • bikehikebabe says:

      How creepy. Good thing you’re not male or you’d be next to die. πŸ˜€

      • Nandu Pillai says:

        Cant agree with that ( dying young ) – curiosity as to what the world will be like , how our kids/grandkids fare etc are some reasons for wanting to stay’ alive . In any case barring suicide or secret death wishes we have no control over when we depart .

    • Nandu, that is hard. The month of February is like that in my family. We are all a bit punchy in February…hoping the other shoe doesn’t drop!
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  3. Over twenty years ago I kept telling my work colleagues that we didn’t have that many hours yet, we had to make the most of them. They thought I was a bit crazy, but it’s been a great twenty years. πŸ™‚
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  4. Cathy in NZ says:

    I found this blog post a bit hard to deal with…but I think I might relate slightly to Ursula that I’m in the bonus time, and tomorrow I could be hit by a passing car, whilst crossing a local road to get my groceries…on the other hand it would be shame because I have a lot more to accomplish!
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  5. I have a way to go before I hit the average, but I fully expect to pass it by a good bit.
    Secret Agent Woman recently posted..Off to a good start.

  6. Keith says:

    Blood oath Ramana.

  7. Maxi says:

    You got all those hours ’cause you live right, Rummy. I don’t have a clue about my hours, just know I will be 73 in June.
    blessings ~ maxi
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  8. tammyj says:

    i do not tell time! i don’t even like those little hour glass thingys.
    just crawling along like a snail with its shell looking on the forest floor for goodies while the conflagration soars on overhead! LOL.
    LOL is my smiley face. grinny face. laughing face.
    maybe us snails. we snails? us snails will get the last laugh.
    tammyj recently posted..NEVER COULD

    • You as a snail is a vision that I find difficult to assimilate. Not even a tortoise. We, us what difference does it make as long as we understand each other?

  9. Well, I’m with you, Ramana. No matter what the calculations, I realize that I am in no position to waste hours. The question is for me…as Pema Chodron says, “If death is certain, and time of death is uncertain; what is important?”
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  10. Smile away, Ramana. It is a good way to spend your bonus.
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