I am getting angry about the treatment of older people by the younger generations. Having worked most of my life to bring up five children, I find it exasperating that you get to a brick wall as you travel past 60, where you are stigmatised as less useful, unhealthy, complaining and smelly.
Here we are being told we can work up until we are 70 years old, yet we become more and more isolated and devalued as human beings. The jobs we are given become shorter, smaller and far from interesting.
People are actually trying to push you out of your job in favour of younger, often less educated and less experienced, generations.
On top of all those problems we are putting up with our slowly decaying bodies (that are no longer looking as sexy as they did back in the 1960s) and trying to maintain some sort of smile and “look happy” appearance, all of this while dealing with a daily distain that society places on older people, who they no longer want to consider as acceptable.
The younger generation’s attitude first comes down to the “you should be the cleaner” approach and follows on with a “please stop bothering me approach”.
SO CAN I ASK YOU AS A 60 YEAR OLD:
Are you still working? And is it a part time mundane job?
Are you unfit, overweight, lazy?
Are you on medication…?
Are you slow, with some stiffness, or having trouble tying the shoelaces?
Have your friends started dying of major illnesses?
What interesting topics can you discuss, other than your four walls and bathroom activities?
What did you do yesterday? Do you remember?
Are you still finding activities of interest outside the home or can you not be bothered?
Do you go dancing? Regularly attend a gym? Take regular holidays? Mind the Grandkids?
Do you have selective deafness yet?
Are you still maintaining your independence?
Are you driving further than the local shops?
Have you become a burden to your relatives?
NOW FOR THE CRITICS OF THE 60 YEAR OLDS
Take a look at how some of these questions relate to the younger generation.
How many 20-30 year olds are fat, lazy and smelly?
How many of them just cannot be bothered to go out of their way?
How many sit on some sort of government support? Or work in mundane jobs going nowhere?
How many are regularly asking their parents for money?
How many do not have regular work?
How many take frequent days off and are unreliable because of parties and drunken binges the night before?
How many fail to take regular baths or just smell of BO!
How many of them just want to dump the kids on you for babysitting!
Look at the dope and pills or drugs they are taking… and imagine how exciting and efficient they are going to be at the age of 60.
How many of them remember what they did last night, not to mention yesterday!
How many of them are taking anti-depressants already?
Look at the loud music, earplugs, and damage to their hearing. Should be a quiet world by the time they reach 60.
How many of their friends are dropping dead from drunken fights, or in car accidents from being stupid?
How many have tried to move in with their parents because they fail in their relationships or jobs… or just fail? And are they a burden to their relatives?
How many of them actually care?
So to me this is all a bit HYPOCRITICAL and I think the younger generations are going to face far more difficulties from their years of mistreatment of themselves, and mistreatment of others. How dare they criticise us ancient treasures?!
Do you share Gill’s sentiments? Share your thoughts in the comments!