There is nothing more infuriating to me than hearing about the good old days. I thought it was the bastion of old men, usually grandads, telling us how rubbish the world is now and how great it was when they didn’t have telly and all worked down the mines.
Well, folks, you’re all there. You’ve all started doing it and I couldn’t be more frustrated about it.
If I get one more Facebook meme pop up telling me that life was perfect when we all stayed outside until the street lights came on and how we all did more of this and less of this .
Have you bloody heard yourselves. For goodness sake.
You must remember what it was like when you were a child and your parents banged on about how great the 50’s were. Well, now YOU’RE doing it. The 70’s were not that great, you just think they were because you’re now a grown up.
It was great playing outside, but back then parents weren’t judgemental. They didn’t blame parents because a bad person took advantage of a child enjoying their childhood. They were unlucky. Nowadays, I guarantee that a good chunk of parents would love to have their kids out playing, but are afraid of being judged for it. Can you imagine seeing your neighbours 4-year-old playing around the road? Tell me you wouldn’t call someone after you’ve seen it happen for days on end?
We are the product of our own social norms and we’ve got no-one else to blame but ourselves.
As for the phone issue. If someone had given me a phone at 12 years old that did what phones do now I would have been over the moon. Much like children do now, I’d have spent lots of time on it, but I’d spend time at school, time in the garden, time playing sport, some more time on my phone. My parents didn’t let me watch television 24 hours a day, I wasn’t allowed to read at the dinner table. We’re all perfectly capable of managing this amazing technology and embrace it for what it is………….bloody amazing.
Feel free to look back on your childhood with nostalgia but please stop comparing it to our children’s childhood……….because whatever you’re moaning about now, will be their “Good old days”. Imagine that!