Saturday, November 19, 2011

700,800 Hours

700,800 hours is how many hours we live in 80 years. Wow, that's all? Yes, that's all. Each semester that I taught community college English classes, I began the first class with this fact, and my students were always shocked. They thought they had at least a million hours or more. That's what I always thought too, until one day I did the math. We don't even get a million hours if we live to be 100!

But even the 700,800 hours is misleading because we spend one third of those hours sleeping and another third or so going to school, working, and taking care of everyday matters like eating and showering. So, at best, we probably have one third of our time, or approximately 233,600 hours, to do the things that define us, that make us who we are. That's not a lot of hours, is it?

Recently, I turned 60 and did not receive classes to teach from my community college due to budget cuts. I miss my students very much because I love intellectual interaction, the discussion of every topic under the sun from a variety of perspectives. I also realize that I have fewer than 58,000 hours until I'm 80 (if I live that long) to finish defining myself. So, what do I want to do with my remaining hours (besides read as many books as possible, of course)?  What I want to do is consider just about everything, share my thoughts, and hear yours, on the big questions of life and the not so big.

To that end, I welcome you to my brand new blog. Hope you enjoy it, and hope you will comment often.

Take care,

Kate

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40 comments:

  1. Consider me a regular reader! I will enjoy reading all that you write, just as I have enjoyed your wit and wisdom in the three decades that we have been friends.

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  2. Another regular...I miss your class too...I must say you were one of my best teachers ever you are so inspiring & I love & enjoy all your thoughts,questions,& opinions.Can't wait to read more :)

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  3. Mario's comment from Facebook:
    Mario Villarreal Jr. "Miss Kathleen! I was in super shock when u gave this fact to our class! It is very unbelievable how we have so little time yet it may feel long! Choose your time wisely on this earth is what I say do the things you want to do and do not live in regret:) keep blogging :) I'll keep reading"

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  4. Tradition has it that time spent fishing isn't substracted from the human lifespan. Here's hoping the same proves true of hours spent blogging.

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  5. Kathleen, What a terrific "kickoff" for your blog! It was thought provoking,to say the least! It also reminded me that I should be working on my blog! I have a site set up, but I've yet to write on it! Somehow, I always feel as though I have nothing "fresh and new" (as in this posting!) to say. On the other hand, one of my [economics] professors always told me that I "sold myself short". So, as always, you're an inspiration! Thanks, Kathleen!

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