‘*This* generation are a bunch of uneducated good-for-nothings. At least we were in the military, eh?’ said totally RANDOMLY a man to the shop assistant at the supermarket, nodding his head towards me, as I was standing in line next to him at the deli counter and minding my own business. I was appalled. I looked at the shop assistant, befuddled and wide eyed, as he answered my gaze with a shocked expression.
And then I left. Because if I were truly uneducated I would have answered back.
But then I thought of this photo that I wanted to post and couldn’t find a caption for, and I remembered that ‘my generation’ (I guess he referred to anyone younger than 30 and older than 15?) is the one that can start a business with a photo like this alone. We’re the ones who can start a venture with a camera, or a website, as the only investment. And we’re not having it easy, and Italy knows - all of southern Europe knows - we’re not. We grew up with HIS generation telling us that the future was bleak and there would be no jobs and aspirations were meant to stay just that, and that love and people and chances weren’t equal.
I was sitting at dinner with some friends yesterday and we talked politics, and philosophy, and how these things repeated themselves, and I realized that the line of history doesn’t have to be a circle. My generation inherited it all tangled. But each line is born straight, and no matter how tangled it gets, it was always a straight line to begin with. And even though we have to untangle it, at least the thread is in our hands.
So go f*** your guts, random man at the supermarket. I’m just sorry your kid was with you and had to hear your BS.
Photo taken with @moodsnfood of a delicious wild blackberry, basil & peach smoothie ✨
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