A few weeks ago, on a road trip to Minneapolis, my fiancé and I came to the conclusion that we love being alive in this day and age. We came to the conclusion that 2019 has truly offered some incredible moments and if given the choice to live in any other time period we would have to decline the offer.
This realization is certainly not something many people feel like screaming at the tops of their lungs. It's hard to think of all the good during a time period that is filled with mass shootings, climate change, hatred, the pressures of social media, economic uncertainty, cancer, the rise of other diseases, the list continues...
Throughout history there has always been tragedy and terrible moments. Yet nostalgia has a way of making us think the past was better than it in all likelihood was. For me it's the Roaring 20s. I imagine how incredible that time period would have been. The glamorous attire, the jazz music blaring, the adrenaline that would have pulsed through my veins sneaking into a speakeasy and illegally consuming wine alongside my flapper girlfriends. Such a dazzling, magical time to be alive. Or so it seems.
Of course, this time period would have actually been far from easy. Few rights for women, the banning of alcohol, the verge of the Great Depression, the unrest -or should I say the uneasy peace- that came with the conclusion of WWI. The struggle of living (particularly thriving) in the 20s would have been real. As would any past decade or century. & for all the amazing moments in history, I think we all can agree that we would have only enjoyed living in [Insert Years] time period if we were filthy rich. Not to say that money buys happiness but it certainly contributed to much better living conditions pre-AC and electricity.
However, in this day & age you don't have to be filthy rich to experience what would have been a lap of luxury lifestyle just a handful of decades ago. Air-conditioning. The power to have food delivered to your home, find a mate, connect with someone across the globe, and Google the answer to any question in a matter of seconds through a handheld device. Electricity. Hot, running water. All simple things we take for granted on a daily basis.
My fiancé and I discussed it and truly think there really is nothing that compares to the present. We love the ease of being able to go on a road trip with the help of our handy navigator Siri while Spotify plays our favorite songs from the 70s, 80s, 90s, 00s, and today. We love that we can Skype each other when we're each away on business. We love that with a touch of a button our apartment can be warm and cozy despite the cold winter weather of Chicago raging outside our windows. We love that we can travel for a mere few hundred dollars to London, NYC, Texas, Paris, Singapore, Costa Rica, & many other destinations anytime our heart desires. We love that we have options (many times too many) for food, movies, music, clothing, and activities. We love that we can stay out late at a local bar, drink our favorite adult beverages, and safely Uber home at the end of the night. We love that we can go to the doctor or hospital for any ailment or injury and get treatment that will put us back on our feet in a matter of days.
I love that I can voice my opinion to my blog from the comfort of my bedroom and share my ideas with the world. I love that I can go on Pinterest and find new recipes to cook for dinner. I love that despite not living close to home I can Snapchat and keep up with friends & family. I love that I can keep my home clean with an automatic trashcan & litter box. I love that I can wash my clothes while I binge watch videos of cats doing silly things on Youtube or watch a classic film on Hulu. I love that I can hear new musicians on Soundcloud and support local artists through Etsy. I love it all.
& sure, there is A LOT of bad in the world. & it's easy to fall into the thinking that this is a hard time to be alive. I know I do it more times than not. However, I think that any time can be a hard time to be alive. I also think that any time can be a great time to be alive. I think a lot of it is our perspective.
& while the past might have had some amazing moments, there's a reason we have progressed to where we are now. & maybe we didn't all individually contribute to that but our ancestors and fellow mankind did. We (as a human race) have always been innovative and creative, constantly progressing towards something - who knows what exactly. & to think that we have suddenly lost that mentality is simply not supported based off of a thousand+ years of modernization.
Think about it long and hard. Would you have preferred to grow up or live in another time? And if so, why?
Because I wouldn't. I choose the here and now. & I think if we all adopted the mentality that this is truly a great time to be alive, maybe we could overcome these fears, anxieties, and struggles that have seemed to captivate the minds of Millennials everywhere.