Friday, May 8, 2020

Wish I Could Turn Back Time, Back To The Good Old Days...

When Were Your Good Old Days?

Every older generation looks on at the younger one and sees themselves.

Don't think it is not lost on me that he is just past 25 when he's wanting to go back to the good old days.

I was telling a client how ridiculous this song was because the singer was not even to the stressed out part of life when he wrote this.  However, it got me thinking: Did I feel the same way when I was his age?

Nope.  I was not.

At the age Tyler Joseph in the video, I thought I was king of the world.  Young and idealistic (well, as much as a GenXer really gets.)  in my good old days, I was just escaping the burden all youth feel.  I was realizing, I didn't need to save the world.  I could just focus on my life and be happy.

I didn't realize it until recently.  That's what made us GenXers so different than the Boomers or the Millenials.  When we hit that realization the world didn't need us to save it, we did what made us happy.

Boomers looked at us and decried how we had no respect for tradition and it was a shame we would lose what made the world great before us.  Instead of settling down to make a living doing some job, we went to find ourselves and do our thing.  

I dropped my pursuit of materialism and truly chose my passion over profit.  I had two job offers.  One was to be a salesman at the Honda Dealership in Loma Linda, California.  The other was to be a personal trainer at some no name gym in Riverside.  Any guesses what I chose?

Now, I jokingly say I might have made a different choice if I would have known that was the number one dealership in the area.  But that was one of the deciding moments of my life.  

But that's why I am not stressed out.  I let go of the pressure on me to have a successful life.  Passion over profit.  

My friend in the song hasn't made that jump.  To my parents, all that mattered was we get degree so we could get good jobs so we could have a safe life.  Security was that external burden.  Millenials share that exact same type of burden. 

Except it isn't as well defined.  My daughter is constantly rallying against the inequity of the world and I just can't relate.  No, calm your SJW jets, I don't support it but I am just not interested in it.  Why?  Because I want to make myself better and by proxy, make you better.

Bill Gates, Richard Branson, and Ted Turner all gave billions to charities in hopes of changing the world.  Rockefeller, Vanderbilt, and Carnegie all impacted the world so much that their names live on after they are forgotten.  How were they able to do that?  

It wasn't because they focused on the inequity in the world.  They made some badass products that helped everyone else make their own lives better.  They made millions because of it.  Now, they can help change the world.

So, my friend, stop wanting mom to sing you to sleep and get focused on kicking ass.  Take some names, get yours and it will make the world a better place.

Or not.  Just leave me out of it.

If you need me, I'll be around.

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