Did we dare do that…….
Does growing old terrify us? I don’t know, it’s not something I have actually considered recently. Do you think that watching our children grow old terrifies us….? Yes, well it does me anyway….they seem to grow up so fast yet we grow at a parallel pace and things don’t change that quickly. When it comes to comparing what we used to do as kids and what kids do today I am shocking. I see photographs and videos of young children doing dangerous things and it shocks me. I suppose it shouldnt really there is so much on the news and in the papers we all should be used to it by now.
It works the other way around too, I look at the places we used to play as kids and I mean young kids (10 or 11) and I just scare myself to death. Places my mum and dad never even knew about. The number of times I used to go out on my bike at 12 and cycle for miles. If something had gone wrong like a puncture or a broken part on the bike it would have been a long walk home. I did cycle to Haverigg from Bradford in 1982 at the age of 14. It was just over 100 miles in each direction and looking back I was quite chuffed with myself. When I look at my son Scott now, all I can think of is that there would be no way I would let him do what I used to do. But what has changed? Society? People? I used to dash across to the shops for my mum when I was young….it was never given a second thought. But now? Yes, it makes you think again.
It’s not an easy question to answer is it? When you look at the video above and see the girls cliff jumping ask yourself? Do their parents know? What would they think if they did know? One of the girls even says something similar to that in the film. I actually consider myself a fairly liberal father and parent and sometimes you have to let your offspring find things out for themselves don’t you….
Now, in 2013, things have all changed since we were children, which ever decade you were born and grew up in, back then it was totally different. We evolve in to who we are because of the way we were shaped, taught and brought up.
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