Thwack… Crack, these are the glorious sounds of leather on leather and leather on ash wood. If you listen carefully, you can hear the music of hot dogs grilling, and popcorn popping at concourse concession stands. Impatient children pestering their parents to know how much longer there is left in the game. Then, spotting the poor sweaty teenager dressed up in a mascot costume just trying to earn a few bucks as a milestone to future independence. It’s that time of year when I should be experiencing these sensations, but they have been put temporally on hold this summer, I keep hoping that it all will return to me soon.
Do you ever find yourself aimlessly scrolling through social media channels to discover that you're getting increasingly miserable? It is a feeling that your life doesn't measure up to those you follow or some random person who invades your explorer feature. You can't help but feel like there must be something amiss in your life that you aren't going to exclusive parties or traveling to picturesque locations. Sometimes your thoughts might be, "what do they have that I don't?" Or you see someone that exudes an enormous amount of talent and skills, and you feel like you were standing in the wrong line as you received talents and abilities. Congratulations! You're normal, and I'm here to tell you that it is entirely okay to feel like this. And I also to say to you, stop it right now! Because you're doing more harm than good.
For as long as there have been people, you'll find generations. Some no longer exist, such as the ones that started in the 1800s, called the Lost Generation to the most recent generation called Generation Alpha. However, we should look beyond the birth years to see what makes up a generation and focus on a shared common history. Each generation lives through events and conditions during their formative years in which they look at life through a lens that colors the way they look at the world. Every generation has the earliest memory, a galvanized event that altered beliefs. Many of the earliest generations no longer exist. Some of the oldest living generations, though few are from the Greatest Generation that would be my grandparents are still alive, may they rest in peace. And the Baby Boomer generation is aging and heading into retirement, leaving the running of the world's economies to Millennials, and our youngest working-age Generation Z.
To say that I'm a dog person would be an understatement! What's not to love about our four-legged canine companions? They are always available to provide whatever they feel we may need; often unaware of the fact that was exactly what we needed. You can always rely on a dog to act silly to make you laugh. Or placing their head on your lap at the exact moment that it is so desperately needed. Two of my favorite quotes about our furry friends are: "He is your friend, your partner, your defender, your dog. You are his life, his love, his leader. He will be yours, faithful and true, to the last beat of his heart. You owe it to him to be worthy of such devotion." -anon. And "Dog. A kind of additional or subsidiary Deity designed to catch the overflow and surplus of the world's worship."- Ambrose Bierce.