- Jan 20, 2022
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- Homer Glen, Il
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- 1971 Mustang Mach 1 351c FMX trans and 9 inch rear end
I grew up in the 70s and 80s also, and I agree that all that outside activity made us more independent and resilient. In the summer, I would get on my bike in the morning and head off to meet friends and we would go on our adventures. We know we had to be home by dinner or we would get it, lol. We didn't have helmets or ever knew we needed them. I cut lawns and shoveled snow for money when I was ten. I would take my money to the hobby shop and buy models or Hot Wheels with my own money. I got my first real job at thirteen as a bike mechanic at a Schwinn store for cash under the table. I rode my bike eight miles to work in the morning and was always on time. All of these things taught me that if you work hard you can achieve any goal. I think todays generation could have used a little more competition and challenge. I jokingly blame little kid soccer for this, when my kids played little league baseball and soccer everyone got a snack and a juice box whether you tried or not that game, everyone got a trophy whether you were good or bad. Now, I hire twenty somethings and they give minimal effort and want a raise right away, they often have a "I showed up, where's my juice box" attitude.I grew up in the 70s and 80s and think that the idea of climbing trees, riding without helmets, getting a broke bone then and now and the constant cuts, bruises, and other injuries were actually good for us. It made us more resilient and taught us to accept how things things hurt or are tough in life. I used these experiences and made a 27 year life in the Army with multiple combat deployments with combat arms units and never gave up if something was hard or made me sweat. Nowadays, individuals think if it is hard, it shouldn't be done or pay someone else to do it. My father taught me that if another man could do it, so could I, I taught my kids the same way. May not be the right way, but I totally believe in not giving up and just because something hurts or is hard, that doesn't mean to stop trying. I am 56 years old and working on my Masters degree in cybersecurity, not because I need it or it will make my job pay me more money, just because a friend said he was going to do it and I decided to join him to give him more motivation to get his. BTW, both of us will be graduating by Christmas of this year. I didn't grow up in the 50s but part of me wishes I would have.