When you were 13 when the Titanic sank and over 1,500 people died and only 750 survived
When you're 15, The Great War begins and your 16 year old brother gets called up to fight. It ends when you're 19 with 22 million dead. (It wasn't even called WWI then)
As soldiers return, they bring with them the Spanish Flu, killing 50 million people worldwide. And you're alive, now 20 years old.
When you're 30 you survive the global economic crisis with the collapse of New York Stock Exchange, causing inflation, unemployment and famine.
When you're 34 years old the Nazis come to power.
When you're 40, World War II begins, you live through the Blitz and host evacuees, who have lost their homes.
War ends when you're 46 years old with a 60 million dead. In the Holocaust 6 million Jews die.
You live through the invention of the car and transition from horse drawn vehicles, the first flight and development of the airplane, the bouncing bomb, cracking of the Enigma code, the discovery of penicillin, the first radio transmission, the first televisual unit (TV), you see man walk on the moon.
You see people in the street, wearing less then you wear in bed.
This is the story of my Great Grandmas life. The lady who raised me until I left home at 18.
She had a most profound effect on my life. I often asked her to tell me the stories and innovation changes she lived through. I had the privilege of hearing about these experiences from someone who lived through the world at a huge time of incredible hardship & change. From someone who I dearly loved.
Today we have all the comforts of this modern world, even amid this new Covid19 pandemic.
Yet we complain because we need to wear masks. We complain because we must stay confined to our homes where we have food, electricity, water, wifi, AND Netflix!
None of that existed back in the day. But humanity survived those circumstances and never lost their joy of living.
We are more resilient than we know, if only we remember.
I had just completed a WWII experience for a local High School the day before lockdown hit. I had no idea how timely the message would be or how valuable the message would become.