This text is for everybody born before 1980. We were heroes!!
It's ACTUALLY SUPRISING THAT SO MANY OF US ARE STILL ALIVE. . WE ARE HEROES!!
We kids sat in cars without seatbelts or airbags. Our beds were covered in our drawings using crayons full of Iron and Cadmium. We were able to open bleach, chemical and medicine bottles from the local chemist without any difficulty. Doors and drawers were a big risk for our little fingers. Bikes were ridden without helmets and water was drunk from taps, puddles and streams..everywhere except out of waterbottles..
We built towers made of crates..then had races to see who reached the top first. We discovered bends and curves in roads just before realising that the brakes hadn't been put on the go-carts.
We went out to play early in the mornings..spent all day outside..remembering to go home just before the street lamps went on. Nobody knew where we were..and no-noe had a mobilephone with them.
We cut ourselves, broke some bones..but nobody sued anybody else..nobody blamed or charged parents for letting their kids run around. We had fights, beat each other black and blue, kicked ass or got our ass kicked..went home only to hear from the parents "tough luck.. that's life kiddo"And that was the end of it..interest was quickly turned back to the oven or TV.
We ate all kinds of unhealthy food. Bread with drippings, fish and chips, leftovers.Campbell soup and enough bake beans to create our own gas bombs. No-one complained about weight problems.
We got drunk on cider..sharing bottles and fag butts which had been fished out of mum or dads ashtray..no-one died of alcoholismus.or diseases coming from sharing.
We didn't have playstations or pcs, gameboys or Nintedo, never mind 264 TV channels to watch..no CD players, Internet Chatrooms..memberships for sportclubs or fitness centers.
WE HAD FRIENDS!!!
We just went out..met eachother, went to each others houses sometimes not even needing to ring the doorbell..the door was always open to friends..with or without permission from the parents. Nobody was taken or collected. How was that possible?
We played games using sticks as guns..tennisballs for catching..we ate worms..proving that our parents lied when they said the worms would carry on living in our stomachs.
Only the best players were allowed to be in the football teams roaming around the streets. If you weren't good enough..tough luck..no-one cared..you had to deal with it.
Bikes were put together or repaired by each other..
School?..haha school..somekids scraped through their exams..some failed or had to sit another year without any emotional Parent-teacher meetings..or involvement from the Government.
If you were caught being bad..you dealt with the consequences..did the crime-paid the time ..Parents were often of the same opinion as the cops..sometimes dragging you down to the police station to spend 4 hours in a police cell.
Our generation was full of inovators and problem solvers, we took risks, had freedom to learn how to deal with life..and WE LEARNED!!!
This was my generation-your generation..congratulations..WE SURVIVED...WE ARE HEREOS..
And all of you chicken shits..born after 1980..what about you? Can you say the same?...
Nooo...didn't think so.
Original text was in German (Authur unknown to me)..I have tried to translate it as well as possible