THROUGH SIMILAR EYES: HOW WILL THE FUTURE LOOK TO MY GENERATION IN OLD AGE

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“What will tomorrow through my eyes look like compared to them today?”


You ever wonder what the world looks like through the eyes of a person whose been on Earth a very long time? And when I say long, I mean someone who is in their 90’s or even 100 years old. My great grandmother was born near the turn of the century in the early 1900’s. And to be exact, it was 1914; so I wonder what did life look to her around the time of her getting close to 90. SheImage result for 20th century died in the year 2010, and that must have been some intense life. The politicians she witnessed take office, the multiple ways in which we communicate, the social movements, and the way technology has made leaps and bounds. So I ask of all those millennials out there like me, “What will life look like to those of us who make it to that point in life?”

Just this past week, I had the opportunity to test a VR (virtual reality) headset that someone I know designed. And just by observing through this headset, you can feel how much life is going to change once the technology is really to scale. You’ll get a chance to experience life in the past through the use of this headset. Related imageMeaning, technology will be so good that we can recreate moments of the past and live them through these innovative machines. Not just the technology, but what will the state of relationships look like by this time. If I live to 90 to 100 years old, you are going to have people who have been married for 40, 50, and 60 years who met on Tinder or some other dating site. It sounds crazy today, but will be totally fine in the future. Members of the LGBTQ community raising children and adopting will be a non-conversation point. And I will be of a generation that has experienced what we read about in books.

That means I will be old enough to have gotten a chance to vote for America’s first Black president. Which most likely by this time will have been so much of an after thought that the conversation will be archaic. I will have remembered when the White House was illuminated in the rainbow colors to mark the day when gays had the right to vote. I will remember events that took place that rocked the country such as September 11th terror attacks and even Image result for 9/11the Oklahoma City bombing which claimed the lives of so many young children. Natural disasters such as Hurricane Andrew, Katrina, and Sandy. I will be one of the last generations born in the decades known as the 1980’s and the generations born who remember the 1900’s as a century in time. I will even remember the first social media ways in which we first started to communicate. Meaning, I will be the last of the age group who remember when the internet was created for the public.

In the end, living on this planet for a long time gives you a sense of understanding about civilizations that no one else has experienced. What everyone else had to read about, you lived through and witnessed. So you will become almost like a form of entertainment for people to come and ask questions. People will also on average live longer, so there will be more centennials than any other time period. Now I can’t guarantee that I will be that age upon death, but what a time a Earth that must be to experience so much in life.


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WHERE DOES THE TIME GO: HOW TIME TICKS AND MAKING THE MOST OF LIFE IS IMPORTANT

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“Keep yourself busy, time surely does.”


Get up, go to work, come home, eat sleep, do it all over again. So many people have a daily routine that consists of the same thing day in and day out. Never trying anything new in life, their life remains constant. Then the days go by and before you know it, you have spent years doing nothing. This is the life for so many people in America. Totally fine if you’re doing something you love to do for a living. But there are so many people who don’t; and for them it’s depressing. Well why, why do so many people waste time doing nothing with their lives.

See, me myself, I work two part time jobs while working on my real career path. So after work I work on my novels, screenplays, and filmmaking in the computer lab. Since 2012 I have been continuously working at getting better and better. From the moment I sit in the seat in the computer lab, you’d be surprised how much time ticks away. There have been days I enter the lab at 9:00 a.m., then look up and it’s 1:00 p.m. I continue to work and next thing I know the clock is at 7:00 p.m. I look outside to confirm this change in time. The sky is dark and evening has set in, while I work for the next few hours. At roughly 10:40 p.m. I leave and go home. It’s tough because you’re working toward something, yet no income is initially coming in.

But what about the others, what about the people who do nothing but exist. They not only just work their jobs, they hate their jobs, and see themselves going nowhere. What a tough way to live your life. Some of these people will find their way and eventually land on their feet. Others will never find their way and forever live in misery. Such a tortured life, live to the end and regret every minute of it. Sitting around and watching everyone else live thier lives, yet you never make a move to live your own life. Well, why do people sit around and not make a move with their lives.

Some of it is due to the lack of motivation and some comes from the fact that they are not good at anything. Not having a real discernable skill is depressing as well. Because having a discernable skill not only aids in you generating a living, but also contributes to your happiness. See, in the end, we all have this idea of where we want to be in life. Getting there is the hard part. Problem is, most people will never reach that point. Not only reach that point, but will also never find what it is they’re good at in life.

