What say the Bells of San Blas? were the words penned Henry Wadsworth Longfellow as he lay on his death bed.
He wrote of a place he had never visited, a formerly illustrious church and port in San Blas Mexico, that now lay dilapidated.
The silent bells of San Blas signify an era that has past.
Where once the bells were proud, and rang out their song for all to hear, they now 'mould and rust.'
That age has ended. A new day has dawned.
But in recognition that each individual is unique, and marches to the tune of their own drummer.
No longer do we all hear the same song and march in the same path. We live in a world where as individuals we make our own rules, and define our own life course.
In the past, the bells tolled "go to school, get good grades, get a good job, work til your sixty-five."
The bells chimed "settle down, get a 30 year mortgage, stay in one place to raise your family."
The bells have pealed "family OR travel", "career OR contribution", "money OR fulfillment"
This era shines a light on the convergence of formerly contradictory values.
This generation is learning to take their dreams very, very seriously.
"Oh, bring us back once more
The vanished days of yore,
Some fight this epoch age, uncertain and afraid, they long for days gone by.
There comfortable with the 'known', cozy with the 'familiar' and 'the way things have always been'.
They're afraid of the changes taking place, and uncertain of where they stand.
But their longing is in vain. This is an idea whose time has come.
Where do you stand?
Do you long for the past, or will you embrace a new age, be a dreamer of dreams, create your own rules and live the life YOU were meant to live?
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