I can not express how grateful I am for all these heartfelt replies. While I have seen lots of arguing and disagreement on ATS this post proves my
belief that the forum is a strong community. I have always respected those older than me, recently I watched a documentary concerning the disrespect
towards the senior age citizens in America and the difference from that in Japan. I believe that many people in my generation have lost respect, but I
also feel that there are many great people in my generation it's sometimes just hard to find them. I also feel that a story from an elder tops any
All the information I have received have aided my worries, I will admit I was fearful of an economic collapse or other sort of disaster but following
advice of other members I will not live in fear as it is counter productive.
When I lived with my father I camped all the time, I have gone camping in a tent, tent trailer, and a sleeping bag outside. I also love the
I hope this doesn't go of track of the initial point of the thread but I feel I can relate too and others in my generation could to a variety of
things. While I am conflicted if it is just a mindset or an actual condition I believe the problem of ADD and ADHD is something that plagues my
generation. I read that this can be connected to fluoride and that also worries me. There are so many things I want to do but sometimes I find myself
moving away from a half-finished project/gesture and starting a new one. But I have made a conscious effort to fix this and it has been going go so
I am not sure about my peers but an aspect that is a big part of my personality is escapism. I guess I am unhappy sometimes with the way of the world
so I use fictional/fantasy books to go to another, more exciting, world where good always wins. But in reality good seldom wins and I am far from good
I believe my generation has been corrupted by media and materialism and a consumer society. Also, while good self-image is good the self-esteem and
everyone gets a ribbon program that all kids experience does not lead to humble self image but arrogant self image.
When I was younger I experienced lots of ridicule along with other factors which ruined my self-image. While I am not saying that is a positive I
guess it did help me be more conscious of those around me. I also believe at the age of 14 I grew up fast, a variety of factors made my mental health
poor (not a disorder, though some doctors may say that, just melancholy I guess). This drove me to drug addiction with serious chemicals, that
hardened me and I went through a lot of terrible things. That is all in the past and for some reason I still kept my grades up throughout that so
there hasn't been lasting impacts. I guess I view it as a positive because it made me stronger and more confident in myself.
I guess some of the experiences I have gone through have helped me prepare for difficult situations but a disaster situation is much more difficult to
deal with. I love being in nature and I feel like I would enjoy camping by myself one time in dense woods and see how I deal with it, but I am still a
youth and parental permission would be difficult. I am not sure if I already mentioned this but I will also keep in mind that I should not live by
In conclusion, I have enjoyed reading everyone's story's and advice. Also, by older members I meant any aged adult I guess. I know a few members
mentioned stories of war in Vietnam along with other aspects and my heart goes out to you for going through and surviving.
P.S - I hope my ADD tendencies haven't made me jump around different topics in this thread and I hope this post in comprehensible.
Edit: P.S.S - Someone said my mom did a great job and I just wanted to take a moment to say that she is lovely woman who has made me the man I am
today. God knows I have made her worry and cry but she still loves me and I have eternal gratitude towards her.
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