David Orr references 300,000 hours as the hours a person has to decide on how to fill. It excludes early childhood hours in which we make no decisions (We all know that our most senior adult hours have that potential as well).
So what do we do with hours to waste? The headline number is not set in stone and can surprise us in either direction. Our concern is with a downward direction of surprise. All of us have to work on averages.
Speed is real. The older I get, the faster the hours advance. This has made me efficient. I am more aware of my choice of what to do. Seldom am I doing nothing. Of course, nothing is in the eye of the beholder.
David Orr in his book Beautiful & Pointless muses over this in reference to poetry. Poetry is apparently not as high on the important list as it once was. Or so he says. I live in a world of many poets, but then again, if you are not one, who is the reader? The answer may be kind of like the over used reference to Indians and chiefs.
Without today’s technological advancements, I would have lost the battle long ago. I am not my father’s son; my devices allow me to do more with my 300,000 hours. I guess they always will. Remember the horse?