I hear it (and think it) often, "I miss the good old days." I think what people mean by that is they miss the pace of life back in the "old days." For those of us over 50, we grew up in a more laid back, slower time. No cell phones demanding our constant attention. No internet -- thus, no constant updates on Facebook, Instagram, or Twitter. Only 4 or so channels on TV. No video games. Only "big cities" had fast food.
Excitement was what we created in our own imaginations. Which made us perfectly happy with matchbox cars where we were the motors, wooden guns we talked our grandpas into making out of his scrap lumber, GI Joes and Barbies, and Schwinn Bicycles with a banana seat. Adventure was found in our backyards or in the woods at the end of the street. We could play "out front" with very little concern for safety. Meals were eaten around a table with the entire family. A vacation was a road trip to Colorado and a week of sleeping in a tent, fishing for dinner, and hiking to abandoned mines.
But, I'll be honest, there are things about the "good old days" I don't miss. Medical knowledge has lengthened and greatly improved the quality of life. Many of you reading this have benefited from modern medicine. My own mom went through a health scare last year. She'd not be here today had her illness occurred even five years ago. Life expectancy was the late 60's or early 70's just 40 years ago. Now, most of us can expect to live into the late 80's, even the 90's. I'm thinking I want to climb my 100th peak on my 100th birthday...
And while technology has sure sped up life, it's also enhanced life. My son lives in Arizona and with just the touch of a button, I can see his face and carry on a conversation anytime I want. That makes the many miles a little less distant.
I guess what I'm saying is that every generation offers new challenges and, at the same time, new opportunities and advantages. While I will always treasure the "good old days." I'm going to live in the moment and treasure today even more!