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When We Look At Our Past What Do We See

Updated on January 7, 2011

The Person We Are In A Different Light

I spend more time than most dreaming about a future that won't be here for the next thirty or more years

I feel it

I see it

I understand it

People and technology haven't found each other

They are going one way and then the other

All trying to do what is possible but what about what is natural

How come the modern world forgets about nature and all it's clues

We live on a planet that has so many benefits for all mankind

People insist on finding happiness in the nature of the beast

Not in life and the people we get to know and love

We have become so advanced but just a little out of bounds

We have so many things that make our life so much easier than 30 years ago

But some how we find ways to complain and the best is never good enough

Everything is speed and how do I get something that is ready tomorrow today

When will we just enjoy what we have and share it with others who have less

I remember growing up I was excited to get a cool shirt or sweater for Christmas

Don't get me wrong I loved the toys too

But I appreciated both not one and not the other

Today if you get some young person a shirt they say thanks under their breath

Really all they want is money

So they can buy computer games and play with them for a few months until they get board

Then they stopped playing with the game because they want something new that just came out

A new game system,new games

I remember having a board game like monopoly and always pulling the same game out year after year

Sure new versions came out but I didn't go out and buy them

Maybe someone else did and we shared

One time we would play their game one time we would play mine

Now it's every man for himself

My games and you have to get your own

Am I missing the point ?

To me there is no point

It was just about having fun

Not about spending money and having the best there is

Looking back over the years

I had alot of fun

I will have those memories forever

Now when work is top priority and little time for anything else

How I wish I could go back and relive those days

But it wouldn't be the same because people have changed

Now if you were playing a board game a cell phone would ring

The other player would probably talk all through the game to another friend

What ever happened to enjoying what you are doing now

Instead people don't want to sit down and eat

They want to grab a bite and go

No time for small talk

I need a ride not I will walk

What happened to a simple yoyo

It never got old

Now if it doesn't move by itself in ten different directions who wants it

I hope I am over exagerating

But when I see children with $140.00 sneakers to wear out to play

I don't think so

I have lived and enjoyed many things

But one thing I never got for myself is a pair of ripped jeans and hooped earrings

Then was then and now is here to stay until new dreams change this day


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    • DREAM ON profile imageAUTHOR

      DREAM ON 

      8 years ago

      Nellieanna If it is alright with you I would love to put all your comments and percise explanations in a book.I am not sure if it can be done.But it would be so much fun trying.They are works of art in themselves.I just love to read them and reread them over and over pulling out new knowledge every time I read it again.Life is short but it can be the most thrilling experience of all time.Peace and love are easily found whereever you go.Thanks.

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      Nellieanna Hay 

      8 years ago from TEXAS

      Yes, my friend. Everything has become too "pre-packaged", "processed" and "pre-digested" with the speed and efficiency of the computer. And just like all the vitamin pills one is told to take to "supplement" diets which are full of empty calories, chemicals, fillers, and hot air, rather than simply partaking of Nature's own vitamins, minerals and nutrients - - - so it is with our brian-food. Much of what it gets from electronic sources are "empty" brain calories, making obese but unhealthy minds to go with obese and unhealthy bodies.

      A doctor tried to get me to stop eating fresh fruit and veggies and to take "fiber" supplements instead. And it's such pressure when a doctor recommends something, but I have a life-long habit of thinking for my own body. I didn't take the supplement and have no fiber problems!

      There are times when one must heed the doctor, of course, but it is well to understand where they are coming from and judge accordingly. Also, I am usually aware that when I must heed the doctor are those times when I've failed to use my own good health judgement in general until something has gone too far haywire in my system to be self-corrected. Of course, when I neglect my sleep or eat too much junk, my body is going to let me know! If it's not TOO late, I can fix it, but if my bod has developed a serious response in the form of a disease, I may have to have medical help. But I never forget what one doctor told me. He was a new doctor in the HMO we had, and I informed him that I didn't like to take a lot of medicine. "But, Mrs. Hay," he replied, 'That is what I DO!" Uh -huh. After that, we sort of had an understanding, though. If I came to him for anything other than a routine checkup, he always asked me what I'd already done about my condition.

      This just makes me more determined to keep up with my own health while it is HEALTH and not illness needing care (which usually translates to chemical drugs and/or surgery)

      Likewise with mental and spiritual influences. We must gauge them for ourselves and not "swallow" everything that is offered - or pushed upon us.

