The Search for Generation X

The "middle child" strikes back

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Essaouira – Photo by the author

So… this is my attempt to justify paying the annual fee for this website.

This has been a crazy year. It seems like I say that every year. We are days away from 2022 and I don’t know if I should be breathing a sigh of relief that it is almost over or I should just hide under the bed and wait for “the purge”.

In January 2021, My husband and I had Covid. I lost my sense of taste and smell. Gratefully, that was the worst of it. It was with gratitude in mind that my husband and I decided to plan our first trip to Africa for our 20th anniversary.

We decided our gateway to Africa would begin in Morocco. In November, we travelled to Marrakech, the Agafay Desert, Essaouira, Oualidia and returned to the United States from Casablanca. It was a beautiful experience (click here for the photos). I will write about it in more detail later. Our timing was perfect because two weeks later Morocco suspended all passenger flights as a result of the Omicron strain.

July, 2021 was a difficult month. One of my best friends died. Coincidentally, she was also my Mother. To give you some perspective of the unexpectedness of her death; my maternal grandmother died only three years ago at the ripe age of 92. My mother was vibrant until she was not. TTP stole my mother in fourteen days. I can’t write in detail about this without ugly crying. So I won’t.

I had this in post in draft since December. It is now January 14, 2022. and I have made a few resolutions that I have yet to break. Writing about my Mother took the winds out of my sails a bit so I stopped.

Christmas happened. It wasn’t as bad as I thought it would be. Christmas was the thing my Mother and I had in common. We had a lot of things in common. I recognize this more every day. We stayed at my stepfather’s house. I think of it that way now; for the first time I did not feel her presence. There are more pictures of her around the house. She would not have allowed that if she was alive because she was very self-critical (for no reason at all). I realized this was probably the last time I will stay there. I have a young niece and nephew who spent a lot of time with “Gra” (their version of Grandmother) especially during the height of the pandemic. They spent more time with her than I did. They are resilient. They gave me (via my sister and brother in law, of course) a Nintento Switch. I spent the first day using it getting my Pikachu to level 31 in Pokemon. This resulted in my first resolution: to use it once a week as I self-diagnosed I must have an OCD issue. I amended it to only playing Pokemon once a week because I purchased Just Dance and Fitness Boxing in order to increase my physical activity (resolution number two).

February, 2022 is going to be the beginning of a busy month. I have decided to stimulate both sides of my brain.

I start school on the February 1. I decided to get another degree in finance/accounting (left brain). My long term goal; consulting. I want to make sure my professional tool kit is strong. I have a fear of working at Walmart in my golden years. There is nothing wrong with working at Walmart as a senior if you like standing near sliding glass doors every season saying “Welcome to Walmart”. When I moved to my neighborhood sixteen years ago there was this very attractive older woman who did just that. She is still there. Her hair was grey when she started. It is shocking white now. She is as attractive now as she was back then. Her countenance is one that appears to be happy. She appears to be a woman who has had a full life. I hope I look like that one day; just not standing near sliding glass doors.

I have decided to create a podcast (my right brain) based on this blog. I have content; part of which comes from the Questionnaire tab in this blog. I have a friend who has agreed to provide me with original music for my intro and outro (am I using the correct term?). I have a friend who has a production company that has agreed to edit it (because I don’t know what I am doing). My best friend has agreed to be my first guest. For years we said we would do a podcast together while drinking wine. I am determined to make that happen. So, if you are reading this, look out for Generation X Lost: The Podcast coming soon.

If you are reading this and have any suggestions on what to include in my podcast, please go to the contact section or you can email me at robynne@generationxlost.com. You can also DM me on Twitter @GenXLost1

Happy New Year!

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