Why do you write like you’re running out of time?

Donald Raab
3 min readNov 25, 2023

I learned something important during the pandemic, so I wrote it down.

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I watched Hamilton the Musical on Disney+ back in July 2020. The musical was simply amazing. I felt like I had been missing this in my life for a very long time.

The title of this blog is a line from one of the songs in the play. The line struck me at my core in a way I was not quite prepared for at the time. I write like I am running out of time. The sad reality is that we all have limited time.

Alexander Hamilton wrote 51 articles in the Federalist Papers before he died after a duel in his late 40s. His wife Eliza lived until she was 97 years old, and worked for 50 years to raise awareness of all that Hamilton had done. Hamilton ran out of time, but his writing and legacy lives on, due in large part to the efforts of his wife.

Over the years, I have tried my best to inspire and motivate others to share their stories through writing. Linked below are some of the blogging accounts I follow on Medium and elsewhere. Some of these folks I have worked with or co-presented with. I have done my best to set a good example by writing and have encouraged many of them to blog over the years. I hope to see them all continue to make writing a regular part of their life.

When they write, I read. I share their writings with others so we all can learn.



I am the creator of and committer for the Eclipse Collections OSS project, which is managed at the Eclipse Foundation. Eclipse Collections is open for contributions.



Donald Raab

Java Champion. Creator of the Eclipse Collections OSS Java library (http://www.eclipse.org/collections/). Inspired by Smalltalk. Opinions are my own.