Generational and Individual

Greetings,

Have you ever considered that each generation might have a set of “issues” common to that generation? Well, I think you will agree. One of the most obvious examples is those who grew up during the 1930’s during the great depression. Well, how many other people do you know of who will reuse a string of dental floss at least three times before finally throwing it away?? It is what it is. Be nice everyone. 🙂 Where would we be without our parents and grandparents? Still though, yes, it is what it is. It is some people of this same generation who may have a closet full of burlap fabric, “just in case” or literally, a closet full of string or yarn in case it is needed someday. These sweet folks, ( parents and grandparents) are 80+ years old, but are always saving for “just in case that someday finally happens.”

Now, in fairness, most people can only imagine just what it was like growing up during the great depression. Those were some hard times. Conserve and keep it bear minimum lean was just what you did then, cause there wasn’t anything extra! Sure, this is understandable. Still though, the yarn, dental floss, and closet full of chewing gum, (because it wasn’t available during the war) this is more than just quirky grandparents and “just how they are.” These are generational issues talking-hands down. Each generation has their share, just as each individual does. Again, it is nothing to be ashamed of. The thing is, how many of these people from this generation accept this for one, two, are even aware of it, and three are seeking help? Very few. Fortunately, this generation seems to roll with most things fairly well. Back in those days the answer was to mask it, work harder and it will go away… It is time to evolve now.

This generation is often heard saying things like: “I’m not about to pay four dollars a pound for Asaparagus! When I was young…” Fair enough, 4.00 a pound may be outrageous for Asparagus. However, there is a point of balance, and a point where both parties can meet half way. On one side, for the one from this era, occasionally splurge! The keyword is occasionally. Show your kids and grand kids that they’re worth it to you, that you love them, and occasionally allow yourself to buy that Asparagus or expensive salsa for them that you’re not about to pay four dollars a pound for it. Ironically, they will appreciate it more, and even realize just how ridiculous the price really is. Two opposites meet half way. Both learn something.

Mental health is part of overall health. This needs to be understood to the fullest. Mental health exercises, language and ways should simply be learned and taught as daily, weekly monthly maintenance and hygiene, hand washing, flossing and taking the dumpster out to the street weekly. Remember that mental health applies to everyone whether diagnosed with a mental illness or not. Unchecked mental health can become a mental illness. It applies to everyone and affects every part of society. There is a lot of work to do. This is why I have written that I would like to see employers offered incentives for holding regular trainings and practice sessions on mental health. There needs to be a common ground in this say in every part of society, a common understanding, setup and agreement. Health care practitioners, lawmakers, officers, and surely common folk have a part to play.

Thank you for reading, and practicing your hygiene. Watch the dental floss!

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