June 2, 2023

**“We are slowed down sound and light waves, a walking bundle of frequencies tuned into the cosmos. We are souls dressed up in sacred biochemical garments, and our bodies are the instruments through which our souls play their music.”**

I have been asking myself the wrong question my whole life:

**How many years do I have left to live?**

As I write this article, I listen to my favorite playlist on Spotify: Jazz in the Background - a playlist by Spotify.

Did you ever asked yourself the following:

**How do we capture the magic of music with computers?**

The answer is simple: frequency. I remember back in the 2000s when my favorite music-playing app was Winamp:

Yes, I am that old. But that is a story for another time. I could spend hours amazed by the bars dancing as the music played. Those bars are the key to living a meaningful life. I didn’t know it yet.

But let’s answer the question above: **How to capture, store and play music?**

The answer is the Fourier transform by the French mathematician and physicist Joseph Fourier:

“*In **physics** and **mathematics**, the **Fourier transform** (**FT**) is a **transform** that converts a **function** into a form that describes the frequencies present in the original function. The output of the transform is a **complex**-valued function of frequency.*”

Fourier transform. (2023, March 22). In *Wikipedia*.

It sounds complex, isn’t it? But simply, the Fourier Transform (FT) breaks down every continuous phenomenon as a sum of its frequencies. For example, imagine that you are sitting at the beach. The sun is setting down. And you are hypnotized by a large wave coming in your direction. You can decompose that wave amplitude into a series of harmonics or fundamental frequencies with FT.

Long story short, FT is the magic behind music recording, sampling, and playing. Of course, FT can do more than that. But you get the picture.

**What does FT have to do with life and the years in it?**

The graph below went viral at the beginning of 2023. At least it was for me: Who do we spend time with across our lifetime?

You may have seen it. We can see that the older we get, the last time we will spend with our loved ones.

I fell in love with this graph as a parent of two boys, 4 and 2 years old. I also get how little time is left to spend with my family.

The fact that I am 42 did not help. I am at the pinnacle of most of my time with others.

Yet there is another way to read this graph. And it is hiding in plain sight. Unfortunately, it took me time before I spotted it.

**Can you spot it? **

The answer is simple: **Frequency!**

We often see our lives in years. We say: my parents are 70 years old. I hope they will turn 90, at least. Let’s imagine it is the case.

You then tell yourself that I have 20 years left with my parents.

I am sorry to tell you that that is the wrong way to measure how much is left.

Yes, you are not living with your parents in most cases. However, you will visit them and vice versa.

Let me ask you this:

**How often do you see each other yearly, and for how long?**

Let’s take the average of three times a year. With your parents for the rest of now, you only have 20 times 3 “moments” left with them.

That is the magic of frequencies. You may live with your parents for the next 20 years. Yet you only have 60 moments left with them.

That shift from seeing the number of years left to live to the number of moments is a game changer for me. Be it with my parents, friends, or loved ones, I have few moments left with them.

That has created a sense of urgency. So now I am not thinking in terms of time. I am thinking in terms of frequency.

I am not asking you about the number of years left to live. Instead, I am asking you the number of moments left to be with your friends, family, and loved ones.

Let us take the example of coworkers. Imagine all the colleagues you interact with at work. Maybe for 90% of those colleagues, you will never interact with them for the rest of your life. It is like one interaction, and you are dead to me forever.

Yes, it is a grim view. Yet that is the reality of life. For most people in your life, you will only interact with them once, and then they are given forever to you. That may help you prioritize kindness over rightfulness in all your interactions.

Thinking about life in terms of frequencies is something you cannot unsee. It is like moving from gravity to the relativity laws of physics. Both are true to some extent. Yet one has more vibrancy (pun intended).

We live in this world through interactions. Each interaction is limited in time and has its own frequency. We beam into the world the energy we have within. Sometimes people resonate with our frequency in a good way. Sometimes it is the opposite. We need to be aware of the impact of our energy on other people’s lives.

No one has ever captured the power of frequencies more than Eminem in Lose Yourself:

“*Look*

*If you had*

*One shot*

*Or one opportunity*

*To seize everything you ever wanted*

*In one moment*

*Would you capture it*

*Or just let it slip?*”

Let me ask you and me the right question:

**How many moments do you have left before they slip away forever?**

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