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Your Life In Weeks

How many weeks have you lived?

How many do you have left?

This tool will help you visualize where you are by showing you how many weeks of your expected life have gone by.

Here's the tool, which is simple enough. Enter your age, see how many weeks you've lived, and how many you have left, by year.

Then receive an output that looks something like this (except covering all of your expected lifespan), showing how many weeks of your expected lifespan you've completed and how many you have left:

This is an open edition NFT of an HTML page, stored persistently on Arweave; renderings done locally via JS (inputs are not stored). You can save the output as an SVG or PNG for printing if you like. Keep an NFT in your web3 wallet like a persistent bookmark, and reminder of the message.

This is donationware - mint if you find it useful and would like to contribute. Otherwise, just enjoy by loading the HTML page at any time!

Now - the WHY. Maybe you are thinking, this is dark, I don’t want to think about this, it is scary, I am quite happy where I am now, these are thoughts for end days.

Sure, ok, that is fine. But I will tell you the most inspiring people I know live closest to death.

What do I mean ‘live closest to death’?

I mean they have a genuine appreciation for how little time they have here, in this life, among all this beauty, with these people, a statistical anomaly among the much likelier outcome of never having been born at all.

Consider a few great examples of this type of thinking from folks around here, who embody living fully — right now. We start of course with @waitbutwhy's breakdown of how to think about your life this way, including comparisons to some famous people.

Here's @punk6529 on the simple math of how little time you have left with the people you love most.

And here's @SahilBloom on who you spend your time with over the course of your life, in graphs - another must read.

Here’s @waitbutwhy again, positioning this thought process in the timeline of the entire universe!

And perhaps my personal favorite, Carl Sagan’s famous ‘pale blue dot’ quote, but with a more recent image from the Cassini mission as it turned its camera to look back at Earth from under the rings of Saturn.

Look again at that dot. That's here. That's home. That's us. On it everyone you love, everyone you know, everyone you ever heard of, every human being who ever was, lived out their lives. The aggregate of our joy and suffering, thousands of confident religions, ideologies, and economic doctrines, every hunter and forager, every hero and coward, every creator and destroyer of civilization, every king and peasant, every young couple in love, every mother and father, hopeful child, inventor and explorer, every teacher of morals, every corrupt politician, every "superstar," every "supreme leader," every saint and sinner in the history of our species lived there—on a mote of dust suspended in a sunbeam.

— Carl Sagan, Pale Blue Dot, 1994

All of these thinkers and writers carry on a tradition of contemplating one’s own mortality that is cast into sharp relief as one considers the brevity of life in the vast cosmic scheme of things. Good luck, fellow traveler on this organic spaceship we call Earth. ❤‍🔥🌈

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