#1377 The Odds of Being Alive

1 in 10 to the 2,685,000 Power

Michael Easter is an award-winning journalist, a contributing editor at Men’s Health magazine, a columnist for Outside magazine, and a professor at the University of Nevada Las Vegas.

He wrote a book called The Comfort Crisis.

It’s fantastic.

He tells us (as you might have guessed from the title of his book!) that we’re facing a COMFORT CRISIS.

If you haven’t noticed, in many ways, we’re more comfortable than ever before.


Michael asks: “Could our sheltered, temperature controlled, overfed, under-challenged lives actually be the leading cause of many of our most urgent physical and mental health issues?”

Spoiler alert...

The answer is an unequivocal YES.

Check out the Notes for some Ideas on how to EMBRACE DISCOMFORT to, as per the sub-title of the book, “Reclaim Your Wild, Happy, Healthy Self.”

Today I want to chat about one idea from his book that made my head 🤯 !

Have you ever thought about the ODDS of you being alive?

Get this…

He tells us: “One scientist calculated the numbers and found that a person’s odds of being alive are 1 in 10 to the 2,685,000 power. The scientist explains that these odds are the same as having a group of 2 million people each roll a trillion-sided die and every roll landing on the same number. Like 550,343,279,0007.”

I got goosebumps typing that as my mind EXPLODED yet again. 🤯 🤯 🤯

Then he tells us: “This figure also doesn’t factor in my luck of being born in a developed country in a recent time. Even about a century ago, for example, between 30 and 40 percent of European children died before turning 5. That’s why in 1900 the average life expectancy in the world was 31. Now the world’s average life expectancy is 72.”

That’s Today’s +1.

Our lives are a miracle.

Let’s remember to take them AS granted rather than FOR granted.


As we contemplate the unfathomable odds of us even being alive, I ask yet again…

What is it you plan to do with this one wild and miraculously precious life of yours, Hero?


Get clear on who you are at your best and give us all you’ve got.


Pretty please.

Thank you.


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