Sunday, November 23, 2008

The Naivety Of Youth.

I remembered something the other day.
Which for those of you who don't know me well,
Lets just say its a big deal.

I remember way back in first grade something struck me as being quite odd.
But I thought nothing of it.
Until I noticed it again in second grade,
Only this time it was much more noticeable.
And when I saw it again in the third grade I'd had enough.
I had to find an answer to my question:

"Why are all the older kids getting shorter every year?!"

I thought the human species was de-evolving in some way.
Getting shorter and skinnier before my eyes.
The kids used to be HUGE!
Now not only did I not fear them,
I was bigger than some of them!

My confusion lasted another 2 years,
when finally after reaching the top of the food chain in grade 7 I knew the answer.
THEY werent getting smaller,
No no, I was getting bigger.

It makes me laugh to this day how naive kids can be.
Granted I was never a genius,
so my example may be due more to a slow mental processor,
but it makes me impatient to have kids,
and see their innocence and naivety play out before me.

And if they ever look scared,
as if they don't know why people are rapidly shrinking...
well I think I'll let them figure it out for themselves.

Monday, November 17, 2008

Vancouver 2010.

I remember this video to this day.
I watched it live as it was presented to the IOC.
I never felt more proud to live in Vancouver.
To be a Canadian.
To be given the chance to showcase our natural blessings with the world.
And in a year and a half we will share them with the world.

Tuesday, November 11, 2008

How Appropriate

Listen and enjoy.
I know it brings me solace each year I get older.

Saturday, November 08, 2008

Generation Bling.

I stumbled upon an interesting article the other day in the Tuesday edition of the Metro newspaper. I was reading it as I ate my lunch in the trailer at work. I was so sucked in, everything else around me ceased to exist. It said everything I have thought for a long time now, and what my parents have said to me for as long as I can remember. It put into words what I can't articulate, and I think they're words everyone in our demographic could stand to listen to. I will do my best to edit out the mindless drivel, and only write the important bits.

Here goes:

" A recent study indicates that we are not alone in our financial ingnorance. Charles Schwab reports that most 'Generation Xers'- aged between 27 to 40 - are way behind when it comes to retirement savings. Almost half of those surveyed reported being so overwhelmed by debt and living paycheque to paycheque that they could not even begin to think about savings and retirement planning.

As we began to think about what advice we could offer, we also thought about how generations before ours dealt with their money and what advice we could take from them now. One of our own Smart Cookies recalls chatting with her grandfather about how individuals of his age group spent and saved, and his answer was simple; 'we had no credit, if we wanted to buy something, we had to have the cash to do so.' Here are more lessons from previous generations:

Cash, cash and more cash- It may sound old school, but Smart Cookies live by the cash system. We allow ourselves an allotted amount of 'fun money' each week, and when the money disappears, we are not allowed to resort to credit. It's helped us get out of debt, start saving and also has kept our priorities in check.

If the shoe fits, you don't have to buy it- For whatever reason our generation never learned this lesson. Instead we feel that we are entitled to everything our parents worked their whole lives for - the beautiful home, the luxury car, the fabulous wardrobe- by the time we are thirty. You will have all these things, just not right now. If you wait until you can truly afford them, these possessions will mean that much more.

Whose life are you living anyway? -
It's easy to fall into the trap of trying to keep up with your friends
when it comes to portaying an image,
but if it means using your credit,
it's time to reconsider your priorities.

In recent years our generation has felt even more pressure
to pretend as if we have it all.
But really who are you fooling?
Not your friends or your family,
who know your are living way beyond your means."
Written by the Smart Cookies.

I dont know if anyone else will take from this what I did.
As much as I might think I already understand it,
hearing it from someone else's perspective,
and not just my parents,
only helps reinforce it.

I have goals I want to achieve in life.
Not the least of which are complete financial independance
and monetary stability.