The irony of a youth worshiping culture

Let’s face it – America is a youth worshiping culture. It’s been that way since the Baby Boomers demanded not to trust anyone over the age of 30. And take a guess what happened? They’re all old now. I guess we shouldn’t trust them, right?

Yes, the Baby Boomers didn’t start it. They’re just the ones who went as far as to demand to not trust anyone over the age of 30. Then suddenly, they were all over the age of 30. Weird how that works, huh?

A youth worshiping culture since the Greeks and Romans

We get a lot of our culture from the Greeks and the Romans. Heck, look at Washington, D.C. Looks like our architects wanted us to be the next Rome.

They worshiped youth because they adored beauty. And let’s not be politically correct here – young people are usually better looking than old people. Not always, but you can make a general statement out of that.

Money to be made

There are many, many ways to get rich. One way is to create a product that “preserves youth.” Look at the market for it. It’s freaking huge!

Americans are obsessed with looking young. You have a lot of people my age who even act like they’re young.

Do they look silly doing it? Of course they do. But they’ll keep doing it because they’re in denial that they’re old.

40 isn’t young. It’s middle-aged, and I’ve decided to act my age a long time ago. Rather than pretending to be something I’m not, I focus on my composition and orchestration.

I used to be X when I was younger. I’m no longer that person. It’s gone, and I’m glad as I’ve learned a lot from those years.

But back on topic, yes, anything that can convince people that it will make them look or feel younger? Sell it. Make money.

Bitter old people

You’ll encounter a lot of bitter old people. I’ve talked to a lot of Millennials who’ve told me that Baby Boomers hate them. Yes, a lot of Baby Boomers are bitter, resentful people. You know why? Because you reap what you sow.

I’m in Generation X. Nobody really likes us. Nobody really hates us. We’re kind of in the middle of everything but not anywhere. Which is perfectly fine with me. I’d rather be known for other things than something I can’t help.

I’ve never really identified with Gen X though as I’ve always seen myself as an American first and a Metalhead second. The rest is just frosting.

Life your life

One serious problem I find with folks is that they spend too much time worrying about what other people think of them and not enough time actually doing something productive. I tell people I care about to stop trying to impress other people. Instead, chase your dreams.

There’s only one truth in life. It’s that you’re going to die. You don’t want to be on your deathbed with tons of regrets, and I can almost guarantee you that those regrets will be more what you didn’t do rather than what you did.

Youth is only a fleeting moment. It’s gone really fast. You’ll hear older folks say “youth is wasted on the youth” and there’s a lot of truth to that. Most young people don’t value their youth, then long for it when it’s gone. Believe me, it will be gone sooner than you know it. Then, you’ll never get it back.

Not only will you never get it back, the folks who regret losing it the most will spend the most money on products that sell youth in a bottle.


Roman is an artist, composer, writer, and travel junkie, and he can still throw a football

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