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Deja Vu All Over Again

Updated on February 28, 2012

Wait! What happened?

Now, I could have sworn I was just in grade school.
Now, I could have sworn I was just in grade school. | Source

Growing Old

There is a big lesson being taught in schools, and it has been there since schools started teaching by grades, mainly in the past 200 years of mankind's existence. When we are in Kindergarten, all we think about is getting older, getting to be the big kids in Grade 4. In grade school we dream of the days when we get to be the big kids in grade 9. The year comes and goes, with more anxiety over what's to happen the next year as a newbie in high school than any good feelings about being king. After all. we're talking real-life teenagers here!


Oh, No! It's Deja Vu All Over Again!


Now, we get to high school and all we can think about is getting to be in grade 12, to be the kings. The year comes and goes, with more anxiety about being the newbies in college than any good feelings about being king.

We're now teenagers, dreaming of the day when we get our driver's license. More anxiety about college, career choices and sex, marriage, and some of us even taking care of our own children. More anxiety than any good feelings about being king. After all, we're talking adulthood here.

We're now college grads. Or, young parents with steady work in trades (husband in garage or factory, wife in restaurant or store). Now, we look forward to settling down, getting married. Looking forward to having kids. Kids come, looking forward to their college days. College days come, looking forward to grandchildren. Grandchildren come, wonder what happened to life, how in the world did we get old so fast? After all, it was just a few moments ago that we were in grade school, looking forward to grade 4.

Now, we're looking forward to retirement. Retirement comes. Lose memory. Can't remember life, looking forward to getting into grade 4.

Now, we can't afford to retire. Get 2 jobs, can't earn half the pay we made while working. Have to sell the house, move into rental apartment. Looking forward to death. Death comes. It always does.

Deja Vu. All over again.

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      Marc Babineau 6 years ago from Cornwall, Ontario, The Seaway City

      Thanks for dropping by, Jaye! And, thanks for the encouraging words of wisdom! I fully agree that we all need to live our lives like there is no "tomorrow", because once tomorrow comes, it's always too late...

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      Jaye Denman 6 years ago from Deep South, USA

      Good reminder that we need to embrace life while we're here, Marc. I'm on the "downhill slide" toward 70 (birthday after next) and am all too aware how fast time seems to move once one reaches a certain age. It seems only yesterday that I, too, was young and wishing to be older! Now I'm conscious of the fact that whatever I'm going to do must be done in the "here and now." We can't depend on "later." Actually, no one gets a guarantee of "later", so those who are still young should also live life to the fullest.

      Jaye

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      Marc Babineau 6 years ago from Cornwall, Ontario, The Seaway City

      Thanks for that, Christy! I have been down a bit lately and not writing much, but hoping to change that around soon (Had some sales to work out with Constant Content) - as they say, any help is better than a pointy stick!

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      Christy Birmingham 6 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

      I am stopping back in to give your hub here a little nudge with the sharing buttons! Have a great day Marc!

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      Marc Babineau 6 years ago from Cornwall, Ontario, The Seaway City

      That's pretty much the idea! We can't take wealth or possessions with us when we die, so we should spend it all on having fun, buying gear to do the things we love to do. We just happen to be in the demographic that will most likely see the end of society as we know it!

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      Christy Birmingham 6 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

      Ah life is a never-ending circle of starts and ends. I do hope that we have fun along the way!!

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      Marc Babineau 6 years ago from Cornwall, Ontario, The Seaway City

      Thanks very much for the visit, and good luck with making a difference! We need a few million like you to turn this planet around!

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      Steve Orion 6 years ago from Tampa, Florida

      Very interesting and spot-on evaluation of life, really. As I'm only in the 12th grade stage you've illustrated, I get to look forward to the following stages. I pretty much accept the whole cycle of things, and only hope to make a bit of difference before my time is up.(or renewed, depending on your faith ^^)Good Hub, thanks!

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      Marc Babineau 6 years ago from Cornwall, Ontario, The Seaway City

      Ah, the drain of life is the spigot of the ingot, no?

      Thanks for the visit, Rodney!

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      Rodney Fagan 6 years ago from Johannesberg South Africa, The Gold Mine City

      Well, we all get to that stage where the circle has changed.

      Personally I think that as the world has grown, we are suckered into this maw of making money.

      It is now no longer a circle but a spiral.

      Help!

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