It’s funny; if you go to Google and search “best time to be alive”, what will appear is probably exactly what you’d expect. Of course, there are many reasons why we might want to be living in the 20s, or the 70s or 80s, but when it comes down to it, the consensus choice for time of living is in the present — right now. We are at the pinnacle of equality, human literacy and hunger rates, infant mortality, and countless other categorical data that quantifies quality of living. There is no possible way to quantify an individual’s life and their optimal years of life, but both surprisingly and unsurprisingly, now is a pretty good time to be here. Many would reason that the Millennial generation would be incomplete without their Starbucks, smartphones, and laptops, and while this may be true, many wish that they lived in a time without worries of global warming, student loans, and nuclear threats from North Korea. Be that as it may, from the perspectives of such authors as Richard Fisher from BBC, Will Heilpern from Business Insider, and even Tom Chivers of Buzzfeed, 2016 was possibly the best year to be living.
Up next to be the best year? 2017. It only gets better. This is clearly situational; if you’re a man whose principal ideal is racism, then the year that was rated the best for racial equality may not be the best time period for your interests. Relativity has it, however, that any person born at this moment is more likely to have an opportunity to have a good life than ever before. If you’re more than fifteen and you’re reading this opinion piece, you’d be halfway to being dead in Ancient Greece. If you’re alive and you’re reading it, you beat the odds by a factor of twenty in the 1800s. The fact of the matter is, you’re more likely to be here, right now, than ever before, and you are far more likely to live a long and prosperous life. If you want to live in the 80s because you feel their culture was far more aligned with your interests, perhaps you should consider the presence of asbestos as an insulator in this decade as a reason not to go back. The 20s were an amazing golden age of economic prosperity and excellent personal health, unless, that is, you were anything other than white.
If you’ve ever wished you lived in another time, take a step back and take a wider view. This point of view may not be your best. Be happy about where you are, and make a commitment to make 2018 even better than 2017. The more you commit to making your life better, the more you will enjoy it, and the more everyone else will agree with your enjoyment.
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