I decided to have fun with a spreadsheet and calculate how much I’ve lived of historical times.
I’m surprised to find I’ve lived a meaningful fraction of historical periods—all the more so if I live to 100. See the tables below. First, I’ll share some highlights.
How much of history I’ve lived
For example, I’ve lived 2.3% of the time since Jesus. 2.3% is small, but I wouldn’t have expected even a single digit percentage. To me, it feels odd and oddly satisfying to know that I’ve lived a meaningful part of all of a major religion’s existence.
If I live to 100, I will have lived nearly 1% since humans domesticated the first animals. I don’t know about you, but a percent seems like a significant fraction considering I’m talking about pre-history.
I’ve been alive for nearly 20% of the United States’ existence and may live to pass 1/3—meaning I will have lived for over 1/3 of my nation’s existence.
I’ve lived nearly 2/3 of the atomic age and nearly all of the time since a man first stepped on the moon.
|Before I was born|
|Event||Event Date||Time since (years)||Fraction I’ve experienced||Fraction I’ll experience if I live to 100|
|Copernicus: sun at center||01/1515||503||9%||18%|
|U.S. declares independence||07/1776||241||19%||34%|
|World War 2||12/1941||76||61%||77%|
|Atomic bomb on Hiroshima||08/1945||72||64%||79%|
|First man on moon||07/1969||48||96%||98%|
How much recent history has been a part of me
I was also curious how much of my life has overlapped with historical periods.
An early event growing up in Philadelphia was the Phillies winning the World Series. 80% of my life has been post that victory, so I’ve nearly always lived in a world where my hometown baseball team won a championship.
Sorry if it’s too much information, but I’ve lived nearly 2/3 of my life since first having sex.
I’ve lived 60% of my life since the Berlin Wall fell.
I don’t know if people think of me more as a physicist or entrepreneur, but almost half my life has occurred since conceiving of the invention that led to the first company I co-founded, Submedia. I’ve only lived 40% of my life with my doctorate in physics.
Only about 1/3 of my life has occurred since the World Trade Center attacks. It takes me some thought to imagine a purely post-9/11 world from my nieces’ and nephews’ perspective.
I’m surprised to see how much of my life has passed since the Great Recession—nearly 1/5.
I’ve done burpees for 13% of my life—a meaningful amount, over 1/8.
Finally, at 46 years old, I still have 54% of my life to live if I make it to 100.
|After I was born|
|Event||Event Date||Time since (years)||Percent of my life since||Percent of my life since if I live to 100|
|Phillies win World Series||10/1980||37||80%||91%|
|Berlin Wall falls||11/1989||28||60%||82%|
|Conceived of Submedia technology||06/1996||21||46%||75%|
|Medicinal Marijuana legalized||11/1996||21||45%||75%|
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