THE FORGOTTEN ONES: THE LONESOME POPULATION OF ELDERLY IN AMERICA

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“Everybody has to get old; who will care for you?”

As we age in society most of us contemplate what will come of ourselves as we get older. Will we be able enough to care for ourselves or will we need assisted living? Will there be someone there to check in on us like a friend or family or will we be placed in a care facility? For most people, no one wants to be placed in an elderly facility. We call them, “Old Folks Homes,” and they carry so many negative connotations. From the neglect of no one coming to see them or the physical and mental abuse some endure while they are there at the hands of staff members. But what I am writing about is not just living in an assistant living facility, but the loneliness elderly people face.

Walking the streets of New York City, you see elderly men and women who have no friends and no family. And for the ones who do have loved ones, the close relatives don’t even bother coming around to visit them. So the elderly sit around bored and alone. Some who are physically unable to leave confines of their homes, so they just wither away. I read in the newspaper or even watch the news about how elderly men and women in the housing projects never leave their apartments; especially during the winter months. It’s no wonder a lot of them face mental issues or their memories diminish. There is nothing around them to keep their minds sharp. I had a grandmother (my mother’s mother) who passed away, but it was a physical ailment. Outside of that, she was an able bodied woman. As for other people her age, a lot weren’t.

But why, why do we leave the older generations not cared for, even though we ourselves have to get old one day? Do we do it because we don’t care? Or is it because we have to make a living for ourselves in today’s society? A lot of it has to do with having to live in society yourself. If you are the everyday working man or woman, you have to be out earning in society. So trying to care for a parent or other relative is tough. And with a lack of jobs, people are forced to work more now than ever. So the idea of working multiple jobs is a reality. Now you’re going to have even more people aging and left alone. I don’t think people are careless, it’s just you have to work so hard at yourself it’s tough to care for another close to you.

In the end, the aging population of men and women in America is growing because due to modern medicine people are living longer. Does that mean even more lonely and shutout citizens? The upside to all this is that we have more able bodied elderly. As a matter of fact, my mother and her sisters are considered elderly, but by their ability to be mobile they are far from it. You wouldn’t know that these are women who have officially become the elderly. Because 60 years old in the past was old, it’s still young in the world today. So maybe there is some good that could come from the new aging population.

TICK TOK: WHERE HAS THE TIME GONE

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“Ever sleep and wake up feeling like life is passing by too fast?”

September 20, 1987 is the year and date I was born. In just this small amount of time, so much has happened in my personal life and private life. A life spanning 30 years, is short compared to the overall average life expectancy. But in such a short period of time things can take place which can make or break you. Yet I’m not talking about time in the sense of existing. I’m referring to time in the context of the days, weeks, months, and years passing by. But there is a stark contrast between time passing by and life passing you by. One is inevitable and out of our control. The other we have control over, yet some of us never seize the opportunity.

Well, how do we effect the changing time. And once again, I say we can’t. Ever hear the saying, “Time waits for no man.”This small quote allows us to understand that whatever we aim to accomplish in this world, do not waste time. But there is another time phrase we use as people and that is, “If I could turn back the hands of time.” Normally people who make this statement wish they could go back and correct some sort of mistake. Regrets play such a vital role in us wanting this to go backward in time. But are there any other reasons time gets to us?

Yes, most of the time, we sit around and contemplate where has time gone. This is once we are stationary and our minds start to roam. We look about ourselves in the mirror and our surroundings. All the while asking questions relating to things we once used to do, or some memory. Not realizing how long it’s been since we did whatever it was we were doing at the time of contemplation. We might say to ourselves, “I remember when that song came out.” “That’s when I got my first kiss.” Then you see the year the song came out and your’re shocked by what you see. “Man, that song came out 30 years ago.” “Naw, it hasn’t been 30 years already.”

Time is something that we have studied and tried wrapping our minds around for centuries. It’s fascinating to look back and contemplate all the things we’ve experienced in life. That’s if you’ve lived a good life. But if your life has gone nowhere, then you’re not enjoying contemplating about your time on Earth. Now as I come upon my 30th birthday over the next 9 months, I think and feel there is a lot to look forward to, which will give me great memories once I get there and look back on life.