Tradition

Missing the Old Times

As I celebrated the birthday of a friend I’ve grown up with, it was funny to hear many of us say that we missed the old days or wonder how we had all drifted so far apart.

Growing up results in numerous changes, as we all head down different avenues in our life and start doing new things.  Some of us will be more busy than others and some may begin to drift apart, which can lead to broken friendship groups.

However, no matter how far apart or busy we may be, our group will come together to celebrate a birthday, a baby blessing or any other big occasion.  When we need to be there for each other, then we’ll be there for each other and I know that the majority of us will continue that tradition.

One of the best things about being around the huge group of my church friends again was getting jokes and watching their crazy behaviour, which always leaves in me in fits of laughter and then a sore throat.  Being in that upbeat, joyful environment always makes me feel fresh and a lot younger again.

Celebrating with my lifelong friends and reminiscing about old times was definitely the boost I needed and no matter how lonely or strange I may feel, those moments with those people always make me feel good.  I know that they’re going to be a part of my life forever.

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Our Example

When I look at the example set by some of the elders of our generation, I start to wonder about how much hope there is for our generation.  The actions that some of them carry out and the things that some of them say are very suspect and simply set a bad example overall.

I enjoy watching The Wendy Williams Show, but listening to some of the statements that she has made recently really bothered me.  I sit there thinking, “Can you even hear what you just said” and “Do you really think it’s okay to say that or behave like that”?  It confuses me and makes me question her morals.

A grown woman should not be encouraging a young woman to cheat, because she is still in her prime and not yet ready to settle into married life.  If you practise certain activities in your youth or early relationships, it becomes the norm for you and it will be very hard for you to stop when you grow older and eventually get married.

I personally don’t use curse words or swear words – whichever way you want to put it – but I definitely do not think that parents should use that type of language around their children, specifically young children.  They will pick those words up and eventually use them in their later life, sometimes to an unnecessarily frequent extent.  Personally, I want to keep my children’s minds (and mouths) as pure as possible for as long as possible.

All around us, we see adults feeding us lies and treating each other in a hurtful or negative way.  We observe the mockery of marriage with the constant break-ups and quick divorces that are in the public eye.  The obsession with fame and the media means that we are constantly bombarded with cheap behaviour, individuals finding fame over basically nothing and an obsession with youth and appearance.

Of course, there are numerous elders who set really good examples, but they seem to get drowned out by the more negative influences.  It is a shame, because it seems that a significant number of young people now have less morals, less respect for themselves and are constantly shying away from traditional ideals.

Hopefully we can find a way to break the cycle, so that our generation will set the best example possible for our children, but somehow I don’t think that is going to happen.  This world just continues to get worse and worse.