Thus ends the longest year of my life. 🙂
In my twentieth year of life, right at the end of it, I spent some time living and studying in France. My birthday came and went while living there, effectively making my twentieth year of life shorter than any previous year – think birthday to birthday – by a full seven hours. By the end of my twenty-first year, I had already spent several months living in the USA again, thereby making my twenty-first year seven hours longer – birthday to birthday – than the average year so far in my life (and 14 hours longer than my shortest year of life, which had been the year before it).
Last year, I found myself living half of my year (birthday to birthday year) in Japan. Therefore, when my birthday came around in 2017, I completed my shortest year of life, its being a full 15 hours shorter than the usual (and eight hours shorter than my shortest year to that point). Therefore, as I reach my birthday at midnight tonight, living again in the USA, I will be completing the longest year of my life – birthday to birthday, of course – with a full 15 hours more than usual (and 30 hours longer than my shortest year).
P.S. Yes, of course I am excluding leap days, because they ruin the fun, and they don’t even make any sense in the first place. A year is all about the Earth’s revolution around our sun, and a leap day is just a way to make up for the fact that it takes 365.25 (I think it’s actually 365.242189 to be exact) days to go ’round our sun, not just 365. So, I’m just counting the approximate .25 with every year, instead of adding a whole extra day every fourth year. Even if I did include leap days, then every leap day would cause the longest year of my life to be that year (and each of those would be equal to one another). However, the shortest years of my life (still talking birthday to birthday) would remain the same, as they did not contain leap days. To anyone with a birthday on February 29th – I mean you no injustice or discredit.