Imagine, for a moment, that you were born in the year 1900.
When you are 14, World War One begins. It ends when you are 18, with 22 million people dead.
Soon after, the Spanish Flu appears, killing 50 million people worldwide.
When you turn 29, there is a global economic crisis. The Great Depression results in millions of people unemployed, huge inflation and poverty.
In 1939, World War Two begins. 60 million people die over the course of 6 years, many of them young men and women who are sent away to fight.
When you are 52, the Korean War begins, followed by the Vietnam War 12 years later.
By the time you are 70 years old, you’ve lived through several wars, global pandemics and economic crises.
What we are going through now is new to us. But it’s not new to humanity. This time, many of us have the luxuries of being at home with running water, access to food, Wifi and opportunities to socialise (even if it is only through Zoom). We have a lot to be thankful for.
This is just another lens to look through when things are starting to look bleak.
P.S. If you ever want to chat about life, resilience, change and stress, as well as strategies that you can use to thrive, all you need to do is send me a message. I’m here for you.