They roll their sarcastic little eyes while they try to explain to you for the 10th time what ‘tweeting’ is. That look is deliberately designed to make you feel stupid. And the kids are very good at it. Don’t you just want to smack them?
I get this treatment a lot lately – not so much from my kids, although I did get some attitude last week during a family card game. Good thing too, since I didn’t have a topic to blog about this week…Thanks ‘C’.
It seems that the most unchecked ‘ism’ out there is ageism. That’s right – being treated unfairly, rudely, rejected, or outright ignored because of ones age.
The big problem here is that the age stereotype just gets worse with each passing day. Let’s face it; you’re not going to get any more black, short, sexed (well, maybe a little), ethnic, or whatever, but you are definitely going to get older.
One friend always points out that getting older is better than the alternative…funny guy! I want to smack him too.
I have a particular issue with other people who are already at this age, or are close enough that they should know better. I thought we were supposed to support each other.
And we should stick together, right? We should run out and get a great car insurance discount then brag about to a bunch of 20 somethings.
I was at an interview recently, and as it was winding down, I asked the gentleman across from me if there was anything in my application that was a problem for him. He said the only potential issue was that I was ‘over qualified’. Over qualified? I thought being more qualified for a job was a good thing, but we all know what that really means, don’t we? It means we’re too old and can’t learn new things. That we’re hard-coded to an old way of doing things and are too inflexible to learn a new job.
The kicker is, this guy was roughly my age. Way to stick up for your fellow discriminatee, dude!
That’s something else that is a complete ‘no-no’ for our generation. We’re not allowed to say certain things, are we?
‘Yo! What up!’ is completely unacceptable when addressing your neighbour while putting out the garbage in your housecoat and slippers.
You can never say ‘That’s badass’ when describing a friends new golf club or riding lawn mower.
If someone is planning a long road trip to the coast with their kids and dog, you’re not allowed to say ‘That’s Cray Cray’.
You’ll never see anyone ‘Twerking’ at a curling club dance. Okay, that one is probably a good thing…no one wants to see that. Besides, there might be hip injuries.
But we should be free to do it if we like, right? No discrimination.
I tried to do a ‘selfie’ but it just came out creepy…and I don’t know who I’d send it to anyway, but I should be allowed as long as all those teens are doing it, right?
Maybe that’s the key to this whole ‘ism’ problem. We need to normalize behavior that might not fit our social norms. Not because we really want to share photos of our lunch on Facebook, or ‘hashtag’ the Air Supply concert we’re at, but because we deserve the right to do those things that suppress us.
I could be the Rosa Parks of middle-aged men! Who’s with me???
Oh wait – there’s a patio furniture sale on at Lee Valley this week. Maybe we can fight for injustice next weekend…