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The 100 year Life Calendar "Viva Forever"

Honoring a lifetime's worth of achievements more than a golden watch ever can.

 


Life Calendar “Viva Forever”
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The Story

Something that wasn’t there before

This calendar is a variation of the Kalenderkind calendar “Little Boxes” which I created for myself in order to see my entire life on a single sheet of paper. Then one day, as I was browsing aimlessly I came across news on the James Webb Space Telescope . An idea struck me. There are scientists who must have worked their entire career on this one single project. What do friends, children or colleges of these scientists give people like this to honor this kind of dedication? And what if the Telescope never happens after all these years of work. Is that still a “good life”?

I thought about how my calendar would have to be different in order to honor a life spend on advancing an idea for the benefit of us all. Surely a black and white design with boxes wasn’t going to cut it. In contrast to my own ordinary life, some people achieved important things. That calls for a different design. What would a calendar have to look like that would contain things like “worked an a telescope for 20 years”. I ended up using a visual metaphor of a roman architecture to say this about a human life:

There is something that is built or created in every human life that wasn’t there before. Something that is left behind for others to find and built on.

 

 

And what does the guy get who only delivered the food that kept the team alive to do their work? There is an appreciation vacuum everywhere in and around great projects that no golden watch or warm handshake can fill. I think in a time where everyone has everything, nothing beats a piece of paper where people have written in their own handwriting what they think this person has built and will be leaving behind for others to find and built on.

So this calendar is my contribution to the subject. As with all Kalenderkind projects, it’s title is inspired by a song, in this case “Viva Forever” by the Spice Girls.

Live forever, for the moment, ever searching for the one.

 

100 years, 1200 months, 36891 days

Just like “Little Boxes”, this calendar shows all days of a 100 year life, but here, the idea is to simply circle a day and write down above or below, what the person accomplished.

I’m picturing a situation where a  James Webb Telescope team of scientists would give this to someone in their team who was always there, all those 20 years, to do a particular task, but who will most likely never show up in any honor listings or press coverages, and who will never get that watch, or that handshake either.

They would pass this poster around and each one would write on it what they remember that person doing a particular day throughout all those years. All those little accomplishments and victories would get their place, all failures along the way, too. I’m picturing how this person would react to seeing his life’s worth of accomplishments being honored this way, despite them living in the shadows of the big achievements and the big players. Someone like that always knows that one will never be seen yet without this contribution, none of the big stuff would have been possible. To me, these people and their achievements are much more important than who shot the winning goal this week.

I think the world needs more appreciation. We need a wall in our house reserved  for seeing what we did with this life. What we have achieved, in spite of everything. What we have built so others can build upon it. Maybe then the spilled coffee this morning will not weigh in so heavily.

If you are interested to get a calendar like this to honor someone special. Klick on the Etsy link below.


Life Calendar “Viva Forever”
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