      You're so right about the joy of "making do" - finding one's own toys, making them. I "built" many a doll house, furniture and wagon out of produce crates and Velveeta cheese boxes, using skates for wheels. Figuring out how to attach them, or stack them, decorate them, furnish them - using a combination of whatever "store-bought" things I had with my own inventions - all those were exercises for the brain and imagination. I know that my parents wouldn't have provided every thing in the world to play with even if they could have afforded it. By the time I came along, they had become more comfortable than when my elder siblings were young, but they didn't indulge me. But even so, I think the elder ones had more freedom than I did, being the "nest egg". haha.

      Your example of getting to actually interview with our future boss and to know him - those are such important details folks miss out on now. They interact with jillions of people the world over but get to KNOW almost none. Life is so impersonal now. And - as you say - so "instant" everything. No more waiting to see what's under the tree. Now the kids go pick out what they want and only have to wait to unwrap it.

      Or if it's a surprise, they say "Oh yeah - that's my second one of those (whatever expensive "toy" it is)" Then they add that there's a much better version they really do want.

      But there is hope. I'm still amazed that out of all the expensive flashy things, my step-great-grandson was carrying around and using a little zipper insert with a small spiral notebook and some colored pens, which I gave him as an afterthought. He was working ot and drawing diagrams for football plays in the notebook. When his Dad came to pick him up for his second Christmas at his house, it was what he showed him right away! He had tons of fancy things, but he was actually DOING something original with that little thing. Did my heart good!

      By the way - I've found that spell-check will often "fix" a misspelled word by substituting a word that is spelled right but is the wrong word!! Like, I just noticed that it had "corrected" a spelling of a word which I meant to be "using" and changed it to "sung". Spelled right but had nothing to do with what I was trying to say! One has to edit the editors on here!

      Well. Somehow perhaps the millennia of Homo Sapien's experience on this planet will overcome this generation of indulgence and instant gratification - and may even put this one fractional bit of the whole to good use. Let us hope so.


    • DREAM ON profile imageAUTHOR

      DREAM ON 

      8 years ago

      Kirutaye I remember my father not understanding my generation and I couldn't understand why he could not accept the way it was.Now years later I turned into my father.Live and learn.What an amazing life we live with all its wonderful things.Pollyannalana When I was little I never asked for things.I told them things I liked and they always decided what if anything they got.I soon forgot what I wanted and was just happy to get something.We learned to use our imagination more.We certainy wanted more and we made lots of friends and hoped someone might have it.In the end we played with what we had and that was life and we knew if we complained about something they would take that away and we would have nothing.Nellieanna I always thought knowledge was good.My father once told me too much knowledge is bad.It took years of learning to understand what he meant.There were dictionaries if you didn't know how to spell a word.You had to physically look it up.Computers came along with spell check.At a glance you know what words our mispelled.Sometimes your words our even corrected for you.I remember the time it took to look up the words but we did it on our own.In the proccess of doing it we came across other words and learned as we go method.Spell check is 100 times faster but is it better I am not sure.We weren't asking to be perfect.Just asking ways to improve and make ourselves better.I think the pressure to be more than we are is too much.Why isn't the best we can be good enough.We are not machines.We make mistakes and thank God for that.It has been accepted that you can plot and conspire against others to get what you want.Like in the reality shows.What happened to teamwork and coming last because a team member fell down and got hurt and the others went to help.That's courage and respect and loyalty I want my children to learn.Not how to embarass someone or humiliate or trick others to get what you want just to win.The thought of loosing books all together would be a such a shame.Computers and E-books are great for convience but there is too much of a good thing.If you hold a book in your hand and read it it is all about that one book.The author and the way you feel about the many mixed feelings the author is sharing and trying to share.If on the computer you are surrounded by ads and other distractions.So instead of reading the story you might turn to other sources to get the quick version.Like crib notes for anything.Your mind processes it's thoughts different from there on out.The quick fix.The easy answer.We have stopped using our imagination and the process which is so important.I remember my first interview for a job.How nervous I was and yet I did it one on one with my new boss.I learned alot. What I should of did and didn't.How to face real life situations and deal with them not matter what the outcome.That is life.How for many years I didn't want to leave this one job for another knowing I have to go for another interview with a new boss.It gave me pride in my job.I felt I knew him more and he knew me too.Now I hear you can do job applications online and your either hired or your not.Wow How would that of changed my duties as a worker and my thoughts of my boss.Life I know is always changing and in time things will be different again.I have learned to roll with the punches and use a little common sense.Many young minds our lacking this good quality today.Thank you everyone for such wonderful support and deep comments.I loved them all.

