When I left home in 1979 I was 20 years old… I worked at the hospital in the Dietary Department. My starting wage was just $4.54 an hour in 1976…I had more money than I knew what to do with?
I rented a one bedroom apartment up the street from the hospital so I could walk to work.
It was a nice apartment for the price of $450 a month.
I had saved enough money to purchase all brand new furniture and kitchen items.. all the necessities…
For me, back then life was simple…no car..no cell phone…no desire for a fancy TV..mine was ‘fancy’..a 26 inch Magnavox..
To this day we still have the same coffee tables that I purchased back then..solid maple…sure they are scratched and dented..but they are the only thing I have left from that time in my life..other than Doug, of course..
Doug and I had just started dating…life was so easy back then…or so we thought…Sure we had our tough times…but we got through it…
Fast forward to 2011 and we have what I want to call the ‘now generation’..kids that are between the ages of 20-30 and seem to think that they should have the best of the best..
- place to live
- cell phone
- stereo equipment
- fancy vacations
- nice clothes
and when it doesn’t happen as quick as one would like..they make it happen..credit cards do wonders for the ‘self esteem’..
oh, sure we are just as guilty of have the desire to want something without having to wait for it…
But gone are the days of getting that hand me down couch, television, and the orange crates for coffee tables…or living in a friend’s basement just to say you live on your own…
or eating Kraft dinner, tomato soup or meat pies…
The ‘now generation’ isn’t lazy or unintelligent they are just impatient..there is no planning for the future or just waiting for something…instant gratification comes to mind…
Is this ‘now generation’ a result of the parenting or the environment of advertising or is it the old adage of ‘keeping up with the Jones’s?..I would say yes to all of those!
So since we are one of those parents with a 20 something year old..I do wonder how I could have changed things to make it better today..
We can learn from the mistakes and hope that history doesn’t repeat itself with the next ‘now generation’
The lesson to learn..be patient..it will happen…if you get everything now..what is there to look forward to?