By 2025 one in five people will be sixty five and older. More than half will be people of color.
Most of us deal with family issues that suggest a growing divide between people and generations.
The common barriers may be attitudes about the future, financial, political, and social. Cultural differences such as choices in music, visual works, and moral standards are the more common topics that tend to that divide.
While oldsters cry; ” Why can things be like they used to be?” The young respond; “Why can’t you catch up with things?” The world is changing! but, many times the unfortunate accent is being placed on being “cool, rad or awesome”.
In past years there were pictures of “groupies”…. not “selfies”.
Now, those were statements guaranteed to create divide because of their’ critical nature. Why should we not care about our image? (unless it’s Linkedin!). I guess the simplest answer is that our image must go so much deeper than that. It must include our values, and how we observe them. And, values we do not manufacture ourselves, they are planted in us by our Creator and others along the way.
Grandmas and Grandpas love to tell stories, and get out the album just to talk about the days “when”….. Unfortunately, for many of us, we might not realize the impact of that common connection to the past. There may be no albums and a low regard for traditions; however simple they may have been. That responsibility has always been on the table of the parent of every generation. Build the story of stability and predictability by story and documentation. And, don’t expect it to be heard the first time.
While there may be voices that dismiss the whole idea of remembering the past for a stringer grip on the future: A lot of this stuff might not be cool at the moment, but if we warm up to the idea that much of what was, can, and must happen again, it can be a favorable wind beneath young wings.
And Olsters ? listen more to the new stuff!
Or…… have we given up flying all together?