OVER THE HILL

Do you know when it was that you first realized you were getting older?

I think it is probably when you start thinking and reacting in the same ways that your PARENTS used to think and react…

It will definitely become apparent when you start saying some of the ridiculous-sounding (at the time) things that your parents used to say…things like “Quit crying, before I give you something to cry about!”

WHAT?!?!?!?!

Anyways, it seems to me that each successive generation becomes lazier – thanks in large part to breakthroughs in technology, we (as a society) no longer have to work as hard in order to achieve the same results…

But I am almost positive that my parents’ generation said the same thing about MY generation, back when we were growing up…LOL

After all, kids in MY generation did not have to either walk and/or ride our bikes everywhere that we needed to go…we enjoyed remote-controlled, COLOR televisions…and our dual-income parents could afford to provide us with a quality of life that they, themselves, were never able to experience at that age…

The kids in MY generation DID survive childhoods that may seem horrific to the kids of today – spending ENTIRE DAYS outside of the house on weekends, finding our own fun to have…playing on playgrounds that consisted of sharp metal edges, hot metal slides, and gravel to land on (in other words, NOTHING that was soft)…having to be home (or use a pay-phone) if you wanted to speak with someone on the phone…drinking water straight from the garden hose…and the list goes on and on…

Yes, kids of today – GENERATIONS of people before you survived and thrived with NO cell phones and NO computers…

Today’s younger generation seems content to spend a majority of their waking moments in the VIRTUAL world (online and/or on their cell phones) – this phenomenon, in and of itself is not necessarily a bad thing – but only if you take time out of every day to experience the REAL world that is alive all around you!

I digress – that “rant” was sparked by some comments that I overheard between 2 teenage girls who were working behind the concession stand when my older brother and I went to see a movie not too long ago…

Allow me to set the stage for you – we went to see “The Guardians of the Galaxy” (an excellent Avengers-type movie with A LOT of great adult humor, by the way, in case you have not yet seen it for yourself)…

While I am buying my pre-movie Milk Duds and medium Coke, one teenage girl mentions to the other how tired she is, even though she had just returned from a 30-minute break…

Feeling myself to be a little confused at that point, I had to ask the question: “Shouldn’t you be feeling more REFRESHED, since you just returned from your break?”

To which she replies: “NO! I am working a 7-hour shift tonight, and I’m only getting that one 30-minute break!”

It was all I could do to keep from laughing out loud, right in her face…I mean, WHAT?!?!?!

I reflected, instead, on how things have changed so drastically from one generation to the next, over the past several decades – and that the people who belong to each generation are largely a product of their respective environments at the time…

I imagine that people from EVERY generation will experience this age-old feeling at one point or another in their own lives – the feeling that the generation behind them is lazier, and more rebellious…thanks to the technology revolution, each successive generation WILL have an easier time of things as they grow and mature, after all…

Another way to look at this – if I reflect on my own generation – however, is for myself and my peers to be PROUD of this “generation gap”, because it means that those of us in MY generation have done an admirable job of making life at least a little bit easier for our kids and our grandkids…

Now it is up to the members of Generation “Y” – also now known as “the Millenials” – to strike out and make a name for themselves…to take full advantage of everything that Generation “X”-ers have provided them and IMPROVE UPON THEM, while they are attempting to make our world an even better place to live…

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