The day before Christmas eve, I found my self browsing through antique and thrift stores. Looking for anything that is of old, anything from the 18th to 19th century. To the 50’s until the 80’s. As the people I know from the older generation start dying one after the other. It dawns on me that sooner or later it’ll be my turn soon. I remember when I was younger, to just take my time. I had this sense of eternity and invincibility. Now that I’ll be turning 40, that isn’t the case. Those days were seem like yesterday. I found myself clamoring for the old things that I wish I could bring them back.
I had this sense of rejection of the technology we use today. Life was much simpler then. I start watching classic movies from the 50’s. I watched the 80’s music videos over and over to relieved all those good memories. Women were so beautiful in that time. Very classy and tactful. You could actually tell the difference between a man and woman. They were very pretty and the dress, don’t even start me on that. Sometimes I think I could travel back in time and live through their time. Not so today. Almost everyone is covered with tattoos or piercings. Just like what my brother told me,”You’re getting old indeed.”
Nowadays, I am always grasping for time. I guess you could say it’s one of the perks of being married and having a child. “Be careful what you wish for,” how many times I’ve heard that. I see many young people where I see myself in them during my younger years. The same advice I’m giving to them were the same advice that was given to me when I was at their age. I didn’t understand it then, now I’m living it.
Cherish the moments you have with your family and friends, people that’s always been there for you even though they’re not there with you. Don’t spend too much time on your phone or playing video games. Heck, don’t spend time at all with both of them. Because once a memory is gone it’s gone for good you can’t bring it back.
In spite all this observations, I don’t see the arrogance of mankind ceasing. But quite the opposite. Ever been proud and boastful. Having a sense of eternity and invincibility. Nothing is new under the sun, like the book of Ecclesiastes says.
In summary I leave you this verses:
“For the fate of the sons of man and the fate of the beasts is the same. As one dies so does the other; indeed, they all have the same breath and there is no advantage for man over beast, for all is vanity. All go to the same place. All came from dust and all return to dust.” (Ecc.3:19-20 NASB)
“Let us hear the conclusion of the whole matter: Fear God, and keep his commandments: for this is the whole duty of man.” (Ecc.12:13 KJV)