Friday, July 12, 2013
I may write this guy.
It looks like his life went screeching off the tracks too, family members who died, severe illness-cancer for him and health problems for wife, infertility and worse.
One thing I'd like to tell him is that we live in a society where we are told to be positive all the time. Even social lives via Facebook seem for many to have become eternal "Christmas letters" with everyone bragging about how great life is, at least in the old days one didn't have to cling to this false delusion that everyone would live their dreams. They admitted pain, suffering, hardship, illness. He is of Generation X too, the one not prepared for anything as we were taught to do nothing but hang out at the mall in our teens and assured a great life awaited. Since this is the first generation that economically went down the chute, we were left unprepared. Is resiliency formed in the crucible of being handed a plate of delusions in the American dream factory? Where we are told one thing, while another is actually happening?
I have to admit yes I know this blog has a taint of sadness. Mr Snayl, I feel lost like you. Like you, I followed the steps for what should have brought a happy life, college, focused on a relationship, moved thinking it would bring me opportunities instead of lost roots. Lost people-death in my case too as well as leaving toxic familial relationships, infertility here too, lost time, lost of direction, lost health. The only thing sustaining me is a Christian faith and hope in the next world, for me I had #everythingbadhappened.com too. My problem now is finding direction, trying to make sense of it all, maybe a reread of the book of Job from the Bible is in order.
But realize Mr. Snayl, we were lied to, we were not prepared for real life and how hard it can get, and now in our 40s, it may be quite the lesson. Maybe this is the age that someone really grows up. The point here is how to proceed. If anything has gone awry about modern life, it's that all the lies instead of truth telling has left us unprepared.
Isaiah 40:31 - But they that wait upon the LORD shall renew [their] strength; they shall mount up with wings as eagles; they shall run, and not be weary; [and] they shall walk, and not faint.