One great thing about having small children is that they make you spend time on things that matter: them. Don't wait before climbing that mountain or writing that book or visiting your mother. Every time we go to the store and buy a pencil, we are exchanging a little bit of our services for the infinitesimal amount of services that each of the thousands contributed toward producing the pencil.
Thanks to Jessica Livingston and Geoff Ralston for reading drafts of this. You think you can always write that book, or climb that mountain, or whatever, and then you realize the window has closed. That gave me a way to answer the question, and the answer is that life actually is short. An example that will be familiar to a lot of people is arguing online. Your instinct when attacked is to defend yourself. A childhood friend who listened really listened to a particular heartbreak of mine; who offered no advice or admonishment; and when I cried, he cried too. And yet bullshit does have a distinctive character. The saddest windows close when other people die. You can also find links to older essays on documented essay strucutre this site. There's something fake about. The essays are meant to be examples of what an ielts candidate could do in just 40 minutes. I remember pulling on fuzzy hospital-issued socks with trembling legs and chattering teeth. .
Life is Short - Paul Graham
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