Pregnancy was a time when in my life when I suddenly felt deeply connected to the cycle of life. Specifically: birth and death. I suppose it’s a cliche to say that and it’s pretty obvious why I felt closer to these things but it really caught me off guard. I realized that for most of my adult life I’d been pretty well isolated in my own age demographic. I’m not sure I even noticed a stroller in New York City until I was actually pushing one. Sure I visited grandparents and saw the odd friend who’d had kids while very young but these were special events, oddities really.
Birth was a mystery. Death? Forget about it. Back in the olden days I would have witnessed both ends of life by the time I was a 20. I don’t want to romanticize burying old relatives and scary childbirth scenes from the prairie but I do think that being a tad more connected to other generations gives us a ton of perspective.
When I saw the following video all of this came to mind. It’s so simple. It’s a whole bunch of Dutch people getting older… from one to a hundred. Check it out, it made my day: [vimeo]http://vimeo.com/48237094#[/vimeo]
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