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Today I wanted to talk about the differences around different generations and how I came to observe this…
I was lucky to have 4 x generations under one roof earlier this year – My maternal grandmother, mother, myself and my daughter. It was great time and it was heart warming to see my grandmother play and interact with Emelina even though she doesn’t speak English well and Eme only understands basic Tongan. The way they communicated was through the international language of love and affection 🙂
While talking to my grandmother I started to wonder about her experiences and I was transported to a different time.
My grandmother belongs to a generation called Traditionalists.
She grew up in a time where there were disastrous world war conflicts (WWI and WWII), raised by her parents (my great-grandparents) who had just survived the post-Depression years with food and services were not readily available so I can understand these testing circumstances will shape the core values of the people of this era.
Just take a moment and think about your own grand parents. Are they spend thrift? Do they focus on saving money rather then spending it? If something is broken do they try and fix it rather then pay for a service to fix it? Are they more inclined to walk from A to B rather then drive? Do they feel like a burden if they ask for help because they would rather do everything for themselves? Do they typically eat ‘just enough’ rather then over indulge on food?
How did you go? Did you mostly answer YES to the above? Interesting thought isn’t it?
What is abundantly clear to me is that they lived in a different time to how we live now.
Let’s look at our current living conditions…
According to the table above I belong to a generation called Millennials born from 1981 onward.
This informative chart describes exactly what I’m feeling but finding difficult to express.
We are living in a time of convenience. We expect things to be available on demand, head to the local shopping centre we expect longer trading hours, on demand TV to watch programs when we want, purchases made on the credit card with one flick of the wrist, online shopping, self-driving cars… the list goes on! Wow, what a time we live in! Although there is nothing wrong with advancements in technology I also sense that there is a negative side to all these positives.
Thinking about my own experience when I was a teenager I had different ideas on what was important to me. Make up, boys, wearing fashionable clothes. Then as a young adult working full time my focus shifted to meeting different people, having a great time out in town and having difference experiences. Meeting Leki and getting into a serious relationship shifted my focus from experiences here and now to forecasting the future together. Pretty much moving from a single focus to a shared focus. But now, having a little family our outlook has shifted again to our children and what their future holds.
The family unit is the bedrock of our society. When I was a young single adult without a life partner or family I would typically have no issues with taking risks. When you have a family you start to question everything you do and make conscious decisions to reduce the risk of harming your family.
My observation is that the Family unit is the foundation of our society.
Living in a time of convenience means longer trading hours so families can typically go longer without Mum and Dad while they are at work, we can be distracted with too much screen time, being time poor we make bad decisions on food, alternative working hours mean that families don’t sit and eat together, people don’t simply talk to each other anymore when texting is less confrontational…
If you’re ‘with me’ you feel a sense of uneasiness as the generations are vastly different across the whole spectrum including home life, working career, lifestyle choices, technology, money, education, social, political, economy… and so on.
I almost feel like I belong in a different time.
The time of my grandmother. I belong at home and find genuine happiness raising my children, preparing meals for my family, making things, fixing things and keeping the home homely.
The simple life.