Ok, so, to date, I’ve never re-visited a book on my blog. Especially one I posted about so recently, but I just can’t help thinking about Watching Glass Shatter. That makes my book hangover for this, what… like a week so far? Not that I mind. I like thinking about characters and books. I feel like I frequently know them better than the people I’m physically around. So, what was I thinking about? Olivia and how her story mimics reality so well. Let me explain.
Olivia now lives in a world where so many things have changed. Not only is she dealing with technology, but there are additional topics that are treated much more sensitively, such as LGBTQ+. It’s not that Olivia is against these things occurring… just that they’re new to her. She really struggles with first thinking through them. How does she feel? What’s her opinion? How does she navigate these topics in a way that’s appropriate for the culture she’s now a part of?
What this really got me thinking about was… is aging different now than aging 80 years ago? Do each of us experience this wave of new ideas/topics/tech that feel completely foreign to us? Obviously they wouldn’t be the same set, but are they there? Elvis was taboo at one point because of his music and dancing. Did the change in the music scene and how “the kids” were interacting at that point cause as much distress to older generations as Olivia experiences while navigating her life after her husband’s death?
Since I’m only 31, I really don’t know the answer… at least I won’t for another 30-40 years. Even then, will I truly have an answer? Maybe things will feel totally different, but will the shift have been as significant as it is right now? Mind you, I think a lot of the changes occurring/topics being shoved in the spotlight right now are important, but will there be a whole new wave of equally important things to work through once I’ve doubled in age?
What do you think? I’d love to hear your thoughts. Maybe you’ll help me break out of this stream of consciousness. ♥