I’m Generation X.
I was born in 1979, putting me safely in the Gen X age bracket. I read Douglas Coupland books as a teenager and consider the movie Reality Bites to be a huge slap in the face.
On the other hand, I have a lot in common with Gen Y.
If only there was an online quiz that could help ease my confusion.
Are teenagers boys and girls or men and women? This is a question that I often contemplate. Do I treat these teenagers as fragile little creatures or do I expect them to step up and take on the same responsibilities as an adult? Is there a middle ground and if so, where on the spectrum does it lie? And most importantly, do my expectations match reality?
Alex and Brett Harris were both teenagers when they wrote Do Hard Things. They argue that teenagers are capable of doing much but expected to do little. That teenagers should break through the barriers of low expectations and attempt great things. And I have to say, they make a compelling argument.
I know starting the post with that sentence makes me look like a cranky old man.
And yes, if I did have a lawn, I’d be telling you to get off it.
But I’m sharing this nugget of old person information with you to show you how different it was for the pop culture junkie in the 90’s compared to today.
I don’t write much about sport on here. It’s not that I don’t enjoy sport. I very much enjoy playing sport. I’m just not much into following sport. I’m far more interested in the starting line up of the Justice League than I am in the run on squad of the Wallabies.
But sport is part of the national culture of Australia. Growing up, I spent every Saturday during the footy season either playing football or hanging around the field as my brothers played. For many Australians it would be a very similar story, whether it be soccer, netball, nippers, whatever. It’s a massive part of the Australian life, but one that is relatively untapped by Christian ministry. That’s what I’m excited about the work being done by Sydney Sports Coalition.
It’s been a long time since I’ve written one of these. I haven’t even stepped into a movie cinema since last year. What have I missed? Anything I should rush to see? I’ll be checking out Sherlock Holmes at the Moonlight Cinema this week. Anything else?
Let’s get into this week’s new releases:
- Valentine’s Day
- The Wolfman
- A Prophet
- My Name is Khan
- Percy Jackson & The Olympians: The Lightning Thief
Growing up, I was a massive fan of Doctor Who. I collected all the videos and books I could get my hands on. When I was a teenager, the show was off the air, so I had to make do with what ever Doctor Who merchandise I could get my hands on. The 7th Doctor, Sylvester McCoy, was (and still is) my favourite Doctor. Not because he was a particularly good actor. Far from it. He couldn’t do righteous anger to save his life – which should be a requirement for any Doctor. But he was the Doctor I grew up on. It was his adventures I followed in the books published in the 90s.
So when I saw this auction, part of me wished I had something resembling money.
Think back to when you were a kid. For some of you this will be an easier task than for others. Remember how it felt. Did you ever feel like you were ignored? That no one ever paid attention to you? Most of us have felt like that at some stage. Now what if you could harness this “power” for good? Could a kid be the ultimate spy, able to slip around unnoticed and help take down the bad guys?
That’s the idea behind the CHERUB series of books by Robert Muchamore. Sometimes the best spy for the job is a 11 year old.