I will be 67 years old, on my next birthday. All being well, I might live for another ten years after that, and would consider 77 to be a ‘good run’. If advances in medicine keep me going until 87, and I still remember who I am, then I will be pleased to have had such a long life. But there will be things I will never see in my lifetime, and I confess I would have liked to have been around when some of them happened.
I will never see flying cars, I’m certain of that. I had expected to be driving/flying one, by the time I was 40. Such was my belief in technology and progress in my youth.
I will never see package holidays on distant planets, something I had once expected to have been enjoying many years ago.
I will never see those ‘hologram’ TV shows and films, promised as long ago as the 1970s. Characters running around the room, with me immersed in the action and locations. That won’t happen in time.
I will never see trains running on time in England, with no delays because of things like ‘leaves on the line’
I will never see roads without traffic jams.
I will never see humans restored from cryogenic storage, amazed to ‘live’ again in a new body.
Perhaps more importantly,
I will never see true social equality.
I will never see the end of Royalty, Aristocracy, and privilege by birth.
I will never see a time when workers are treated as equals.
I will never see a time when there are enough decent homes and jobs for everyone.
I will never see a time when people can live without debt.
I will never see a time when poverty is eradicated.
I will never see a time when politicians can be trusted.
And those last seven are things I would really like to see.
What about you? What will you miss never seeing?