The "New" Old
If you ever participated in Throwback Thursday or Flashback Friday, its safe to say you've witnessed an end of an era. For those like myself born in the late 80's, we have already lived through about 2 eras. We've witnessed and lived amongst the crack era and what I would consider the best musical era in natural earth's existence/history.
As funny as that sentence may be, it has a bit of sadness to it at the same time. I used to sigh every time I would hear my parents speak on old ass cartoons and old times when things were better back in the days. But look at us now... We (millennials) are the old ones.
In music we talk about Nas, Jay-Z, Tupac, and Biggie. All kids nowadays want to discuss is 21 Savage and Lil Yachty.
Times are definitely changing, and change is good. To be on the other side of the clock, it's a beautiful thing but also it makes it harder to understand these youngsters. The dances like the Nae Nae and Milly Rock can never compare to the Harlem Shake. We had our phases of dancing crazy and silly with Baltimore Club Music, Reggae and Reggaeton at their respective primes, now we (the new old people) are okay with hitting the club and two stepping just as our parents would. I guess its safe to say, less is more.
Sidebar: What is going on with reggae dancing nowadays? I'm embarrassed to say, I like the music still.
Each generation feels they have lived through the best era ever. I mean we had it the best hands down, as predictable as that sentence is. With Power Rangers, The Fresh Prince, Martin, Wayans Bros, Toonami, the original Cartoon Network, Nickelodeon and Disney Channel, and coming home from school to Goosebumps and Are You Afraid of the Dark, we've lived through so much. Including the comic book phase which now will probably remain immortalized on the silver screen only.
Writing this brings back so many memories, and ushers in an enormous amount of sadness because we truly had it good. We lived through a lot of bad times too. Besides 9/11, we didn't see as much war and crime as the kids of today's generation do now.
Everything is so accessible. Its scary how kids nowadays are too cool to actually be kids. It's almost like they were born into adults, thanks to the internet and not because they want to. How can we help them enjoy their childhood like we did with ours?
It's my 27th year on this earth and I feel wiser than Dumbledore .
How dearly I miss how "Clarissa Explains It All" and vicariously living through "Family Matters" and "Full House". I hope my kids help me maintain my youth through teaching me all the new phrases and sayings, as well as the music, like I would with my dad. I guess its all about communication and keeping an open-minded approach.
Stay Young Forever.