Looking Back: Challenges Met and Unmet
In looking back to my high school years, I was remembering how the promise of great things to come pervaded the atmosphere -- great things that I and my contemporaries were going to make happen just as soon as we graduated and moved forward as adults.
I was child of the 1960s and 1970s, graduating in 1974. It was the time of the end of the Vietnam War, the Chicago Seven , the Watergate Scandal and more. It was a time of turbulence and change -- change that from my eyes as a small town young woman seemed only positive.
In my senior year of high school, many of us were starry-eyed optimists. In retrospect I can see that living in a small town in the Midwest isolated us from much the the real-world issues. It was easy to be optimistic while yet walking the halls of public school, with trusted friends and dedicated teachers surrounding us.
Our class song, Cat Steven's (now Yusuf Islam) " Oh Very Young ," spoke to our belief that we would go forth and change the world for the better. Those were almost magical times, back then, with our youth in our favor and the world yet untested by us.
Did our generation succeed where we thoughts others had failed? The answer is both yes and no. My contemporaries, who fall right in the middle of the Baby Boomer generation, fell into step when we joined the adult world. In that respect, I think we missed the central theme of our challenge -- to make the world a better place than the one we grew up in.
What do you see when you look back over your life?
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