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I noticed a sign in a gas station indicating that only those “born after this date in the year 2000 can buy alcohol legally.” I think it gave me whiplash.
While I’m capable of doing the math, (and even have a son born in 1999 so I’m aware of his age) there was something about seeing a sign declaring that people born the year of Y2K are considered full adults that got my attention.
If things continue as they are, there are going to be some significant differences in this next generation.
Less outdoor skills
Those raised in the suburbs, as opposed to the edge of the country like me, did not necessarily grow up fishing, shooting, hunting, and just playing with tadpoles in the local creek. In fact, they are far more likely to have played video games inside that entire time. As a result, I am constantly teaching the younger generation to fish, identify snakes, recognize animal tracks and shoot all kinds of guns.
Less driving skills
Stick shifts only made up 7% percent of U.S. vehicle sales in 2012, but it’s closer to 3% now. Many folks grew up driving tractors at 10 years old and backing boats down ramps at 11. This generation is likely to have never had to shift a gear manually in anything.
There’s been much lament and even legislation regarding the loss of the teaching of cursive in our schools. It seems illogical to me that cursive reading is not at least taught, so that children can read the founding documents and a hand written note from their aunt Millie.
I suppose every generation feels this way at some point. That the generation coming up after them lack the skills that were once considered basic and essential.
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My dad’s generation sharecropped and chopped cotton and I drive by those fields every day. My Great great-great-grandfather died in Shelby forest in 1859. The way generations lived amir hundred years ago was not far removed from the way they lived three or 400 years ago. We are indeed living through a historical change, whether we realize it or not.
But I’m sure I’m not the only one who wishes this generation retained the ability to change their own tire, jump off of broken-down car, or read the declaration of independence.
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