Roof’s on. Soffits are done. That’s good. Neigbours houseboat is coming along. That’s good, too. Basically life is progressing and I will take some pics to show off today. It is time for an ‘update’. But I’ll save that for the next post.
My daughter is getting married in a couple of weeks. That’s good. At least 50% of the time, that is good. Sometimes it isn’t. Being a mediator for 20 or so years has exposed a lot of marriages to me (I have mediated well over 200 separation agreements) and I have a different view of it all than most people as a result. But this one looks good. I like B. B seems to like me. That is a good start. Maybe I can get him to do some of the heavy lifting…? We’ll see how this pans out. But, so far, it has all the right ingredients.
But life is changing for young people. The challenges are new and way more daunting. We don’t know what they are going to have to deal with. And how does one or even two deal with climate change and economic turmoil anyway? Add possible children into the mix and it may be a helluva ride for them. I wouldn’t want to have to handle that, myself.
It was hard enough when things were easy. We got started on LIP and OFY grants and be-ins and good music. We had free love – not free virus-ridden love. We had The Beatles, The Stones, The Temptations, Otis Redding, Aretha and Janis. Nowadays, they have rapsters killin’ and bein’ gangstas. Grunge and crap. Meth. They got cartels and Homeland Security and CCTV. Neither Orwell nor I would want to have to grow up with all that.
If they come to me for help, what can I say? “Run! Run for the hills! Get out! Get out now!” Zat sound like experienced wisdom talking? Zat sound like sage advice?
43% of Spanish youth are unemployed. 23% in Greece. Over 30 million Americans are unemployed (officially the number is lower but that is because the ‘official’ number is a false one). Millions more are underemployed. The richest 400 Americans have a greater net worth than the lowest 155 million Americans combined. A huge percentage of 24-to-34 year olds still live at home with their parents. And the US continues to print money and lend it to banks for practically-speaking free in an almost six-year continuing attempt to kick-start the economy. It is not working. Not yet, anyway. That does not make for an ‘easy-entry’ for youth.
But 25 year olds have energy. They have attitude. They have dreams. They have ‘the right stuff’. So, they may do OK. They may do great. Will they ever get to live in paradise and build sheds, tend gardens and be as happy as we are?
I hope so. But I don’t see it comin’ easy.
We ‘boomers’ may have done a ‘not-so-good’ job with our turn at the helm. We should have done better. We still can. Maybe it is time we collectively did something good for the generations coming up…..waddya think?