Imagine Being Born in the Year 1900

Imagine Being Born in the Year 1900

Imagine Being Born in the Year 1900

1900: The year you were born

1914: You are 14 when Great War ‘World War I’ starts

1919: You turn 19 a year after ‘World War I’ ends with casualties numbering 22 million. (See Peter below for 1919)

1920: Soon after, a global pandemic, the Spanish flu, emerges. 50 million people die. You survived, fortunately, and are now 20 years old.

1929: When you are 29 years old, you survive inflation, unemployment, and famine worldwide, and global economic crisis beginning with the breakdown of New York’s stock exchange.

1933: At 33 years old, the Nazis come to power in Germany.

1939: At 39 years, Germany invades Poland, and begins World War II. 
1945: You are 45 years old when World War II ends. World War II Casualties: 60 million dead. Six-million Jews die in the ‘Holocaust.’

1952: At 52 years old, the Korean War begins.  Korean War Casualties: 3 million dead.

1964: At 64 years old, Americans start the war in Vietnam.
1964: You’re 75 when the Vietnam war ended. Vietnam War Casualties: 4 million dead.

1980s: You’re 80 and have survived several wars and disasters, not to mention the restrictions during the first oil crisis in the early 1980s.

1990s: The Internet comes of age. At 90, someone is trying to teach you how to use it.

2000: You’re 100 years old.  Happy Centennial Birthday.

2020: You possibly live until 120 years. We live in a new world full of comfort, with electricity, cellphones, food, hot water, and a safe roof over our heads. We are amid, Covid, a new global pandemic. Gratitude and small changes in our mind and mental outlook can work miracles.

How do you survive all of that? A kid in 1985 didn’t think their 85 year-old grandparent understood how hard school was. Yet those grandparents (and now great-grandparents) survived through everything listed above.

Perspective is an amazing art. Let’s try and keep things in perspective. Let’s be smart, help each other out, and we will get through all of this. In the history of the world, there has never been a storm that lasted. “This too, shall pass.”

Robert Frost Quote


*Peter, born in 1919, now 106 years, and wife Margaret married 75 years.  Family Photo, January 2022.

  • Frances Hesselbein is the former CEO of the Girl Scouts of the USA, from 1976 to 1990, and is the president and CEO of the Frances Hesselbein Leadership Forum, at the Graduate School of Public and International Affairs, Johnson Institute for Responsible Leadership. Wikipedia
  • Born: November 1, 1915 (age 106 years), as of May 2022
  • Leadership Is Her Mission
  • Twitter handle @ToServeIsToLive
    Frances Hesselbein 106 years in 2022


Celebration of George Harrison of Beatles fame, 1970 album for the 50th anniversary.

‘All Things Must Pass’

All things must pass George Harrison

Sunrise doesn’t last all morning
A cloudburst doesn’t last all day
Seems my love is up and has left you with no warning
It’s not always going to be this grey

All things must pass
All things must pass away

Sunset doesn’t last all evening
A mind can blow those clouds away
After all this, my love is up and must be leaving
It’s not always going to be this grey

All things must pass
All things must pass away
All things must pass
None of life’s strings can last
So, I must be on my way
And face another day

Now the darkness only stays the night-time
In the morning it will fade away
Daylight is good at arriving at the right time
It’s not always going to be this grey

All things must pass
All things must pass away
All things must pass
All things must pass away

Imagine Being Born in the Year 1900, post featured image photo from Lewis Hine. His most famous project is his work documenting the construction of the Empire State Building. In 1930, a year after the stock market crash and onset of the Great Depression, Hine was hired to photograph the construction of what would become, for 40 years, the world’s tallest building.  Hine coined the dynamic term “photo story” to characterize innovative assemblages of pictures and text.  See more here about Lewis Hines

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