Where is my generation? The ones that were born in the 80’s and 90’s where did you go? I used to see you outside playing in the street or the fields. I haven’t seen you outside playing in a a long time. Did 9/11 kick your rear ends to hard? Did you drink to much or party to much after 21? Since when did you become your parents? I thought we were the rebellious generation with minds of our own. What happened? Now you are doing the same thing your parents did.
Did you turn 18 and forget what it was like to be a child? Did you focus too much on college and that false promise of success? Are you to busy working behind a desk now to pay off the bills associated with false success? Or were you very successful college went well now are you to busy working for that corporate owner? Or are you that corporate owner?
Where are your children? Why are you not playing outside with them? Where are your laughing kids in the streets? When will you kick them outside to make memories?
I remember what it was like to be a child. I remember what it was like to be pushed away from the TVs. Cell phones were not something every person owned. I ran around my neighborhood without a cell phone guess what I survived and no I did not get kidnapped.
It is sad watching the people you care about grow up and get older. I remember being a child and making vows of how our lives will go as adults. How many of you are doing that?
How many promises to that childhood did you let down?
How long will you ignore that inner child before you go play?
When will you come out from behind your desks, tvs, cell phones, and cars? (I miss you)
Or are you going to stay behind them until you are trapped in a nursing home and you are too old to do anything about it?
Things really have not changed much. The children of today will be behind desks too. They will forget what it was like to play one day also. What kind of example are you going to choose to be? Are you going to raise a generation that only understands work , electronics, and war? Or can the 90s generation that I remember raise a generation of free people?
Wake up 90s generation! Do you want your children to experience the same war hell you experienced? Do you want them waking up and screaming every night because they cannot get phases of their life out of their heads? Do you want them more drugged up then you are?
Come on pull your kids away from the I pad or TV it will be okay. It is okay to pull all the cushions off the couch and make a fort today and just read. It is okay to call into work and take your kids to a state park for a hike they haven’t ever had! It is okay to take a ball to the local field and play ball. It is okay to buy yourself a coloring book and color with your 4 year old. I promise. Nobody will make fun of you and your child will love you more!
That is my challenge for you. Raise your children to not become slaves to a system. Raise them to know what it is like to love and not kill. Shut off the violence and kick them outside. How long has it been since you went for a bike ride Mom and Dad?
“In the 1950s kids lost their innocence.
They were liberated from their parents by well-paying jobs, cars, and lyrics in music that gave rise to a new term —the generation gap.
In the 1960s, kids lost their authority.
It was a decade of protest—church, state, and parents were all called into question and found wanting. Their authority was rejected, yet nothing ever replaced it.
In the 1970s, kids lost their love. It was the decade of me-ism dominated by hyphenated words beginning with self.
Self-image, Self-esteem, Self-assertion….It made for a lonely world. Kids learned everything there was to know about sex and forgot everything there was to know about love, and no one had the nerve to tell them there was a difference.
In the 1980s, kids lost their hope.
Stripped of innocence, authority and love and plagued by the horror of a nuclear nightmare, large and growing numbers of this generation stopped believing in the future.
In the 1990s kids lost their power to reason. Less and less were they taught the very basics of language, truth, and logic and they grew up with the irrationality of a postmodern world.
In the new millennium, kids woke up and found out that somewhere in the midst of all this change, they had lost their imagination. Violence and perversion entertained them till none could talk of killing innocents since none was innocent anymore.”
― Ravi Zacharias, Recapture the Wonder
What will we lose with the next generation? When will all of you come out and play? I am waiting for you and I cannot wait to see and meet you!