I spent this past long weekend with my dear grandparents in Wisconsin. While I am not going to write directly about the time we shared together because it was deeply personal, I have kept thinking about how life now is much different from when my grandparents were my age.
Whatever happened to keeping a job, getting married, and having kids? Wasn’t that more than enough, even today?
I watched some home videos that my grandparents had made of their honeymoon ski trip and then some clips of them taking my mom and her siblings on a number of different camping trips. It was so fun to see my mom growing up and my grandparents as people at my current age.
There was so much joy and laughter, and I couldn’t help but wonder if I had forgotten what it could be like to live as they had. Valuing marriage, having kids, and supporting and loving your family.
What do people my age (27 to be exact) value now?
Freedom to travel?
The world today seems to be at our finger tips. Really, its quite easy to get to the other side of the world. You can fly from NYC to Dubai in just 12 hours. I feel as if that if this ease of travel has shrunken the world, and it’s almost a contest between people to see who has been to more places. But who really cares?
Having different jobs?
Well, I have had 5 jobs in 5 years, but if I would have found one that I really loved, then I would have stayed. I think I would like to stay 10+ years in a job if it were something I truly enjoyed. But maybe this is something people can brag about too, taking on various jobs?
I have consistently felt that my relationships with family and friends have always been the most important aspects of my life, but I worry that my actions have not showed this.
I feel more lost now thinking about how to view my life and what I really want. Being with my grandparents reminded me the importance of family and the joy that can come from being married to the person you love and from raising kids of your own.
I will continue to think about this and would welcome any thoughts on the topic…