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Have you ever felt like you should have been born in a different time or a different generation?
Someone once told me she should have been born in a different time. Though young, she used old words, phrases and expressions. She preferred old music, old movies and old books. She shopped in antique stores, and listened to old radio recordings.
I've felt this way myself from time to time. Is this common?
Yes... My father was born in 1912 and many of the things I grew up with are from that era. I learned how to live doing things and using tools, cooking equipment, etc from that time period. I have always felt I belonged in the Victorian era.
The late 18th-19th century always had a big, almost nostalgic appeal to me. But that's only untill I again realize how much it sucked even worse than our time: no rights, no emancipation, no social security, modern medicin was still just beginning, etc. etc.
Still, it has such a mysterious, illustrous draw.
We see only what we've lost in a time frame, what was good in it, not an objective picture. It's a human thing, I think, never to be fully contented with any time. No matter how far you go back, people always looked with longing at the great time before THEM, like watching a mirror in a mirror in a mirror, ex infinito.
You, betch'a it is. That, for me, is part of the marvelous mystery of life and my life. I'm still stuck in time with the Dallas Cowboys. I mean come on. Tom Landry, 'Dandy' Don Merideth, Calvin Hill, Bob Hayes, and on and on. I keep looking for them when watching a game. Lost in that era. So, again, you betch'a.
Is this a Quiz, Test or a Question ?
Anyway, the description of your friend says a lot about her ... but I do not see her outward behaviour has anything to do with any desire, to have been born in another time, or generation ...
Nostalgia has many forms ... some people collect vintage cars, some collect Paintings ... others may make do with less expensive trivia ... some adore Black Swan, some go for Maria Callas ... and besides, there are Shakespearean Theatre buffs ... and ... the Archaeologists and Historians ... etc. etc..
Thus, it all depends on what a person can afford, and such a person's situation, in life ... and attitude.
Therefore, take your friend's eccentricities ... in good stride ... cajole her with with silent movies ... Presley and Bobby Darren, King Cole and Benny Goodman might also be of help ... other wise you can always make her listen to Wagner ...
And if all this does not help ... read her a chapter from Arganon ... or Das Kapital.
My love of music, movies, books and other forms of entertainment all come from an earlier era. However, as a lefty I am glad I live now instead of when lefthanders were forced to write with their right hands. That would have been a nightmare.
Sometimes I do have a harder time relating to someone my age because I'm not always into the latest trends or whatnot, but I am glad I live an age where information is readily available to me. I appreciate having different time periods for what they have given us, but each era has its own struggles and shortcomings.
I always wished that I had been born in the late 1800's, when the west was still wild. Or, to have been a sailor on a merchant ship in the glory days of sail. It might not be as pleasant as one imagines though. Life was pretty hard back then in a lot of ways.
I think I should have been born in the 30's-40's. Although, life was kind of rough during those years. haha
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