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Last week i started to watch a TV series called “Community” and i really enjoyed. It’s a comedy about a group of people that gets into community college and end up sounding a lot like ” The breakfast club “. I really needed a new Tv show but what happened next was too much. I started watching four or five episodes a day al least and i’m almost done with the two existing seasons. The worst is that i can see a pattern here. It’s not the first time i do things that way. Most of the times when i get really into something it becomes compulsive. I’m not sure if this is normal these days where we have to stuff ourselves very fast with every kind of things so we keep up or if it’s something that has to do with people like me. Compulsive people. Obese and alcoholics and workaholic and sex addicts. The good thing about aging is that you learn to recognize your own patterns so today i can stop my own compulsive behavior. At least for new kinds of issue. The problems are the old habits. As they say: “Old habits are hard to break” and the reason is the same as the one for compulsive behavior. Repetition. We have a way of learning thing in this world and it’s by repetition. The hunger to discover and learn can be destructive when not controlled and the way to control it is to learn to focus and to breath and to be able to analise one’s own patterns and compulsiveness. It’s great to be interested in all that surrounds us but in today’s world were there is too much information we gotta be selective. Now it’s the time to choose and to focus and more importantly understanding when something is addictive. Less is more guys.

I was born in 1969 and historians call people my age “the lost generation”. I even attended a lecture in cannes festival adressed to huge companies talking about this so called “lost generation” and it’s consuming habits. It was fun to learn that my generation is often mentioned as “against fashion and consumption ” or “a generation that doesn’t believe in brands and capitalism” . They said that after the easygoing hippies our generation was one full of super protective parents that sometimes are even competitive about this matter.. That unlike babyboomers we value lifestyle over money and quality of life over success. What i really liked the most tought was the opening of this lecture where they used a speech played by Brad Pitt in the Fight Club. The name of his character on the movie is Tyler Durden and the speech is the best definition of my generation i ever heard so i would like to share with you guys. Many of you know it by heart i guess but it’s always good to listen to these words:

” I see all this potential, and I see it squandered. Goddammit, an entire generation pumping gas, waiting tables, slaves with white collars. Advertising has us chasing cars and clothes, working jobs we hate so we can buy shit we don’t need. We’re the middle children of history, man; no purpose or place. We have no Great War, no Great Depression. Our Great War is a spiritual war. Our Great Depression is our lives. We’ve all been raised by television to believe that one day we’d all be millionaires and movie gods and rock stars. But we won’t; and we’re slowly learning that fact. And we’re very, very pissed off.”

I’m not worried about this generation of mine because the truth freed us a while ago. As a matter of fact the guys in that lecture made a big research to find out that between the babyboomers and the generation x (today’s young adults) my generation seams to be the more happy and positive about life. Congratulations lost fellas!!!