We always think we’d be better off living in a time other than our own. The 1960s because of the music and the fashion. The 1980s because of the music and the coke. But most of us don’t realize that now is the best time to live in.
I normally hate lists, but I recently had an epiphany and had to share why I know that we are living in the best time period:
If you love clothes, there has never been a better time to live in. Women can wear men’s clothes and men can wear women’s.
Fashion has always been about not only expressing oneself, but expressing the collective voice of the times. It’s about rebellion and people are realizing that they can dress any way they want. You can no longer say what makes a man and what makes a woman.
A woman can wear a bra as a top with some high waisted denim shorts, throw on a chunky sweater over all of it and call it a day. And a man could put on some skinny jeans, a shirt dress, some heeled timberland boots, and a leather jacket and wouldn’t be considered crazy. The lines between masculine and feminine have become so beautifully blurred that clothes are no longer men’s or women’s; they’re simply clothes. They’re art. They are fashion.
Do you remember when you had to churn your own butter and prep the horse and carriage to go into town? No? Neither do I and thank God for that!
Technology has come a long way in a relatively short amount of time. Maybe I should say in a suspiciously short amount of time. The first iPhone only came out 7 years ago which is mind blowing, and look how far it’s come. I suspect they’ve had that sort of technology for some time now, but decide only to release it incrementally so they can make more mula. But that’s beside the point. The point is that we have the internet literally at our fingertips. Which means information is at our fingertips.
We have cars that don’t use gas, televisions that record themselves, and phones that talk to you. I still think it’s amazing that planes fly and that I can speak to someone on the other side of the planet through a piece of metal and plastic.
We have a black president for crying out loud! We forget how amazing that is. Regardless about your feelings toward Obama, the fact is, a person of color would only be elected ruler of the free world, now. It would be unfathomable in any other time in history for a person of color to have that much power and influence…except maybe Ancient Egypt, but there were beheadings and sacrifices; not good.
We’ve come a long way since blacks were brought over from Africa and the Caribbean as slaves in the 1500s. And 1955 really wasn’t that long ago considering it was a time when people like Rosa Parks were forced to sit in the back of a friggin bus.
Now it’s considered cool to sit in the back of a bus. Now interracial couples are the norm and now a black man can be president. A pantsuit wearing female president isn’t far off if Hilary has anything to say about it. That to me is amazing and reminds me that this is the best time to live in. I just wish Mrs. Clinton would crack a smile once in a while.
Equality isn’t just about race or gender. It’s about love too. People are realizing more and more that love is love. Period. People of all ethnicities are having babies together and gay marriage is becoming more and more prevalent. We still have a ways to go, but I’m not worried. Seventeen countries have already supported same-sex marriage; the Netherlands being the first. The Netherlands!!! If they can do it so can we. You may call it being liberal, progressive, or open minded. I call it equality.
1. The Age of Aquarius
There has never been a better opportunity for spiritual growth than right fucking now.
The Matrix wasn’t too far off. We are all beginning to wake up. We realize that we have choices. We realize that there are bad people out there, a lot of whom are in government or a place of power. But we are also realizing that we don’t have to be afraid of them anymore. We can simply opt out.
There will always be a bully. But bullies tend to go away when you stop giving them your attention. When you see that they don’t have as much power as they’ve been letting on, you’ll realize how much power you do have.
We are letting go of the old ways and making room for the new. We are making up our own rules. We see that it is no longer considered selfish to put our own happiness first. It is not my job to make you happy, but even if I wanted to attempt such a feat, I would first need to be happy with myself.
It is not wrong to want peace, love, and equality. We are demanding them and we won’t take no for an answer.
Now is the best time and it’s only going to get better. There will be times when it seems like our progress has plateaued, but they won’t last long. Things are moving faster and faster and more and more people are waking up.
We are more free than ever before. It may not seem like it at a glance, but if you look a little deeper you’ll see that we have more opportunities than anyone in history. The power really does live in the now. We are explorers, which means we can’t go back, nor do we really want to. We want to keep pushing forward, always improving ourselves and the world we live in. The universe has no choice, but to keep perfecting itself. It wants to prosper as much as you and I do and in order to do that it needs to make sure we all thrive.
Forget past regrets and move on. That way you can be guided in the direction of love, peace, equality, unity, and creativity. Be kind to yourself, be kind to others, and fight for what you believe in. There’s no better moment than the one right in front of you.
Check out “Maps”, another inspiring song from Maroon 5’s new album “V”: