journal prompt link up // living in another decade

Monday, October 1, 2012

This has always been one of my favorite pop questions because, until recently, I thought I had a great answer.

I asked someone last week, but he turned it back on me. The 70s, I answered automatically. He didn't let me off without an explanation though, and I was unprepared. Searching my knowledge of history, pop culture and literature, I tried to come up with something to back my answer.

The fashion? The free-spirited attitude of the decade? Surely not the oranges and browns or the shag carpet. Not the sex and drugs. I'll just change my answer I guess, since apparently there really isn't much in the 70s I feel like I'm missing. How about the 50s? Actually, no. I've studied the housewife era, and I don't think that's where I would fit in the best. Maybe the 20s. 

Is the depression worth the jazz and the clubs and all that? he asked me.

No. It's not worth it.

I was at a loss. I certainly wasn't going back any farther (I like my electricity and running water), and I definitely wouldn't choose the 80s (not far enough from the decade I actually grew up in). I stopped walking, turned and looked at him.

I choose now. I wasn't meant for any other decade.


  1. very nice!
    i, too often wonder how i would have done in other decades and have come to this same conclusion..for where i live now. i wouldn't have wanted to live in the u.s. during the seventies, but i sure would have liked to have lived in europe!
    great post, have a happy week!

  2. When you think about it logically, it makes you happy to live today - with toilet paper and iPhones. But IDEAO-logically, I think I would've loved to live in the nineteen-forties. Women were getting a lot more responsibility because of the war, they were heroes instead of housewives - and they were still feminine without being overly sexual. Although there was a sense of fear hanging over the nation and the world at large, it gave people a chance to be brave, to stand up for what they cared about and most importantly - to join together for a common cause. I would've loved to be a Lois Lane type in the 1940s, still my sassy personality but with much better clothes and more to fight for.