Why 201 months?

The blog started with one idea, went away, and came back with another

It’s December 9th, 2015. Less than a month ago, I heard a lecture from a guy called A.C. Grayling. During the talk, he pointed out that there are only 1,000 months in a theoretically average lifespan of 80 years.

Just let that sink in for a moment – at best, you and I have just 1,000 months to live.

It might sound a lot. But by your 20th birthday, you have already lived for 250 months – and you have spent more than 80 of them asleep. You will sleep for another 240 months by the time you hit 80. (Unless something else hits you first.) And suddenly, life begins to feel a bit… short.

There’s more.

Where I come from, in Western Europe, there’s this idea that you should be able to take it easy from about the age of 65. (For the benefit of future readers, this was called retirement.)

I took the 180 months between 65 and 80 off my total, which left me with 201 months – to play, to love, to live. This blog was going to be about what I did with those months. I wrote for a few months and then went quiet…


As explained in the post called “159 months”, the blog was reborn with a new idea. That of becoming a practical guide to “going within”. What does it mean? How do you do it? What happens when you do it? I don’t know the other questions, yet. It’s part journal, part guide and, I hope, useful to you in your own journey.

That’s all I know so far.

I was away for three years and much of that is relevant. Please feel free to contribute and ask questions. I’ll do what I can to provide answers.