Generation life differences....

Sunday, October 10, 2010

When I watch the news, read a paper or talk to kids, it hits me how more difficult their lives are. With the bullying (my son went through several yrs of that in elementary), number of classes that have to be completed in high school just to be able to apply to a college and all the social drama!! I know there wasn't that much drama at my high school. But with that, I look at the opportunities the kids have now too. What a difference! We just got back from a PeopletoPeople in which our area's trip will be next summer to Australia. My son is so geeked about going (now we just have to pay for it!! vbg), but it got me to thinking about what can be available to the kids now. How different would you be if you could do some of the things kids can do today? Would you be more confident? More willing to take risks? Have more empathy or maybe be able to make friends easier? I'm so glad for some of the opportunities we have been able to provide our son especially when he lights up and says "Thanks guys"! He does make it easy because we've been through bad financial times as a family so he appreciates what we can do (but that's a-nother-story). I was just thinking it would be interesting to see how I would have turned out if I had had a few of those opportunities as a young person.
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    There is a difference in our generations. We are also not our parents. And thankfully, our kids are not us. I like to believe, that they are better in the areas that we might have been lacking. My older daughter was the wild one of my 2.. Now she is older; stricter than I ever was... and I thought I was strict. Perhaps it is the methods that are different.

    And yes.. if.. what if.. My father was an alcoholic... what if he had been different? We all would have been better off , yes, and different ourselves.

    I decided long ago to be the Master of my destiny so to speak. Right or wrong.. at least I accept the accountability of my choices. To choose to be the person I visualize in my mind. :)
    2718 days ago
  • DIANE7786
    I think each generation has advantages and disadvantages. When I was in school (50's & 60's), life was simple and that was good. We all had the same frame of reference because classes were the same, there were three TV networks and a few radio station s (transistor radios!). It was easy making friends because we were our only entertainment. Today's kids have a lot more opportunities. I think some become so overwhelmed with choices they choose nothing. Their computer, blue tooth, personal TV keeps them isolated. It's nice having virtual friends, but real friends are the ones they can really count on. It sounds like your son is well adjusted, interested in learning new things and having adventures. He's one of the lucky ones. You are a good mom!
    2719 days ago

    Comment edited on: 10/11/2010 12:13:19 AM
    I wonder about that too. Would I have been different if .. My father wasn't abusive? If, we didn't travel so much when I was younger.. If...?

    Such a small word , yet it can change the world. Fortunately, I chose my lifestyle, chose to be an Explorer, Experiencer.. to live in Montana, to be happy.:)
    2719 days ago
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