Last week a friend of mine was watching me fix my hair. I was doing a mildly complex vintage updo when she asked, “Do you ever felt like you were born in the wrong era?” As always I was quick to answer yes almost everyday.Later that day I was driving home and I was thinking about my answer. Do I think I’m born in the wrong era? I’m asked this a lot. And the truth is, it’s complicated. But I’m going to try and explain this in the most uncomplicated way possible.
On my right hand, yes I believe I was born in the wrong era. So allow me to go over all the things I love about “the olden days.” I love the styles and mind set about clothing. Wearing gloves and hats out, dresses, the shoes. I try to always look my best, and carry a more timeless style. I like the movies. Also I have a crazy fascination with The Great War and WWII. In school I would read ahead in my history books to learn all I could about both wars. Current me thinks living through it would have been really cool! I love the music. I love social dances. In fact, I use to go swing dancing in college. Women empowerment was jumpstarted. In my own personal opinion this was when feminism really started. Women’s rights took a pivotal turning point. Hearing my grandma’s stories, huge accomplishments were made.
On my left hand, there are qualities I really don’t like about what some call the “Good Ole Days”. Living through the wars. I really don’t know if I could do it. But I think about how I lived through 9/11, potential bomb threats to my neighboring country, and I think well, “maybe I could do it.” Lack of LGBTQ rights, segregation and racism, all things I’m not sure I could live with. But at the same time, I know that my current era has it’s moments that are less than satisfactory.
Alright moving on to my current era. I love how far we’ve come. Technology, LGBTQ rights, women’s rights, science, medicine. It’s all amazing! I have teacher in college who one election day, made a huge statement about how blessed we are. Women can vote! Women can work, be well educated and how remarkable that is! I like that I can have a career and work towards something. I love that I can instantly write and put it out there for someone to read (something I love doing)
Things I could live without. Lazy dating sites like tinder. How human communication is declining as we continually rely on technology for almost everything. How teachnology has made us almost lazy in general. Honestly though, I’m laying in be and I can adjust my thermostat from my phone. What is this?!
There’s no easy answer. I have days where I feel like I live in the wrong era or where I’m exactly where I’m supposed to be. I do believe that everything happens for a reason. But…. it really depends on the day.