Sunday, May 25, 2014

The Better Life

Often we hear our elders mention the good ole days. Life was different, people were different, some will claim life was better, simpler. Maybe they're right. I don't know. I didn't live my life then. I live my life now. I live my life in a faster paced world of advanced technology, knowledge at the click of the button on the internet, instant gratification for whatever show we desire from our DVR, where we stay connected to one another through social media platforms.

Is it a different world? I think no matter our age no one can argue that. But to decide which is supposedly better or easier is maybe more so the argument. I don't think one generation's life was any better than another s, anymore than my life is better than yours or yours better than mine.

Because let me tell you what I experienced, what I saw, and what I heard this past Memorial weekend when we take the time to pause, reflect, and give thanks to those that fought to give us all a better life.

What I believe will be one of my children's fondest memories of their childhood will be the summer days spent hanging out on their Nana s back porch with us, their Nana, aunts, uncles, cousins, and grandparents. We spend the whole day back there just enjoying each other s company, the kids run free playing hide and seek or tag, and when it s time to eat we all bring our food out there. After the sun goes down we get the fire going and that s where we all spend the rest of the night together. The girls will also remember something similiar about going to their Grandma and Grandpa Dells. We sit on the back porch there too and the kids have a ball playing down in the creek catching crayfish and whatever other creatures they can find.  It s simple, it s peaceful, and no matter our age or generation it is one of those best moments life has to offer.

This is not limited to my own experiences though because I saw and heard you too. Maybe you weren't on the back porch but you were around the dinner or picnic table, together outdoors on the lake, together in the pool, on the campground camping, in the backyard around the fire pit eating s'mores, or wherever you go to be together and happy.

No matter the year or generation of people life is hard, life is stressful, and we all just want to escape to a place that makes us happy. We want to forget the stresses, the demands, and all the things that take away the enjoyment of living. So wherever it may be that we go to just enjoy the simplicity of life and each other we find that better part of life that hopefully we all experience no matter our generation. Thanks to our veterans we can all enjoy these better days with the freedom they have and continue to fight for.

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  1. Angela, as always great post! So much meaning and realness to this. I enjoyed it very much.

  2. What a great post! You hit it all right there. I love our family...that we are all so close, fun, loving, always enjoying our carefree hangout get's fantastic...we all do need those escapes...