We Are Never Finished

Aaron Pace
3 min readMay 8, 2024
Photo by Md. Abdullah Al Mamun on Unsplash

There are only two physical macro states in life: asleep and awake. Somewhere between one-sixth and one-third of life is spent sleeping. The rest of the time — between 16 and 20 hours per day — is divided into what we do and experience along the way.

Wake → Eat → Exercise → Work → Family time → Personal time → Sleep.

Repeat.

Those are the “buckets” of general classification for what I do and experience. Like so many, I spend far too much time in the eating and working buckets and far too little in the family time, personal time, and sleeping buckets.

Entropy is a lack of order or predictability; a gradual decline into disorder. Entropy appears to be one of those governing laws of the universe that shows up with relentless force in our everyday lives.

There’s a great line near the beginning of the animated film The Incredibles where Mr. Incredible, while being interviewed, says, “No matter how many times you save the world, it always manages to get back in jeopardy again. Sometimes I just want it to stay saved!! You know?! For a little bit.”

Mr. Incredible’s comment is applicable to the world and to our individual lives:

  • Weeds take over a green space that isn’t properly maintained.
  • Dishes pile up next to sinks.

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Aaron Pace

Married to my best friend. Father to five exuberant children. Fledgling entrepreneur. Writer. Software developer. Inventory management expert.