Dance of Death

I made a memento mori for my i3 window manager.

Inspired by Delphi i added a countdown till my 75th birthday and a countdown till my next birthday to the i3status bar.

It looks like this:

i3status Memento Mori

It shows that if I’m lucky enough to live till 75, i have around 17000 days left. 17000? Does that sound like a lot? What will happen as these days go by?

What does that mean? What should we make out of it? Make plans? Focus on present? Something else? Well, i don’t know.

As someone already dead said:

Almost everything — all external expectations, all pride, all fear of embarrassment or failure — these things just fall away in the face of death, leaving only what is truly important. […] [Y]ou have [nothing] to lose. You are already naked. There is no reason not to follow your heart.

Is that the answer? I don’t know, but it’s not a bad one.

One thing is certain. I’m going to die. You too. It might as well happen today.


You can use a bash script to add the functionality to your i3status. You need to change your life expectancy and birthday there. You also need to change your i3 config file to

bar {
        # status_command i3status # old
        status_command . /home/custom-path-which-you-need-to-edit/custom_i3status.sh # new
}

The script is not very user friendly. Look for comments surrounded by ######## to locate the custom parameters there.

Or just take the pieces you find useful.

Have fun!

Danse Macabre