Thirty years

“A man who views the world the same at fifty as he did at twenty has wasted thirty years of his life.” –  Muhammad Ali

I have thought about this quote all weekend. I have tried to reflect on what has changed in my life and my world in thirty years and what effect it has had on me.

As I have gotten older, my views have become much more liberal, much more compassionate. Keep in mind my starting point was a young adult growing-up in a Ronald Reagan dominated world. President Reagan set a very conservative tone for the United States. That tone extended into economics, religion, and our military. Issues in the middle-east were becoming more prevalent as U.S. supported puppet regimes were toppled and Israel became more defiant and aggressive in protecting its turf. Evangelical’s began flexing both their religious and political muscle with the strong support of Reagan. This set an ugly trend of mixing politics with religion which carries on today.

Economically our country was entering into a severe recession. I was fortunate to have found a job out of college but my wife was unable too. It was struggle, but a struggle that strengthened our resolve and marriage and prepared us for future challenges.

Thirty years later and I am no longer a fan of Ronald Reagan, his policies or his views. I don’t hold him in any reverence as so many in the republican party do today. But I see in many of the Trump supporters, these fifty and sixty years old and a new crop of young Reagan republicans, citizens who relish the idea of a man who will seemingly answer to no one and will step on any and everyone’s toes no matter the consequences. The issues in the middle-east have escalated to a point unimaginable thirty years ago and Israel continues to be in the center of this bad blood.

A lot has changed in the world in thirty years and a lot hasn’t, some of it is just new packaging. I have changed. Things that were important to me then seem like a distant memory now.

My view, life is a circle and my impression is that we may be circling back to a very dark time in our country. The next six months will be very telling about my children’s future. I worry about their future, I worry about their happiness, I worry about their well-being. Have my views changed in thirty years? Yes, my children have changed my views. I can now see beyond my life. I understand now, as many twenty year-olds still believe, that I am not the center of the universe, that my happiness and success is not the most important thing in the world.

Have your views changed?


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I am a frustrated writer and poet waiting to be discovered. A stand-up philosopher performing on a street corner near you. A Christian with questions but I don’t want to hear your answers. A Buddhist with a bumper sticker on my truck to prove it. A collector of quotes. A grower of lettuce. The Patron Saint of earthworms who name their children after me. A cyclist whose big ass strains the seams of his Lycra bibs. I am American by birth, Southern by the grace of God. My goal in life is to leave an imprint on the lives of the people I love not a footprint on the earth. I am a son, a husband, a father composed of 65%-Oxygen, 18%-Carbon, 10%-Hydrogen, 3%-Nitrogen, 3%-Diet Coke and 1%-Oreo.
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19 Responses to Thirty years

  1. Da Bassment says:

    thanks for sharing

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  2. Tony Burgess says:

    I grew up as a youth with Reagan as the president but as an adult I have had Bush, Clinton, Bush and Obama. The world has changed and I have gotten more liberal but its hard in a red state in a red region. I don’t think the world revolves around the United States and we don’t have to be the greatest country on earth. The USA has been held hostage by big business and religion that seeks to preserve the status quo of a era that was from a long time ago.

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  3. Cookie says:

    Absolutely. I feel like I look back even 10 years and the changes are unbelievable. Part of that for me has been entering the world of parenthood. It changes your perception of everything…like you said, worrying about their future, making sure they will be ok after I am gone.

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  4. Fantasy Raconteur says:

    Thanks for sharing this! Although I’m still very young I definitely have a lot of personality changes to think about. My worldview has changed because of certain people and events, and I view what seemed perfect to me a few years ago with more objectivity. But that’s the beauty of life=) Nothing stays the same.

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  5. Patricia says:

    I also have noted that religion has seeped into politics and I do not like it. Our choice of what beliefs we follow is a private thing and I do not want someone else beliefs forced upon me by his/her being the leader of the country. I am frightened by what is going on via “Trump Power”. He is a dictator want-to-be and a predator! I want to stick my head in the sand and I guess in a way I have. I tune out all the rhetoric though I know I should be listening to help me make a choice. I am tempted to go with my gut instinct and ignore all the hype. Good post! Thanks!

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  6. samanthamurdochblog says:

    I found a lot of my opinions changed when I became a mother, I became more “caring” generally…great post.

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  7. Belinda O says:

    I don’t remember how I came across your blog but I’m glad I did. You have such an open way of thinking and yet you’re grounded with your own set of values. That’s the value of “those 30 years,” isn’t it? I’m in the same place. I maybe didn’t start out quite as conservative, but certainly was somewhere else. I always look forward to seeing your posts!

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  8. gapawa says:

    Politics are strange. They have always tiptoed around the line between practicality and entertainment, and seem to have become nearly wholly entertainment now, though the level of entertainment is low. It is hard to try to be involved without getting the feeling that your intelligence is being insulted.

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  9. I love this quote and I really like your take on it. 🙂 Thank you for sharing.

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