On June 30, 2022, John Curley will be dead.
"I will be 60-years-old, and I will be dead," the talk host tells his show staff on 97.3 KIRO FM's John Curley Show. "I have put an expiration on myself, that I will be dead in ten years."
The auctioneer and talk show host will be turning 50 on June 30 and the milestone apparently got him thinking.
"I need a finish line," says Curley. "I read one place one time that the average person running in a race will run the last 300 yards almost 20 times faster than they've run the previous mile if they can see the finish line or hear the finish line."
Curley experienced this himself when running an Iron Man in France.
"I could see the finish line and I knew that it was over. The 15 hours and 30 minutes of unbelievable pain soon would be over. I actually started sprinting," says Curley. "I could barely move, but because it was there and it was over, suddenly I was enthused with a whole bunch of energy and strength that I hadn't previously had."
This phenomenon Curley says made him think it might be just as propelling a thought to see a finish line on life. Disease or cancer is a wake-up call for some, but without that threat Curley wondered how he could achieve the same result.
"I can't have some arbitrary 80 or 92," says Curley, of the age at which he might suppose he'd die. "I've got to put a finish line on there."
Curley decided to give himself a finite amount of time. He declared he only had 10 years left.
"And I'm telling you something, I have a new found enthusiasm," says Curley. "All of a sudden I feel great."
In the few days since he set his expiration date, he's already outlined some changes he'll be making. He says he's cutting his auctioneer dates down from 100 to 50 and plans to spend that extra time with his kids.
"I realize if you put a 10-year limit on yourself, you've got to get all that time in with your kids. My kids are so unbelievably cute right now," says Curley. "I like the fact that right now, I've got precious time."
While he says he doesn't plan to climb Everest, another Iron Man competition is definitely on his list. He also plans to coach his son's football team.
"My 10-year plan is in full steam. I see the finish line," says Curley.
"You know that country song, 'Live like you were dying,' that's the feeling I have," says Curley. "I'm not wasting time anymore."
By JAMIE GRISWOLD, MyNorthwest.com Editor
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