At last the Autumn season is here and Halloween is upon us. Breathe in the cool crisp Autumn air and smell that Autumn scent. Burning leaves, pumpkin pie, pumpkin spice, pumpkin everything. Candy corn, changing leaves, and let us not forget it is also time for zombies, ghouls, vampires and ghosts. At least that is how we celebrate October in my house. Horror movies, and wicked decor. We love it. These are just some of the wonderful simple pleasures that this minimalist enjoys. Enjoying the change of seasons, enjoying tradition with family.
Unfortunately the human condition dictates that as we get older we will be less likely to try new things. That we will close our minds to new ideas and concepts. People as they get older become very prideful of the years they have put into this lifetime, and the “profound wisdom” they have accumulated. Often they become so prideful that they close off themselves to even listening to what someone younger than them has to say.
Don’t get me wrong. I do believe that they are wise indeed. But the world is changing, and therefore the people in it need to change as well; the old and the young. Anyone who has ever boasted “I’m set in my ways”, “The music was better in my day”, or “I have no interest in new technology” has basically chosen to be obsolete in the modern world.
Instead of giving in to the natural mental aging process, they can do what I do. Fight against it. Try new things, listen to new music, get involved with the latest social/technological developments. Let’s not let our pride in doing things the way we are used to doing them inhibit our growth as people. Instead we should live each day with a passion to learn more.
Too many of these people believe that standing steadfast in their beliefs and established pattern of life makes them strong. Unfortunately they couldn’t be more wrong. Strength truly lies in one’s ability to adapt.
Now I am generalizing here. Not ALL people of the older generations are so resistant. And truthfully not ALL people of my generation and those after are so understanding. but these are very few. But the pattern indicates to me that the older a person is, the less they are able to understand this concept which is really not all that radical.
This saddens me. I take pity on them. Because it tells me that not only was this false concept of success a large part of the American way, but it was so well ingrained into them, that they are not open-minded enough to consider an alternative. They don’t realize that “success” is defined by the individual. They were told what happiness/success is and they followed blindly.
This is why we see so many wealthy people who are so miserable. Their wealth came from doing exactly what they were told their whole life. They learned the game, conformed to the system, and worked hard to gain all of its spoils. Never once did they truly ask themselves: “Is all of this that I have done made me a happier person?”