If you could live at any time in history, when would you choose to live?
One of my dear friends asked me this question yesterday, and although it seems so simple, one’s answer may reveal quite a lot more than meets the eye.
Those who say they wish they weren’t yet born — wishing they were born in the distant future — likely long for innovation, hoping for a world in which the problems they’ve faced are no longer prevalent, one in which society’s prejudices have been eradicated, and all has been stripped away and made new.
Those who wish they were born in the distant path likely long for simplicity — yes, they acknowledge that people have never been as open and accepting and unbiased as they have been becoming over the last several decades, but would be willing to give up their present “comforts” of society for the simplicity of being a farmer or a member of the monarchy — after all, even Rome and the system of Ceasars was simpler than our modern-day politics.
But you know what? I’m actually glad that I was born at the time I was born.
I live in a world where I can live 6000 miles away from any blood-relatives, and was still able to see them for Christmas and New Years’. I live in a world where I can text my brother on the other side of the world for seemingly no cost whatsoever. I live in a world where I can connect with people over texts and emails from all around the globe if I so chose to, a world wherein I can drive to people’s houses, befriend amazing people I’d never have met a couple-hundred years ago, and write words of encouragement that can reach people I’ll never even meet or talk to.
Yet even in this time, if we long for simplicity, we can take steps toward it; and, if we long for innovation, we can become the entrepreneurs who will shape and dictate the future in which we will choose to live.
Let us, therefore, like Esther, realize that we were born for such a time as this; your birthdate was intentionally planned, you were born for a purpose, but it’s up to you to make the best of what you’ve been given.
God bless you, have a great day!