[ passe' (pa-sa') adj. french derived meaning- 1. out of date; old-fashioned 2. rather old :]
The initial title of this post was “I Just Wasn’t Made For These Times”, which for those of you who don’t know was the title of a Beach Boys song from the 1966 Pet Sounds album.. It’s a title and a concept that I tend to cling to as the world and all it’s advancements continue to rapidly evolve beyond my understanding or enthusiasm. I can’t even begin to tell you how many times I’ve had to acknowledge the awkward feeling of being left behind. Or more so, why in the world of all the generations that came before me was I put on this planet in these times??
I’ve been called many things in my life, but on the subject such as this I prefer an old soul. There’s really no denying the fact that I’m homesick for the simplicity of the 80′s (for the 90′s even - pre-millennium). If I had any life experience in eras prior to that time, I’d probably long for those as well.
When you are a devote fan of all things retro, to the point where you feel a sense of sadness over most things that are current, and clearly define facts and circumstances of the past as superior… you can really find yourself at odds with the status-quot.
Take for instance the worlds reliance on technology, specifically computing technology. Now granted I’m a business man and blogger and obviously use this technology regularly to facilitate that which I wish to obtain or express, (though if you read one of my favorite Common Thread posts titled “Digital Sabaticals And Why You Need To Take One” you’d know that I’m not always plugged in to the matrix, in fact I make it a point to schedule not being connected). This aside, if I was offered the option of a world without such so-called luxuries (such as that of the 1980′s or otherwise) I would, without any hesitation, be gone!
Tell this to a Millennial and they would look at you as if you were crazy!
There can be times when you really do feel as though you’ve hit a discord. A moment when people are discussing the most current of trends or absurd of subjects and in your mind you can’t help but crumble inside with dismay; “Is this really the world that I live in, it’s so ridiculous! Doesn’t anybody else see how ridiculous some of this stuff is?” Often times they don’t. And it can be a lonely business standing in opposition of the masses. But I think it would be far greater a tragedy to pretend that you are cool with everything and go with the flow than deny one’s self, the uniqueness that truly makes them awesome. I’m speaking fairly abstractly here, but I think you get the point.
Does it make me hypocritical to express such things as I type away here? Perhaps. But one thing is certain, you wouldn’t find me typing away in the presence of physical company. Those who deserve my full attention just the same as I do.
So for those of you readers who at least feel a little bit as I do, who long for the “good old days” of past decades and sometimes feel a little out of place in the modern world, know that it’s ok and you’re not alone. I truly believe that there are others out there as like minded individuals and there’s absolutely nothing wrong with being perfectly proud in being passe’ :)
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