I often think about the way life keeps changing. It's never a dull moment. We learn the true meaning of certain words, we come to understand where
our parents were coming from, and eventually we find ourselves in the -senior- crowd (I myself am not there yet
Still got a looong way to go).
Suddenly we understand the fears or the experiences we only read about in our youth.
I remember the first time I heard people complain about taxes or the government. I had no problems with it, I didn't concern myself with that. I
didn't understand what everyone was so upset about. My biggest problem was to study for an exam. I didn't have a job, so nobody was taking money
from me. Today I finally understand. Now I'm the concerned one, and now I'm the one who looks at the kids and think "my God, I wish I had your
Sometimes I watch commercials on TV and I see something I've never felt applied to me until now. Commercials tend to target certain age groups, and I
didn't realize it until a few months ago that slowly I'm approaching a certain target group and moving away from another. Someday maybe I'll learn
the meaning of a broken hip. Maybe I'll learn the meaning of a mid-life crisis. Slowly but surely I'm joining new age group "Clubs", and I am
beginning to understand the actions and words of my elders a lot better.
One of those actions is telling the kids of today how easy they have it, and suddenly realizing just how much time has passed and how many miles I've
already crossed during my ongoing journey.
The following is an e-mail I received from a friend. I guess it's been making it's rounds. I just had to share it with all of you, because it's
funny and sounds so true!
If you are 30, or older, you might think this is hilarious!
When I was a kid, adults used to bore me to tears with their tedious diatribes about how hard things were. When they were growing up; what with
walking twenty-five miles to school every morning.... Uphill... Barefoot... BOTH ways… yadda, yadda, yadda
And I remember promising myself that when I grew up, there was no way in hell I was going to lay a bunch of crap like that on my kids about how hard I
had it and how easy they've got it!
But now that I'm over the ripe old age of thirty, I can't help but look around and notice the youth of today. You've got it so easy! I mean,
compared to my childhood, you live in a damn Utopia!
And I hate to say it, but you kids today, you don't know how good you've got it!
I mean, when I was a kid we didn't have the Internet. If we wanted to know something, we had to go to the damn library and look it up ourselves, in
the card catalog!!
There was no email!! We had to actually write somebody a letter - with a pen! Then you had to walk all the way across the street and put it in the
mailbox, and it would take like a week to get there! Stamps were 10 cents!
Child Protective Services didn't care if our parents beat us. As a matter of fact, the parents of all my friends also had permission to kick our
BUTTS! Nowhere was safe!
There were no MP3's or Napsters or iTunes! If you wanted to steal music, you had to hitchhike to the record store and shoplift it yourself!
Or you had to wait around all day to tape it off the radio, and the DJ would usually talk over the beginning and @#*% it all up! There were no CD
players! We had tape decks in our car. We'd play our favorite tape and "eject" it when finished, and then the tape would come undone rendering it
useless. Cause, hey, that's how we rolled, Baby! Dig?
We didn't have fancy crap like Call Waiting! If you were on the phone and somebody else called, they got a busy signal, that's it!
There weren't any freakin' cell phones either. If you left the house, you just didn't make a damn call or receive one. You actually had to be out
of touch with your "friends". OH MY GOD !!! Think of the horror... not being in touch with someone 24/7!!! And then there's TEXTING. Yeah,
right. Please! You kids have no idea how annoying you are.
And we didn't have fancy Caller ID either! When the phone rang, you had no idea who it was! It could be your school, your parents, your boss, your
bookie, your drug dealer, the collection agent... you just didn't know!!! You had to pick it up and take your chances, mister!
We didn't have any fancy PlayStation or Xbox video games with high-resolution 3-D graphics! We had the Atari 2600! With games like 'Space
Invaders' and 'Asteroids'. Your screen guy was a little square! You actually had to use your imagination!!! And there were no multiple levels or
screens, it was just one screen... Forever! And you could never win. The game just kept getting harder and harder and faster and faster until you
died! Just like LIFE!
You had to use a little book called a TV Guide to find out what was on! You were screwed when it came to channel surfing! You had to get off your
BUTT and walk over to the TV to change the channel!!! NO REMOTES!!! Oh, no, what's the world coming to?!?!
There was no Cartoon Network either! You could only get cartoons on Saturday Morning. Do you hear what I'm saying? We had to wait ALL WEEK for
cartoons, you spoiled little rat-finks!
And we didn't have microwaves. If we wanted to heat something up, we had to use the stove! Imagine that!
And our parents told us to stay outside and play... all day long. Oh, no, no electronics to soothe and comfort. And if you came back inside... you
were doing chores!
And car seats - oh, please! Mom threw you in the back seat and you hung on. If you were luckily, you got the "safety arm" across the chest at the
last moment if she had to stop suddenly, and if your head hit the dashboard, well that was your fault for calling "shot gun" in the first place!
See! That's exactly what I'm talking about! You kids today have got it too easy. You're spoiled rotten! You guys wouldn't have lasted five
minutes back in 1980 or any time before!
The Over 30 Crowd
(Send this to someone you'd like to make smile
P.S. Apologies for not providing the source or author. The e-mail did not contain any information where this came from, otherwise I would have loved
to give credit where it is due. Obviously this is not my material, and I appreciate that the mod edited the text into a quote. Thank you.
Mod Edit: No Quote/Plagiarism – Please Review This Link.
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