My parent’s recently moved into an independent living facility. They have a spacious 730 sq.ft. apartment with everything they need to live and also they take their meals in a dining room 3 times a day. Many of their needs are being met which is a relief to our family.
They are in their 70’s and a part of the Baby Boom generation. Every generation has its time in history where they shape the culture of the world. Everything from politics, religion, music, arts and more have been created by them as their legacy.
It got me to thinking that everyone ages and will find their way into some sort of care scenario whether it be a facility like my parents or in their home with a caregiver that comes by daily.
Just think about the conversations about ones personal history that will be had when one turns 70 or 80 or even 90. Who knows how long people will live as medical advances are made.
I can imagine people who were into hip hop and heavy metal in a facility talking about Jay Z to Metallica. Remember when Star Wars came out? Were you a gamer and if so how what was your favorite gaming platform. They will talk about who was better Michael Jordan or Kobe Bryant or Lebron James. Can you imagine what tattoos will look like and guys rocking that earring they got when they were 16 at the mall. Remember malls. I believe Generation X will lead the way followed by Millennials and on down the timeline.
We will share stories about the wars we fought in. September 11th and how it changed our country. The presidential elections of 2000 and 2016. Where were you when your heard Michael Jackson died. Do we still want our MTV if it will be around then.
My friends every day you are getting older. Getting experienced and hopefully wiser. The key to everything is living and growing and storing up topics for conversations throughout your life. The memories can sustain you but future memories are there to be made.
I gotta believe the dining room will have taco Tuesday and gluten free this and that. Certainly.
For some the culture is their religion. When religion fails someone they need something to connect them to something with meaning and to one another. As a person of faith/religion I get that. Everyone needs someone whether it be divine or secular. Jesus Christ Superstar a musical by Andrew Lloyd Webber addressed some of that. Jesus as a cultural Icon. Sometimes we all just need that thing that gives us hope when all seems to be lost and finding it means being divergent and taking other roads to the eternal or the next life to come.
Obscure cultural references warm my heart.
Culture is defined as the customs, arts, social institutions, and achievements of a particular nation, people, or other social group.. It is also defined biologically as the cultivation of bacteria, tissue cells, etc., in an artificial medium containing nutrients.
So if you think about it culture is a collection of various things that sustain life in a community and in a person. Without culture life is not as rich, rewarding, interesting and healthy. We need culture of all types to make the world a better place. Culture is expressed differently around the world and that is what makes life more interesting and diverse. There are many things of culture that feed our bodies and feed our souls. Every part of life is dependent upon one form of culture or another. Multicultural life means that we recognize the rich heritage of people of all walks of life. No two people are the same and perhaps that is a good thing.
Celebrate culture in all it’s expressions today and always.
via Daily Prompt: Culture
There have been a great number of talented and influential people have passed away this year. Somehow we need to restart the year. However loss is a part of life and it’s something we all must accept, reluctantly. Many people are mourning right now for one reason or another. We have the legacy and things they left behind in the form of music, film, television and more importantly their families who now must carry on without their loved one.
“The political parties come and go but the values of the regional cultures are always at play.”
Source: The 11 nations of the United States – Business Insider
This reminds me a little of the TV show “Revolutions” where there were different national territories established after the power went out across the world. It also has shades of Panem of “The Hunger Games”
If you are going to try to be hip and with the times and you are of a certain age be sure you look up the stuff you are saying before you say it. There is a high level of embarrassment and humiliation if you try too hard to be cool like the youngsters are. For example the phrase “Netflix and Chill” means you are not there to watch a movie but to do something else and then chill. Look it up if you want to know more. Don’t try to relate too much or else you will find yourself in a very bad situation. Older people be sure you know what you are talking about before saying something you might regret. Today’s culture moves at light speed and many of us are driving a family sedan.
Mario Lopez said on Twitter that the bad part of getting older is seeing your heroes pass on. I must say he is on to something. Many of the people in real life and in pop culture who I call my heroes are leaving this life. At the ripe old age of 45 I am reading more and more the people who were a important part of my growing up are going through transitions in life. I am grateful for the lives of people I looked up to and admired. They influenced me to be who I am.