Old and Set In My Ways

When I was a young man I used to complain about the old folks being “stuck in their ways.” I was a child of the 60’s and new thinking and new ways were accelerating during that time. My mom would listen to a song I liked and she would say “they really scraped the bottom of the barrel to get that song.” I didn’t understand why old people couldn’t change with the times. However, since I’ve gotten older myself I have a lot better understanding of the old people of my youth. Today I find myself believing many of the same things I believed as a young man, but those beliefs seem to be out-of-step with much of the attitudes young people have today. For example, I’m not a fan of tattoos or body piercing. I’ve never known someone whose looks improved because they had one or more. However, when I take a walk on a beach, it seems that more people have them than people who don’t. I realize that getting a tattoo or a pierced eyebrow doesn’t change who someone is, it’s just different from the way I grew up. I was never into drugs or booze. As a boy raised on a farm, I was taught the value of hard work and that one has a responsibility to support himself and his family. As I have aged I have become more aware of the importance of my faith in God, and the importance of displaying good character and high ethical standards. These characteristics weren’t as important to me when I was young. I believe that developing a deeper sense of self is just part of getting older. So I don’t worry too much about the young people of today. I still remember the old folks of my youth complaining about all us lazy Baby-Boomers. The Millennials may not want to think about it, but they will be old way too soon. They will figure out the importance of family, faith, and finance soon enough