This one may have strayed a bit from positivity...
Things that make you cringe, right down to the fiber of your being. As a woman, I am probably more aware of certain cringes that a man isn't; and as someone firmly rooted in the ever-growing 21st century, I'm also certain I have an additional awareness to mass-cringe that some seem insulated from.
That's right, I'm talking about Boomers. But, not really. Not Boomers in the generational sense, but in the spirit of "the good old days" mentality. The idea of TV and sports, going to bars for a hook-up, and (perhaps the most sinister) calling a friend to talk. Gross.
Don't get me wrong, it's not completely alien. We have a smart TV (that we use as a large monitor), and I enjoy a good round of sports... as long as it's a fun, cooperative video game. Plenty of people still like going to bars, and I get that (not me), but if you're looking for a hook-up, doesn't everyone use Tinder now? But phone calls? What monsters still think that kind of intrusive connection is socially acceptable anymore?
The Non-Boomer Boomer
And the most confusing bit is when it's someone under 40 still clinging to a world long dead and gone. People younger than me that still think the term "nerd" is an insult, and somehow managed to skirt around texting, messaging, or casual emails simply baffle the hell out of me. To choose HBO and Cinemax over Minecraft or Satisfactory seems to reveal a helplessness and lack of choice I can't quite get behind. It's as if my generation (Millenials) fractured into technology-aware and technology-averse factions: one looking forward at the future and one still fantasizing about the past.
I didn't even think these people existed anymore. It's not wrong to want to do these things in general, and if you prefer talking in person to text that doesn't make you a Boomer necessarily. Rather that when paired with an isolating denial of current society, culture, and technology, that compulsive resistance becomes an abrasive beast making communication nearly impossible.
Our 21st Century World
For all its flaws of gamer isolation, streamer anxiety, hookup app perversion, and general disconnection at large, I'm way happier being part of this century. There's so much to learn and do and see, and even though I'll never get to the end of the internet's infinite wonder, it's always entertaining to try. The good, the bad, the crazy, the ugly, the wonderous, the unique, the bold, the idiotic, the super-smart, the teachers, the students, the complete mess of everything that it is and will be continues to fascinate and amuse me.
And yes, sometimes it's awful. Sometimes I hate everything and want to drown it all our and hide under a rock until our species evolves into something decent again. But that's part of life, accepting the balance- not just the greatness we can be, but also the depth of evil of which we are capable. Everything from connection to accessibility and more, this century has blasted off into a sort of pre-space-age-ness that I, for one, am proud to live through.
There's just no time to stay rooted in the world that was, from my point of view. To build a better tomorrow, we have to be fully present in today. For better or worse, I firmly believe it's best to let that past go and grab on for the wild ride!
Just an odd, awe-inspired, avocado advocate (not necessarily advocating avocados, though!) with a mission to put more joy into the world.