The Birth-Age Correlation
The waking epiphany is a widely known phenomena by which a person, rousing from a sleep, has a sudden, intuitive insight into the deeper meaning of something or knowledge of how to solve a complex issue. While I have occasionally experienced this phenomena, most of my epiphanies take place in the shower. Maybe it’s because that it where I really wake up or perhaps it’s just because of the peace and solitude I experience being the only person awake in the house at 5AM.
Whatever the cause, I had another one this weekend. For some reason I was contemplating the certain doom I was facing next month when I crossed the threshold into my 4th decade (that’s 40 to you young whipper-snappers out there). While I was thinking about 40 I realized that my Dad would be turning 70 next year as this year was his 69th birthday.
Then it hit me: my Dad was born in ’40 and I was born in ’69. I was turning 40 the same year my Dad turned 69.
OK, I thought, mere coincidence. Then I tried it with other members of my family. Take my older brother, for instance. He was born 2 years before me in ’67. When I turn 67 he’ll be 69. My son, born in ’98 will turn 69 the year I turn 98 (should I live that long).
The birth-age correlation isn’t limited to relations. It applies to any 2 people, relatives, friends, and strangers alike. For example Paul Newman was born in ’25. When I was 25, Paul (rest his soul) was 69.
The only caveat I can think of is when crossing centuries, you have to alter the date accordingly and it becomes increasingly unlikely that both people will be alive to see the ‘event’ take place. When my youngest daughter, born in 2005, turns 69, I’ll be 105. I have my doubts that I’ll live to see that day, but you never know.
If I had a head for numbers, I’d spend more time into figuring out an equation to prove why this correlation occurs. Heck, I’m still trying to figure out a way to turn this new-found knowledge into a bar trick so I can score some free beer.