Building Bridges – The Generation Gap can be Bridged

 

“The gap exists, but it is man made by a generation that isn’t willing to work on their half of the bridge. We are that generation.”

– Shubhi Jain

The love parents have for their children is the epitome of unconditional love.

Our parents are the only ones in the entire universe we can trust beyond a shadow of doubt. They’d be willing to go to any length just to see our smile, even if that means hurting themselves in the process. Isn’t it obvious then, that they would do whatever it takes to try to understand our world?

Earlier, from our grandparents to our parents, or for the preceding generations, the changes were not so vast as has been observed in ours – especially in India. Due to the rapid introduction of technology and innovation into our lives, the world has changed so much from what it was just 40 years ago. What people could have only dreamed of then, it is now a reality we don’t even give enough thought to before exploiting it. With that change, there has also been a change in the mindset of this generation which is miles away from the traditional ones, thus widening the gap furthermore.  

To some extent, it is true that our parents do not understand what is happening around us. For instance, they don’t know what the trending hashtag right now is,  or what a hashtag is, for that matter.

To some extent, it is true that our parents don’t understand what is happening around us. For instance, they might not know about the specifications of the newest phone or the details of how facebook works. But before you complain, remember they were the ones that taught you how to stand on your feet. If you just sit down and try to explain what is going on right now, there is a high probability that they won’t understand. The gap fundamentally boils down to the fact that children today think that their parents are entirely incapable of understanding the changes and hence don’t even put in the effort to communicate with their parents, which does nothing but widen the valley of understanding between them.

The gap exists, but it is man made by a generation that isn’t willing to work on their half of the bridge. We are that generation.

We’ve all been through those adolescent years where at some point or the other, we think our parents just don’t get us. Remember they’ve been there and done that. They get you more than you can imagine.

And when you take the time out to explain to them, anger might ensue as an understandable consequence of their frustration from the realisation that the gap is real. A reality they never expected or thought of, but a reality nonetheless.

More often than not, we think it is better to consult our friends. We’re willing to trust our friends more than our parents, failing to see the bigger picture. We fail to recognise the slightest lacing of  vested interests behind the motives of our friends who seem to be the greatest sympathisers in our time of need. We fail to see the unconditional love that our parents have for us and resort to our friends, and the valley widens.

 

Ultimately, you are their child. They will accept you and your reality for what it is. There is no need to cover it under a hood. We are responsible for the gap.

So next time think twice before thinking that your parents know nothing- believe me they know it better.

– Shubhi Jain



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