    • Nellieanna profile image

      Nellieanna Hay 

      8 years ago from TEXAS

      Yes - and the gift-giving season brings it so clearly into focus.

      Childhood is being invaded too. Babies are being taught to read and to shimmy like Vegas dancers. It may be good to accelerate learning and the various capabilities - but for what applications? To play more sophisticated electronic games? To demand ever more possessions which, as you say - become obsolete and boring in a short span of time? To quest for more "reality" TV in which people are hateful to each other and resort to violence to express it?

      Not only is it a bored and demanding generation, but its methods and motivations foster bullying and unspeakable violence. But isn't it what they're being taught and what they'll know to teach the next generation? From whence would they get ideas of civility and fairness? Even the books are being rewritten to distort history and then by the time they're made into e-books, even the "feel" of a book in hand or in a "book satchel" or on a bookshelf will be unknown. Information must be poured in like cream into the coffeecup, without effort or even much interest in getting it.

      I watch the parents and the children and wonder who is the hostage and who is the kidnapper in this drama? The peer pressure is a form of blackmail, it seems. "Have to have" it because they'll be bullied if they show up without the expensive sneakers or without a cell phone. So parents are bullied into getting them the items. And as Pollyannalana mentioned - the dual parenting situations create more grounds for competiion of "things".

      As you conclude, though - it is the stuff of which the future must be made. They'll enter it with whiter teeth, more "friends" on Facebook, two of every expensive electronic game and gadget (and dissatisfied that they don't have the newer version or next generation of these "toys" which cost more than a family's budget used to be!) - and helpless to know what to do should they be faced with real challenges of survival.

      And of course - as you especially point out -- lacking the simple ability to enjoy something, to love it enough to want to use it again and again and to share it with friends who can enjoy it again and again.

      I am an optimistic realist and a realistic optimist and I know it will work out - or not. LOL My concern is not so much a criticism but it is a real concern for the hope and spirit of a generation who seem insatiable and therefore forever frustrated. It's sad when it seems "old-fashioned" and out of step to simply recommend to stop and smell the roses and to admit that everything isn't always rosy but that hard work and good attitude can improve what needs to be improved and that there is much to appreciate all around us!

      The main thing is to do what each of us knows to do ourselves, I think. To BE an example.

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      8 years ago from US

      I agree with you completely, a piece of clothing was always a part of our gift and most times I liked that best, my parents never ever found out I didn't like dolls but I smiled and said thank you every year until I as 10 or 12. I think today is horrible what are demanded of parents and somehow they get it. I don't think they are making memories either, many have to spend part at one parents house and part at the others.

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      8 years ago from London, UK

      I look back at my youth with fond memories, life did seem much simpler and more fun then. But my children are of a different generation and like different things. I hope that when they look back the memories will also be fond too.

      Thank you for sharing.

    • DREAM ON profile imageAUTHOR

      DREAM ON 

      8 years ago

      Heart4theword The children of today use a gauge that is broken they are not happy with the past and can never be happy with the future.I wonder what will their children want and how will that change the way we think,act and live.Fine tuning life working for the things that we have always wanted and not always getting gives us drive and enormous ambition to succeed.If you take away the drive there is no ambition.What will their accomplishments be ?We are seeing a spoiled generation unlike the previous generations.Thank you for your insight and wonderful thoughts.It will be interesting to see how the future unfolds.

    • heart4theword profile image


      8 years ago from hub

      Yes, as we get older our priorities change:) We learn to fine tune the important things of life! Our past is a gauge for the future, what can we do different?

    • DREAM ON profile imageAUTHOR

      DREAM ON 

      8 years ago

      Darlene Sabella I am glad I lived when I did.Maybe I am old fashioned but I enjoyed the simpler things and they were so much fun.Thanks for sharing memories.

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      Darlene Sabella 

      8 years ago from Hello, my name is Toast and Jam, I live in the forest with my dog named Sam ...

      great hub, sometimes when I look back at my life, I wish I had done many things different, then other times I wish I had changes many things, then again I try not to think to much about what I can't change. Rate up, fantastic & peace darski


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