When Did…

When did a student’s poor grades become his teacher’s fault?

When did being a parent become being their best friend?

When did being a trained, licensed, experienced professional become now everyone is an expert, even if they’re not?  Just Google or YouTube it…Instant expert!

When did holding people accountable for their actions become being an a**hole/b**ch?  Holding someone to high standards these days makes us the “bad guys.”

When did mediocrity become exceptional???

When did avoidance and enabling become the strategy for difficult people?

When did being honest and straightforward become unacceptable and rude?

When did having integrity and good character become a rare condition?

When did instant gratification replace hard work and long term?

When did a kid’s birthday party require Pinterest and a small loan?

When did 1st place become everyone’s a winner?

When did personal responsibility become society’s responsibility?

When did talking about it replace actually doing it?

When did reading a book, watching a movie, sitting on the porch with a friend, and doing “nothing” become lazy and unproductive?

When did we start priding ourselves on being over-worked, over-stressed, and over-booked?  “OMG! I have to work a double shift, and then go to six birthday parties and a wedding, and then Johnny’s baseball tournament, and then Carrie’s dance recital, and then file my taxes, finish remodeling the kitchen, plan my sister’s bridal shower, solve world hunger, and I just never see my kids anymore!”

When did reality stars replace actual talent?

When did Facebook replace face-to-face?

When did being a stay-at-home mom become a disgrace and disservice to womanhood?

When did our excuses become our reality?

When did this sense of entitlement begin?

When did we start allowing one person, one incident dictate the majority for the rest of eternity?  If one kid breaks his arm on the monkey bars, the school is sued, and the monkey bars are taken down forever…Now the kids get to play in the wood chips…

When did welfare become a better choice, rather than a necessity?

When did incentives start going out to everyone, regardless of actual earnings?

When did it become acceptable to be late to practice, meetings, and events?

When did we lose sight?

Have any of you seen the movie, “Idiocracy” with Luke Wilson?  Here’s the plot summary:

“Officer Collins has been spearheading one of the US Army’s most secretive experiments to date: the Human Hibernation Project. If successful, the project would store its’ subjects indefinitely until they are needed most. Their first test subject – Joe Bowers – was not chosen for his superiority. Instead, he’s chosen because he’s the most average guy in the armed services. But scandal erupts after the experiment takes place, the base is closed, and the president disavows any knowledge of the project. Unfortunately Joe doesn’t wake up in a year, he wakes up in 500 years! But during that time human evolution has taken a dramatic down turn. After waking up, Joe takes a prison-assigned IQ test and finds that he’s the smartest guy alive! Awaiting a full presidential pardon if he can solve one of the country”s biggest problems – the dwindling plant population, Joe races against time to solve this problem. But in doing so he alienates half the country in the process! Can he make things right?” ~IMDb.com

(Source from IMDb: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0387808/)

As silly the movie itself is, the premise is actually a haunting reality, and I secretly fear of a huge breakdown in society…A sudden explosion!  It’s not a zombie apocalypse that I’m afraid of…

I am also a fan of Tim McGraw’s song, “Back When.”

“Don’t you remember
The fizz in a pepper
Peanuts in a bottle
At ten, two and four
A fried bologna sandwich
With mayo and tomato
Sittin’ round the table
Don’t happen much anymore

We got too complicated
It’s all way over-rated
I like the old and out-dated
Way of life

Back when a hoe was a hoe
Coke was a coke
And crack’s what you were doing
When you were cracking jokes
Back when a screw was a screw
The wind was all that blew
And when you said I’m down with that
Well it meant you had the flu
I miss back when
I miss back when
I miss back when

I love my records
Black, shiny vinyl
Clicks and pops
And white noise
Man they sounded fine
I had my favorite stations
The ones that played them all
Country, soul and rock-and-roll
What happened to those times?…”

(Source: http://www.azlyrics.com/lyrics/timmcgraw/backwhen.html)

Call me old, call me cynical, call me old-fashion, call me a b**ch, call me whatever you would like, but I just can’t help but feel like I am growing further and further apart from today’s world, and when I finally reach my side of the room, I just hope and pray that I am not alone!!!

While I can’t control society and other people, I can control myself and continue to live and act the way I feel is best.  And, I CAN do my best to raise my daughter with richer morals and values, help her build a backbone, show her what acting with integrity looks like, and hope that when she is grown up, she will then contribute positively to society to move it back in the right direction.