This is something I found…and it resonated with me. I hope it resonates with you as you reflect on what was 2020 and what will be 2021. Have a safe, happy, healthy and prosperous New Year…
Imagine you were born in 1900. When you’re 14 World War I begins and ends at 18 years old with 22 million dead.
Shortly after, a global pandemic flu called ‘Spanish Flu’ kills 50 million people.
You come out alive and free. You are 20 years old.
Then, at 29, you survive the global economic crisis that started with the collapse of the New York Stock Exchange, causing inflation, unemployment and hunger.
At 33, the Nazis come to power. You turn 39 when World War II starts and ends when you are 45. During the Holocaust 6 million Jews die along with another 6 million other Europeans thought to be inferior. There will be over 60 million deaths in total.
When you’re 52, the Korean War begins.
At age 64, the Vietnam War begins and ends when you are 75.
A boy born in 1985 thinks his grandparents have no idea how difficult life is, but they have survived several wars and disasters.
A child born in 1995 and now 25 years old thinks it’s the end of the world when his or her Amazon package takes over three days to arrive or when he or she doesn’t get more than 15 likes for his or her photo posted on Facebook or Instagram.
In 2020, many of us live comfortably, have access to different sources of home entertainment, and often have more than we need.
None of this existed before, but we survived far more disastrous circumstances and never lost the joy of living.