…And that’s the way it is
WHAT IS IT THAT SEPARATES THE YOUNG FROM THE OLD, WRITES EELIYA MALIK
EVER wondered why they call us the Generation-X? Well… x represents a variable in algebra. To put it in other words, X is something whose value is not known or that can have different values in different situations. The same holds good for us. The people who call us so have not as yet realized our true value. They may never know what it’s like to be in our place. Simply because they never went through what we did. Terms like global-warming, recession, crisis and the likes are relatively newer to them (considering the time of arrival of these). Not to mention their lives were simpler, better, happier. I can never imagine why our watching 90 channels bothers them so much. 90 means more variety, more variety means more freedom of information, more freedom of information implies more knowledgeable, more informative people, that we are (no bragging here). Considering the cut-throat competition that we face, it may also be quite a necessity to watch 90 channels. And believe me; it takes tough guts to face so much variety.
We are much more stressed out than our elderly generation. (Who do you find often depressed, parents or children?) But what I feel mostly intimidates them (the wise) is calling a spade a spade (and a heart a heart). What to do, no matter how old we grow, our heart remains that of a child. We don’t refuse to grow up, but what to do about our hearts? No matter what you put a heart through, it retains its innocence. We accept it as a fact, some of the wise don’t. I don’t know why but I feel like sharing this reality-check quote with you. “Children begin by loving their parents; as they grow older they judge them; sometimes they forgive them.” To tell you the truth, we are the most forgiving of all the generations (so far). After all we harbour no grudges towards the social circus. Weren’t you (the elderly reader) more blissful, freer than us? If you are being honest, your reply should be positive.
Doubtlessly, we have our flaws. Everybody does. We also have some qualities, positive ones, which set us apart from the rest. Don’t you hear “jhakaas!” almost every time you ask a youngster how he is? Although each one of us is aware of what we face everyday. Well, for some, they refuse to acknowledge. This take-light attitude, which is quintessential to survive today’s times, is sure to get us somewhere (if not to the heavens). So much to burden our little selves with, yet we are happy people.
My polite request to you (again if you are an elderly person, by heart that is)- The next time you see your cranky teenager dozing off till 10 on a Sunday morning, take a moment to stop and think about what he goes through ever single day. I think this hard-core world should have made him responsible enough to give life a tough fight back. Show him a little more love, a little more understanding, and he’s sure to reciprocate. The concluding word- No offense meant (and none taken).
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