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When ? November 21, 2007

Posted by Sharath Rao in contemplation.

In conversation with a friend I have known for 20 years asking him to give his take on turning 26. Lets turn over the mike to him.

Its hard to believe that I am 26. There was a time when people would talk about “today’s kids” and they would mean us. Its not us any more.

When was the first time you used the phrase “Current generation” to refer to another group ? Kids People of what approximate age would you consider to be of your generation ? How old should a person be so you can use the phrase “current generation” and he/she won’t think its him/her ? When did you first think that you should not desist from engaging in certain activities because life is too short and life in a healthy body that can take strenuous shocks is even shorter ? When did it first occur to you (if it did) as to what kind of a place your grand kids would grow up and how much technology would have changed things by then ? Rather among the many future developments that you anticipate, which do you think will not happen in your lifetime ?

No you don’t have to be the brooding Eeyore when it comes to the above thoughts. I am talking about the first time many of these thoughts you actually felt – not read, not heard, not spoken to – but felt personally.



1. Randomizer - November 22, 2007

Actually, just two days ago, Elton John’s ‘Can you feel the love’ was playing … and I thought – this singer, and this song, is going to be one of those ‘old classics’ when we are in our 40’s/50’s. These will be the songs of the 90’s … and people will be asking us what it was like to live in the 20th century, feeling the same way we do when we talk about the ‘golden 60’s’.

I think that a generation encompasses roughly about -5 to +5 … I’d say 20-30 can be referred to as the ’empowered youth’ – the people who are inheriting the responsibilities of the world. But beyond 30, we should never assume that the words ‘young’ or ‘youth’ can be referred to us.

I’m also pretty sure that when I’m 30, I’ll be completely disagreeing with what I’m saying right now πŸ˜›

2. Joy - November 22, 2007

When a neighbour’s six year old kid and her cousin were playing with Ken and Barbie, and even as one insisted that they should get married to have babies, the other said, ‘Haven’t you watched Salaam Namaste, you don’t need to get married to have kids.’

*That* is a different generation talking πŸ˜‰

3. Sharath Rao - November 26, 2007

@randomizer : I think if I live long enough, there might be nobody to talk about old hindi songs ( I listen mostly to 50s, 60s) about πŸ˜€

-5 to +5 – seems about right …more like -7 to +3 i wonder πŸ˜€

@joy : “Haven’t you watched Salaam Namaste, you don’t need to get married to have kids.’”

yeah, one just needs to join Ba-llywood. πŸ˜€

4. Blue - December 1, 2007

I started using “current generation” to refer to one not my own when I started grad school and began teaching the Millennials. ^__^

5. Sharath Rao - December 1, 2007

πŸ™‚ ..i guess you have no choice by then !

6. Harini - November 29, 2009

I think we should be awesomely excited that we are the generation that defines the current lifestyle and direction of the future. We are responsible for the lives of today’s kids. The next twenty years will probably be the greatest times of our lives and we shoulder a collective responsibility in steering the wheels of future maturely but iced with a tinge of adventure and innovation. ‘Think about it’, didn’t we always dream of living these years as kids. We couldn’t wait to grow up. And now that we’re here, why look back wistfully? I would much rather everyone get more upbeat and live their dreams. 26 is an awesome age. And I am willing to bet, 35 will be too.
Do I hear people muttering ‘ms.(placed) delusional optimism’? We always know how to live a 5 yr old’s life. We don’t know what it is to be 30 when we are 26. And that’s where our childlike enthusiasm will never fail us.

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