Yeah Write: Gargleblaster #158 (Gabriel García Márquez Tribute)

“Tell me something, old friend: why are you fighting?”

“Because my generation isn’t spoiled,” she said, “We know what we want, but have no idea how to get it. Failure was shielded from us, our brains left to wait until wisdom magically appeared. We weren’t allowed the experience of hard work.”



19 thoughts on “Yeah Write: Gargleblaster #158 (Gabriel García Márquez Tribute)

  1. This is so true. We don’t do our kids any favors by letting everyone always win. Sure failure stinks, but the effort makes future successes that much more meaningful.

    1. Yes it is. You can’t REALLY learn wisdom if you are not experiencing things for yourself. It’s not just knowledge that comes from that, it’s emotion as well.

  2. Molly coddling our children is not always a wise move-sometimes it is best that they learn through their own experience and in case they make a mistake,its not the end of the world.Responsibility will only come when they learn that life is not a slice of cake served on a silver platter and your piece clearly shows that-well done:-)

  3. Amen. I like how you put this: we aren’t spoiled, we have been shielded from opportunity. Very insightful. Thanks for linking up!

    1. Agreed, and I feel like this mentality has infected many schools around the country, as well. It’s one of many reasons why I did not finish a teaching credential.

  4. Oh, fantastic. Reminds me so much of the women of my grandmother’s generation, when I finally grew up enough to be still and appreciate what they were trying to tell me.

  5. Very true…
    The Little Prince will know failure and hard work. He will understand what it means to struggle for the the achievements that mean the most.

  6. And then there’s the whole instant gratification with the internet and cell phones and apps, oh my. Now I sound old, too. lol This was a thought provoking piece, I enjoyed it!

  7. Definitely thought-provoking, because I usually go straight to the ‘kids these days are so spoiled I might throw up’ judgement, but you’re right to add that the opportunity to experience things other than what they want isn’t completely in their control. I think it’s great to emphasis experience over winning and losing, but pretending that failure isn’t ever going to happen isn’t any healthier than fostering too much competition. Great job!

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