Today is my birthday. I’m 43. My brothers are 45 and 53. We are officially to a stage in our lives that heavily resembles the way I viewed our parents while growing up. What drives me now is what drove them too. And the lessons they tried to teach me are understood so much more at my core than ever before.
I’ve nurtured my children in much the same way that my Mom did for us. I’ve introduced new technologies to my kids the same way my Dad did for us… it’s just more advanced. My Dad was an electrician who was obsessed with new technologies, science fiction, and television. My Mom was entertaining and crafty; she lived to make a home for us all. They were both extremely creative, resourceful, industrious, and skilled in a lot of things. They both passed away in early 2017, but they never left me.
As any generation eventually learns, the roles we play in life will, in many ways, closely mirror those who showed us how to be who we are. At the same time, we’ll get to see what they only once imagined – and the wheel in the sky keeps on turning.
Well, now that shows my age a bit. A lot of things do these days, I’ve noticed. And I’m okay with that. I had a very wise friend once, who has since passed on, that truly believed in growing old gracefully. She inspired me to do the same. Her name was Willice and she would not only approve of, but encourage, what I’m about to say…
I am happy with who I am, the kind of person I strive to be, and all the unusual and secret parts of me. I have a multitude of interests that bring me joy and I like that life is not black or white, 2-dimensional, 1-sided, or completely niche, because that would be so boring. I like the things I like, even when it’s not popular. I like diversity and individuality. I also like commonalities and nostalgic reverie. I like my life. I like who I came from. I like where I came from. And I like all the quirky cultural associations that helped to form my identity.
To pay homage to my generational culture, and in a fit of nostalgia, I decided to build a board on Pinterest about Growing up in the 70’s and 80s that highlights some of my favorite things that I remember about growing up in that era. Come take a look at all the memories I found! Then, let me know what I may have missed that you would’ve included!
Also check out the link below for a list of great 80’s memes by Missy Baker from Someecards.com.