One of the things I remember hearing growing up is to be thankful for what you have, and not complaining about what you don’t.
Seems a simple enough lesson to live by, but sadly, we have grown away from this lesson and moved on to more complaining about what you don’t have, what you can’t have, not getting your own way, and the list goes on and on. I ask myself “What happened to how we used to live?”, and sadly, I can’t seem to get any straight answer about that.
Here’s the sad reality – people that are older than I am have also shifted to this mentality. Is there something in the water or air that caused this? Is it the over-saturation of information being force-fed upon us? Who can say for sure, but people just seem to be getting more and more greedy, bitter, and nasty about smaller and smaller things in life.
I remember growing up, being lucky enough to inherit my parents’ 13-inch black-and-white TV when they finally got a 19-inch color set. I was overjoyed – my own TV! I didn’t really care all that much if it was color or black-and-white – I could watch shows that I wanted to watch during times when my parents were watching their shows. We had all of 3 channels back in the day – 2, 4, and 8 (we later got channel 6), but that was pretty much it. The cool thing was some nights, you could turn through the UHF channels, and if you aimed your rabbit-ears just right, you could get a faint signal from somewhere far off. I actually found 3 channels during different parts of the year – all music channels nonetheless. We got Odyssey, out of Cocoa Beach, Florida – Hit Video USA, out of Houston, Texas – and then we got Muchmusic, out of Canada! Granted, after a time, the signals became lost as the satellites got out of position, but those were fun times for me, tinkering with the antenna to get the signal just right for reception.
I knew we weren’t supposed to regularly get these channels, so it was a bit of a disappointment that they were gone, but it wasn’t anything that I shouted at anyone or stomped on the ground about!
These days, we are just spoiled stupid. We live in an era of instant-gratification and entitlement, and if those are not met, people are witness to a flurry of violence and a tongue-lashing from someone who could make a sailor blush! I walk through stores and see it happen all the time, and I feel sorry for those people that have to put up with it! Whatever happened to understanding, patience, and tolerance? Oh wait……..that all went out the window long ago.
Many things in life are worth waiting for, and nothing is worth being in such a rush that you end up hurting yourself, or worse – getting yourself killed over some material thing – it’s not worth it! Slow the heck down and get to where you’re going safely. That trinket you saw on sale is not worth killing yourself – or someone else over, no matter how badly you desire said prize. I’m actually afraid to go out driving sometimes, because I fear I’ll be thrown into the throes of the Grand Prix, alongside of all of those position jockeys who just have to sneak in front of you and be there first.
How I long for the good, old days………..they were safer, and much more sane!