I change my mind a lot about whether life is long or short. Looking back at how quickly a son or daughter grew up or at how many years I’ve been out of high school, life seems to be passing frighteningly fast. Then I look around me at the evidence of the day-to-day things I’ve done and life seems long. Just looking at the coffee cans I’ve saved makes life look like practically forever. We only use eight or ten tablespoons of coffee a day. Those cans sure represent a lot of days. Used coffee cans are the kind of statistics on life we don’t keep. Maybe if we kept them, it would help give a feeling of longevity…. The one statistic I hate to think about is how many pounds of food I’ve consumed. Pounds would be an unmanageably large number. I’d have to estimate it in tons. I must have eaten ten tons of ice cream alone in my lifetime. It makes life seem long and lovely just thinking about every bite of it.
From Andy Rooney: 60 Years of Wisdom and Wit, published by PublicAffairs in 2009