I think about the different generations in my life and I understand them all. The young ones, in their 20’s and 30’s are exactly like I have been when I was their age. I remember it well, the 70’s and 80’s. I got advice left and right. People tried to tell me what to do and what not to do. I listened to all of it, nodded like I would agree with some that had been said, went on and did it my way.
“I don’t want you to make our mistakes” or “learn from our mistakes” were sayings we heard back then and we ignored it, we ignored it all, we didn’t listen. We were young adults, rebels without a cause and entitled to make our own mistakes…and so we did.
We couldn’t please the older generation anyway. Not with our music, nor with our clothes. Nothing that we did seemed right, they disapproved of almost everything. Only a few older people smiled when they looked at us.
Now I know, the ones smiling were the ones who remembered their own youths, they hadn’t completely forgotten how it felt.
I am in my early 50’s and feel often like I am sitting between two chairs, right there in the middle between the young generation and the older generation.
I am not suppose to understand everything they do. I don’t have to change my ways, just because there is now something new and supposedly better available. I am allowed to hang on to what I treasure. I can choose and decide what things are worth trying and which are not.
I am not suppose to just sit there and follow in older peoples footsteps either. Life is different now…faster. A lot of technological and social changes have taken place and people just one generation apart are drastically different from each other. This hasn’t been like this 50 years ago. Times were slower then, access to information was limited, things changes slowly.
I learned that every generation has a right to make their own mistakes, that’s just the way it is…always has been.
I learned to understand and I hope I will always smile with understanding.
Think about the generation immediately younger or older than you. What do you understand least about them — and what can you learn from them?