Times have changed

     It’s 2012, the end of the world was promised to be on December 21, 2012. I suppose that times have changed since the Mayans occupied the world, because the date has come and gone and we are blessed to still be here. There was no Armageddon or World War III. To say the least I am thrilled to still be here, and I am looking forward to many more years to celebrate life.
     Now being alive during this time, I stopped to evaluate what was really going on in our society. I thought how the times really have changed from child rearing to celebration of holiday to even music. We have not only evolved in technology, but society as a whole has really made me sit and think. I suppose one of the things that I associated with this change comes with this song.
Some Nights by Fun. – Lyrics retrieved from www.elyrics.net

Some nights, I stay up cashing in my bad luck; some nights, I call it a draw
Some nights, I wish that my lips could build a castle
Some nights, I wish they’d just fall off
But I still wake up, I still see your ghost
Oh Lord, I’m still not sure what I stand for
What do I stand for? What do I stand for?
Most nights, I don’t know anymore…
This is it, boys, this is war – what are we waiting for?
Why don’t we break the rules already?
I was never one to believe the hype – save that for the black and white
I try twice as hard and I’m half as liked, but here they come again to jack my style
That’s alright (that’s alright).I found a martyr in my bed tonight.
She stops my bones from wondering just who am I, who am I, who Ia-a-a-am, oh who am I, m-mm, m-mm.
Well, some nights I wish that this all would end
‘Cause I could use some friends for a change
And some nights I’m scared you’ll forget me again
Some nights I always win (I always win)
But I still wake up, I still see your ghost
Oh Lord, I’m still not sure what I stand for
What do I stand for? What do I stand for? What do I stand for?
Most nights, I don’t know…
So this is it? I sold my soul for this?
Washed my hands of that for this?
I miss my mom and dad for this?
No. When I see stars, when I see stars, that’s all they are
When I hear songs, they sound like a swan, so come on
Oh, come on. Oh, come on.
That is it, guys, that is all – five minutes in and I’m bored again
Ten years of this, I’m not sure if anybody understands
This one is not for the folks back home; I’m sorry to leave, mom, I had to go
Who the fuck wants to die alone all dried up in the desert sun?
My heart is breaking for my sister and the con that she called “love”
But when I look into my nephew’s eyes…
Man, you wouldn’t believe the most amazing things that can come from…
Some terrible nights
The other night, you wouldn’t believe the dream 
I just had about you and me
I called you up, but we’d both agree
It’s for the best you didn’t listen
It’s for the best we get our distance…
It’s for the best you didn’t listen
It’s for the best we get our distance…

     I thought that this song was perfect because in times before our own people were a lot more aware. To me this song represents how we are so lost in our own civil war. We are forced into a situation where all we want to do is stand for something, but because there is so much to “stand for” in this world we are lost in “love” or “war” and we can’t seem to find out what we are really working towards. It turns family member against family member all because we have no wiggle room for compromise. We all end in the sad frustration of not wanting to die alone and succumb to what every person feels is inevitable… lonesome misery.
     I don’t know if this is just the lost ramblings of someone who is just longing for some days of the past where there were neighborhood barbecues and you didn’t have to worry about getting your child kidnapped from the local park. Where we didn’t mark our calendars and almost look forward to the end of the world. When people didn’t have to prepare for dooms-day and instead planned for birthdays and anniversaries. I wish for the time where we looked forward to holidays because of family instead of dreaded them because you are forced to go out in public because of the masses of gift givers who would crowd us in stores and fight over the last LCD flat screen TV.
     I know it is a lot of randomness here in this post and I suppose I can’t really pin point the one simple thing that I am trying to say since there is so much to say on this topic. I just have so much hope for our future starting with our children. I hope that I can raise a family where we can enjoy the simple things.
     What did you think of the end of the world? Where were you on December 21, 2012? Do you think that people are missing out on anything because of all that is going on? What do you hope for you and your family’s future?

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