This is not the present I envisioned as a child; this isn’t the world any of us 80’s babies thought we would be taken over
Our expectations were far greater than the faux reality being sold to us; too many damn fairytales, prince charmings & happily ever afters.
Our parents mass exodus from their marriages shattered the illusion of a guaranteed happy ending; as Disney was okay with the execution of bambi’s mom but not for when she leaves in the middle of the night
More of our parents were incarcerated than educated or counseled
The war on drugs was nothing more than an assault on communities who were unable to afford a beverly hills lawyer
Our backyards were torn down for fast food joints, parking lots & strip malls
We were told to recycle/ reduce/ reuse all while corporations and politicians sat idly by destroying and contaminating our air & water
Our individuality was traded in for mass conformity; becoming a generation defined by ad men, slogans & celebrity pitch men
All of our wanna be icons sold out to the most trending of brands in exchange for the same opulence they warned us about during their coming up
We had more access to technology & no supervision
We were promised an education would be our golden ticket all we got was a piece of paper, debt & poor wages that keep the American Dream far out of reach
We were forced to “Just Say No” to POT & mandated to pee in a cup all while doctors and pharm companies created & profit of the current heroin epidemic
We are the generation left figuring out how to pay in full plus interest now that the tax man has come to collect
Corporations, pharm companies, lobbyist, and politicians all play an intergalactic game of poker using our future as collateral & never once flinch at trading in our wellbeing for a profit
We see the same social, political and cultural issues being replayed from generations ago with the same people offering the same tired solutions
The generation sold out for profit is not bitter or entitled.
Some of us have just decided to get off the wheel of insanity & redefine what happiness and success looks like
and many of us are working to be the change needed to make such 80’s fantasies a reality.
Be Well All