Friday, September 16, 2005

Risk taking? - What risks?

I received this and thought it was so good I must post it on my Blog. I can relate to this - how about you?


TO ALL THE KIDS WHO SURVIVED the 1930's 40's, 50's, 60's, 70's, and Early-ish 80's !!


First, we survived being born to mothers who smoked and/or drank while they carried us.

They took aspirin, ate blue cheese dressing, tuna from a can, and didn't get tested for diabetes.

Then after that trauma, our baby cribs were covered with bright colored lead-based paints.

We had no childproof lids on medicine bottles, doors or cabinets and when we rode our bikes, we had no helmets, not to mention, the risks we took hitchhiking.

As children, we would ride in cars with no seat belts or air bags.

Riding in the back of a pick up on a warm day was always a special treat.

We drank water from the garden hose and NOT from a bottle.

We shared one soft drink with four friends, from one bottle and NO ONE actually died from this.

We ate cupcakes, white bread and real butter and drank soda pop with sugar in it, but we weren't overweight because
WE WERE ALWAYS OUTSIDE PLAYING!

We would leave home in the morning and play all day, as long as we were back when the streetlights came on.

No one was able to reach us all day. And we were O.K.

We would spend hours building our go-carts out of scraps and then ride down the hill, only to find out we forgot the brakes. After running into the bushes a few times, we learned to solve the problem.

We did not have Playstations, Nintendo's, X-boxes, no video games at all, no 99 channels on cable, no video tape movies, no surround sound, no cell phones, no personal computers, no Internet or Internet chat rooms..........WE HAD FRIENDS and we went outside and found them!

We fell out of trees, got cut, broke bones and teeth and there were no lawsuits from these accidents.

We ate worms and mud pies made from dirt, and the worms did not live in us forever.

We were given cowboy guns for our 10th birthdays, made up games with sticks and tennis balls and although we were told it would happen, we did not put out very many eyes.

We rode bikes or walked to a friend's house and knocked on the door or rang the bell, or just walked in and talked to them!

The town football club had tryout for the junior team and not everyone made the team. Those who didn't had to learn to deal with disappointment. Imagine that!!

The idea of a parent bailing us out if we broke the law was unheard of. They actually sided with the law!

This generation has produced some of the best risk-takers, problem solvers and inventors ever!

The past 50 years have been an explosion of innovation and new ideas.

We had freedom, failure, success and responsibility, and we learned
HOW TO DEAL WITH IT ALL!

And YOU are one of them! CONGRATULATIONS!

You might want to share this with others who have had the luck to grow up as kids, before the lawyers and the government regulated our lives for our own good.

And while you are at it, forward it to your kids so they will know how brave their parents were.

Kind of makes you want to run through the house with scissors, doesn't it?!

5 comments:

Sriram said...

Trevor,

Terrific post! No wonder Tom asked u to post this on ur blog....i can DEFINITELY relate to it.

/pd said...

Nice postings. Heres a plug in :)-

http://peterdawson.typepad.com/blog/2005/09/we_grow_as_kids.html

Trevor Gay said...

Thanks Sriram and thanks Peter - memories are made of this :-)

Omara said...

Great message! Would you mind sending it to me by e-mail please? I would like to spread this virus too.

I didn't get the last thing about the scissors, sorry. Is it there any other image that can better transmit to me the idea?

Trevor Gay said...

Hi Omara

I received this from Annie who received it from one of her friends yesterday - I like it a lot.

I think the last bit about scissors is the temptation to 'cut up' all the paperwork that is written these days about avioding risks and danger -i t is metaphorical methinks :-)

Best woishes

Trevor