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Her life spanned three centuries.
In her lifetime, she saw trains evolve from steam engines to bullet trains. She saw horses fall out of use, and cars and planes come in to use. She saw the rise and fall of many countries , two world wars, and she saw Italy's transformation from a kingdom to Mussolini's fascist regime to a constitutional republic.
Not to mention computers, the internet, and cell phones.
117 years alive is currently a HUGE amount of time – approximately 40-50 years longer than the average lifetime, but in our lifetime – it'll likely become closer to the norm.
Think of the innovations seen in her lifetime – and think of the fact that innovation spurs innovation.
What will you see in your lifetime? What will the world look like?
It's a fascinating frontier – and we live at a great time in history.