It was my birthday this past week. I am now just 3 years shy of 50. So, I thought this would be as good a time as any to take a look back and share some of the things I have seen in my lifetime.
I saw television go from black and white,
to high definition.
When I was little, we had 3 channels and I was the remote control, now I have over 1200 and there is still nothing on.
I have seen entertainment centers go from this,
I have seen the telephone go from this,
This was what my first computer looked like.
This is what my computer looks like now.
I have seen particle accelerators go from this,
Bevatron particle accelerator, responsible for the discovery of the antiproton.
The Large Hadron Collider at Cern responsible for the discovery of the Higgs Boson
and take up this much space.
I have seen vaccines eradicate smallpox and polio.
Although both could soon be making a comeback due to a combination of lack of funds in developing countries and ignorant mothers choosing not to vaccinate their children in developed countries.
I have seen the civil rights movement go from this,
I have seen the women’s rights movement go from looking like this,
to looking like this.
Sadly, both the civil rights movement and the women’s rights movement are still necessary as neither has yet achieved equality.
I have seen the Berlin Wall come down, signifying the end of the cold war… something I never thought I would see in my lifetime.
I have seen many changes to the world in which we live in my lifetime and I look forward to many more, currently unfathomable, changes to come.