Taking a Break

It's about time...

I really need a break from working on Nostalgia. I’ve been going hard for the last two and a half years, posting multiple times a day on social media, and I have wound my self down, unfortunately. I have less and less to say about the things I remember from being young. And what I do have to say is often at odds with other people’s memories. As we get older, we sometimes turn into the worst parts of our parents, and I see entirely too much generational hate coming from Gen X and Millenials towards the younger generations. And most of it falls into the unfounded generational idiocy that has been around since Aristotle dolefully observed:

Young people have exalted notions, because they have not been humbled by life or learned its necessary limitations; moreover, their hopeful disposition makes them think themselves equal to great things — and that means having exalted notions. They would always rather do noble deeds than useful ones: Their lives are regulated more by moral feeling than by reasoning — all their mistakes are in the direction of doing things excessively and vehemently. They overdo everything — they love too much, hate too much, and the same with everything else.

The more things change, the more they stay the same, and it seems that few in my generation have a hopeful mindset about the children of the world. Maybe it is because I do not have children of my own. Maybe it is because I work closely with lots of 20-somethings at the University and see not only potential in them, but how many of them are so much better human beings than I was at their age. And when I hear “the younger generation doesn’t want to work!” gibbering out of the mouths of people my age, I roll my eyes because I also remember when they were 20 and “didn’t want to work.”

So there is a bit of disillusionment behind my break, but I’m also just tired. It takes a lot of time and energy to release a single post a day, let alone four or five throughout the day. And even if I’m trying to stay ahead and schedule them, it takes a long, long time to compose the posts and search for images, and try to “get it right.” I’d rather put that energy towards something else for a little bit.