Life is full of numerous twists and turns. The way a person views life depends on which end of the age spectrum they are on. Sometimes you are living a dream — you just don’t realize it at that particular moment.
I remember going back to school after summer vacation in my youth. I liked school, but never do I recall wanting summer to end. Summer seemed like it took forever to get here, and then it was gone in a flash.
Every summer day was chock-full of sports, bike riding, games, swimming and adventures. Some days seemed to be focused on one thing, while others turned into a collage of things. Boredom was never a topic at my house. If you were bored, my Pop would put a lawn mower in your hand.
Taking time out to eat was an inconvenience as my friends impatiently waited outside while sneaking peeks in the back door to see if I was finished eating. My mom would ask the kids politely to go home, and said I would be out soon. They just moved from her line of view. As soon as the back door rattled my friends were there.
We were all very close then. We seemed to be one big family. The neighborhood kids consisted of children from several surrounding streets. The ages varied a bit, but the older kids watched out for the younger ones. We weren’t all related by blood but that didn’t seem relevant back then.
We were a diversified group in age, ethnic background, sex and religion. The amazing thing was we never knew what diversification was because it was not an issue. All that mattered to us were the friendships.
As I reflect on our youth I see alliances formed today based on age, race, religion and sex.
I guess it is a bit perplexing to comprehend how distorted our world became on the path of life.
How did all the things that we deemed insignificant as children, suddenly become priorities in adulthood?
Looking at the world through youthful eyes gave us the opportunity at innocence. We were ready to accept each other as individuals without having outside influences poison our thought processes. We weren’t born with skepticism and hatred. That seems to be something cultivated on the road to adulthood.
When I look at the current upheaval and status of world governments, I can only conclude that we have gone about this all wrong.
It’s time for adults to step aside and let the children of the world run the show. Only then will you find considerations given — like love, peace, compassion, understanding and friendship.
What have we got to lose? Apparently the older we get, the less we learn. Things were better back then, and I, for one, miss it terribly.
— By Hick Finn