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“As you get older three things happen. The first is your memory goes, and I can’t remember the other two.”
– Norman Wisdom


Last month I celebrated my 58th birthday. As I grow older and after a number of decades on this planet, I have an increasing appreciation that I am travelling down (hopefully not too quickly) the other side of the mountain. It was with this thought in mind that I began my “marble initiative”.
Specifically, four years ago I went out and purchased 100 rather brightly coloured marbles, each one reflecting the number of years I plan to live. I’ve always been an optimist at heart and figured 100 had a nice ring to it! On October 20th of each year I simply transfer a marble from one mason jar to the other. I find this a useful metaphor that gives me no choice but to pay attention to every single day.. I also cannot help but notice that one jar (years left) is shrinking fast compared to the other jar (years lived) … but of course this is the entire point.