Youth

kris-alexAh, youth.  Youth in everything.  People, babies, teenagers, dogs, nature.  Look around and see what youth means to the world.  There is a freshness and an impatience that can be refreshing and frustrating to us “baby boomers.”  I know that sometimes I can’t understand my son’s decisions but I’m sure he can’t understand some of mine.

I hear a lot about how the younger set seems to think they are entitled to just about whatever they need.  They have grown up on instant information from googling something to seeing the world unfold before their eyes.  That instant gratification  tends to lead them to believe that too much is not enough.

But, ironically enough, I was impatient was I was their age.  I looked at my parents as not as “aware” as I was in how to live my life to the fullest.  I rolled my eyes more than once and had a hard time understanding what my mom was trying to teach me.  How did she know anything?  She never really left Cincinnati, Ohio and had a sixth grade education.  I was able to leave when I was younger and travel to places she could only dream of seeing.

I was able to gain an education on scholarships without the help of computers.  I did it the old fashion way by going to the library and looking up what scholarships I would need to pursue my dream of living and studying in Europe.  It took hours of research and weeks of waiting to find out if I had succeeded.  Now it happens almost instantaneously by email.

The thrill of success is sweet, however, no matter how you receive it.  And over the years I have learned that my mom’s wisdom, although not from books, has followed me through life.  She has been right most of the time.  And with any luck my advice to my son, today’s youth, will ring as true when he enters into his later years.

Complacency

Being very tired tends to make me complacent.  My head is clouded with everything needed to be done.  Mind you, I am the one who has put the pressure on myself but after so many years it’s difficult to just let things go.  I am afraid that if I get too complacent I will watch my life go by and not do everything I think I want to do.  I find myself reading all of these sayings or quotes about how I should be living my life and after a while it gets quite overwhelming.

I know people who live their lives very content being complacent about everything and it doesn’t seem to bother them.  I guess it depends on what you think complacent means.  The dictionary (I love using that term even though we no longer physically use a dictionary!) says that complacency is a feeling of smug or uncritical satisfaction with oneself or one’s achievements.
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