Were the Good Old Days really Good?
Romanticized and glamorized
Viewed as a better time to be alive than today
There should be a mirror in everyone’s memory saying certain items are not as good as they appear. While some aspects of life might have been better, this day and age provides more and presents us with more opportunities than any previous one ever has.
There’s been studies that have found somewhat of a reason for the good-old-days-rose-colored glasses… thinking about the good old days triggers neurochemicals that make you feel good. And apparently feeling good causes many to forget the past also had only 24 hours in a day, crying toddlers, conflicts, financial issues, cheating, greed, crime, rape and murder.
Do yourself a favor… stroll through your comfortable house to your perfect Pottery Barn desk and your ergonomically correct chair. Click a few buttons on a gadget made of metal, glass and plastic that instantly connects you, not only with people close by, but the whole freakin’ world!
Do some research on statistics about deaths from childhood, polio, infections and more in years past. Also look up what some of the items you regularly use looked like in the good old days. Can you find a shower, stove, washing machine, refrigerator and lawn mower?
I don’t know how they survived… I couldn’t find any evidence of a Keurig coffee maker.
And think of this… if you are now around 50 and if you lived in the 1920s, you’d be dead or almost dead now. Stick that in your pipe and smoke it.
Plus, have you ever considered that fact that these are the ‘good old days’ future generations will look back on with rose-colored glasses? (okay, maybe not the recession, but in general)
So look around and realize what an awesome time we live in!
One thing we have that our ancestors could not even begin to fathom is endless opportunities to educate ourselves at no cost.. .
12 and dozen together is not a typo… there seriously are 12 dozen places on the list.
And if you read through the comments, you find even more that other readers have left.
So the next time you wish you knew more about so and so… with a few clicks, you can probably remedy that. And with that list, you should never be bored again.
And whenever you get caught in the trap of thinking life in the good old days was better or easier… sit on your porcelain throne in your temperate-controlled bathroom and use your soft 2-ply quilted toilet paper to wipe the rose-coloring off your rear-view mirror..
So instead of complaining or wishing… let’s embrace life today and live it well. And maybe click a few buttons and learn something new, there’s a few dozen places waiting on you.