My 49th birthday is almost three months away – but already, I know I’m getting older, as well as other people from my generation who were born in the 1960’s. In our case, it’s having to deal with the fact that our parents’ generation (including my mother) are now elderly, and nearing the end of their lives – and with it comes the many changes that are already affecting our lives, a precursor to what we’ll have to face when we reach our parents’ age thirty to forty years into the future.
Of course, there are other signs that my generation’s getting older, which are also rooted in our parents’ generation’s history – including the passing of many famed personalities who were popular in the latter’s time, including the recent deaths of Shirley Temple and Sid Caesar, whose careers harken back to a time when today’s technology hadn’t yet existed (except, perhaps, in the minds of science fiction authors). It’s enough to make one wonder if personalities like Temple and Caesar will be still remembered fifty to a hundred years later – of course, the same might be said of today’s personalities, as well as tomorrow’s. Which proves that the future is unpredictable – and in some cases, unforgiving.
And speaking of the future, another sign of my generation getting older is the growing fear that the Earth might become an unrecognizable wasteland someday, no doubt because of the many problems that we’re currently facing – including terrorism, nuclear war, and climate change caused by decades of man-made pollution. And my generation isn’t the only one who shares that fear – the present generation, plus tomorrow’s, also has to not only face it, but also conquer and eliminate it as well. Today’s world doesn’t has it easy – a fact that’s existed since its prehistoric and biblical days, when our earliest ancestors were trying to stay alive.
Still, the world is moving forward, and not just for my generation, despite the ever increasing number of problems and crises (both personal and global) that we face every day and can’t be ignored. But it’s those same problems and crises that encourage all of us to move forward and solve them – if anything else, to insure that future generations will fare better than us. Not to mention a whole lot luckier.
John Lavernoich is the author of three books (including the first two Chameleons, Inc. novels), as well as various non-fiction articles and short stories that have been published in print and on the Internet. To learn more about Mr. Lavernoich and his writing achievements, please visit his official website (http://johnlavernoich.weebly.com), as well as his pages on Facebook (http://www.facebook.com/john.lavernoich?ref=name), MySpace (http://www.myspace.com/jlavernoich), Twitter (http://twitter.com/JLav65), LinkedIn (http://www.linkedin.com/pub/john-lavernoich/7a/b21/237), and WordPress (https://johnlav.wordpress.com). Mr. Lavernoich also maintains his own video channel on YouTube‘s website (http://www.youtube.com/channel/UCJz1MX0XKIPm8nSAccTNMjA), his own Author Spotlight page on Lulu Books‘ website (http://www.lulu.com/spotlight/Highroad), his own Profile Page on Amazon Studios‘ website (http://studios.amazon.com/users/59488), and his Chameleons, Inc. and Pictures Shop websites via Weebly (Chameleons, Inc. website: http://chameleonsinc.weebly.com; Pictures Shop website: http://jlpicturesshop.weebly.com).
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