We live in strange times. I sometimes feel like we’re stuck between the past and the future. Or at least I am, although I suppose I wouldn’t be that surprised if I found out many others feel similarly.

I was raised by an older woman—about fifteen years older than my dad, to be precise. Consequently, it was a bit more old-fashioned an environment than I imagined others of my age had grown up in. Nowadays, kids get their first cell phone—a smartphone, no less, as I’ve typically observed—at a comparatively young age, their first laptop in high school, and so forth. I didn’t get my first of either of those items until the summer after graduating from high school at age 18.

On the other hand, nevertheless, the fact is that I did still get said laptop and smartphone in time for college, which is when I did most of my mental maturing, and so I still “grew up” with technology, so to speak. Not only that, but certain…let’s just call them “eccentricities” for lack of a better term…of the current world today bother me: people being too afraid to say what they mean on the (sadly, very likely) chance they’ll offend someone, people (seemingly) having a hard time committing to anything nowadays, or people not wanting to do anything themselves & wanting to pay others to do them instead.

I know oftentimes these are merely over-generalisations or romanticisms of the past “the good ol’ days”), but very often they seem the exact opposite—genuine, problematic irritants.

However, to be safe, there is no mistaking the fact that I do feel very at home in this era. I don’t feel like I should have been born either fifty years before or after now; here is where I belong. There are other aspects that I’ve left out in this post that could be taken into account, though I’ve left them out for a reason: that is, I don’t feel comfortable really delving into them at this point.

Maybe another time.

Still, being outside a binary is typically a very hard place to experience the world no matter who you are—this society was founded on binaries and very rarely does any institution do much to accommodate those that fall outside one.

 


Image Credit: “Hard and Soft”, by Thatcher Clay.

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