Growing up in America in the 90’s I feel like I barely felt the last ripple of a great tidal wave that has steadily declined since the 1940’s. Every generation through the decades has felt the wave.. the surge from when the USA was one of the greatest countries in the world.
I am always shaking my head at the youth of today like some cranky old bastard.. but you know what? If I had been born within the last 10-15 years.. I would probably be a horrible little bastard. I was lucky to have the 90’s to call my childhood, as anywhere beyond that.. shits just been in such a nose dive. Frustration is the norm. Everything is over exposed, and over saturated. Grief, anger, and pessimism is the norm.. We literally have nothing to be proud of, and horrible shit just happens all the time.
I truly feel bad for the youth of my country. America is a far cry from what it used to be; the wave has died out.. and we are left floating in it.
I do believe that maturity and adulthood are sprung from being put through the gears of life and coming out the other side to put yourself back together.
Adolescence is shed with every broken heart, crushed hope, and fall you take.. and more often than not you look back on those events with wisdom, understanding, and a scar to remind yourself what you did wrong.
I have personally witnessed this in my own life throughout the years.
Against criticism a man can neither protest nor defend himself; he must act in spite of it, and then criticism will gradually yield to him. - Goethe