Gone are the times when we had to stand before each and every elder that crossed paths with us…..and MAKE SURE that we exchanged greetings with them…..
Gone are the times when we had to write a letter, to a neighbor that lived about 10 kilometres from us and had to wait 6 months, for a reply.
Gone are the times when we had to nod our heads in the horizontal format, to ALL of societal demands and most especially, those of our parents and families of origin.
Gone are the days when sitting with your legs apart meant a curse to whoever was sitting before you! Such an omen.
Gone are the times when your academic papers did the speaking for you, as far as jobs and a good life, went.
Gone are the days when only the rich had the privilege of owning a telephone and a mobile phone was a necessary scarcity.
Gone are the days when guns were a scary-item at Musa’s shop.
Gone are the days when moving alone at night was totally forbidden….either by the government or your parents or the community.
Gone are the days when we would sit around bon-fires and listen to folk-tales from our Jjaajas
Gone are the days when it was really prestigious to don a suit
Gone are the days when it would make news all over the village that you were seen driving a car…..how about owning one? We would literally sweep the way you walked on, with our tongues.
Gone are the days when having a laptop in your bag would summon all the security there was, to search you THOROUGHLY.
Gone are the days when staying locked inside your house and home, was considered a very good practice, for a child, by their parent.
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Gone are the days when it was total chaos, in Uganda, as soon as someone heard of the word, “graduated tax”.
Gone are the days when a wedding ceremony cost you 600 Uganda shillings.
Gone are the days when honesty was paraded on our foreheads as our jewel that made us stand out.
Gone are the days when owning a radio was considered so special and only for those with the money for battery cells.
Gone are the days when owning a passport could literally get you on the next plane to the Brussels.
Gone are the days of donning dreadlocks and you became a dangerous criminal instantly.
Gone are the days when owning anything in gold form, was considered an international crime.
Gone are the times when everyone had to stick to one particular dress-code, for us all looked good, that way!
Gone are the days when you were instantly martyred simply because you wore your Rosary and Scapula.
Gone are the days when your Surname actually meant something in your society
Gone are the days when being a public servant meant something and held some very heavy water.
Gone are the days when divorce was something dreaded, so much.
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THOSE WERE THE TIMES…
These days…..eeeeehhhhhhh…. some people would even say that byareema!
It’s like, we the youth, decided to rewrite our rules of living our lives.
We don’t want anything to do with those olden days anymore.
Anything that’s not of our times is frowned upon and considered irrelevant to our ages.
We strive to be more accommodating of everyone, in their respective capacities.
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Our days have so much hate and dislike, than it used to be in the olden days
These days, you just can’t pluck someone’s banana without having the cops hot on your heels.
These are the times where we have all the power we need and not, in the palm of our hands but we haven’t even bothered to find out, about it and it’s potential.
Do you see the difference between “the Times”?
Peace, Love and Unity
Hey Peter. Thank you for appreciating.
Thank you, Sheila, for appreciating.
I like this…indeed, gone are the times.
However, I don’t think the youth have had a hand in that though
Hhhhhhmmmmmm… I think not.
This is powerful powerful stuff. Keep on bringing these messages!
I’m glad for some of those “gone are the times of”. I hope people continue to progress in a positive direction.
Times are changing indeed. And I’m glad it’s usually for the best 🙂
Wow. Really powerful words my friend. Times are well and truly changing, that’s for sure. Keep up the great work 👍
Those times. I miss old times and my childhood times. Gone are the times when kids are just happy playing with other kids and not holding smartphones
Eileen M Loya
I can relate. There are some positivity in the norms of those years gone by and I am happy that the youth right now are empowered and strive to make their mark in the world.
Such a thought-provoking article. There’s clearly a difference between “the Times” and unfortunately, not all the changes have been for the good. I really hope we’ll learn from the past.
Well, I’m not sure we will be able to live these old days. What wonderful words. Thank you for sharing!
Change in inevitable but it’s not always good. We just have to be our best selves and encourage others to follow suit.
Every generations seems to say times are so different. I see how fast things change between generations, that is for sure.
Things have definitely changed so much over the years, even just the past few decades. I think it is always a big adjustment, both for the good and bad.
khoingn | The Broad Life
Really nice post. It brings to me interesting thoughts after reading it.
So many things have changed over the decades, and while some of them aren’t great, some of them are very good, indeed. Love this post.
Ah, yes! Gone are the times. Change is inevitable for the good and the bad.
reading this reminds me of how much I miss my friends. somehow, we lost in touch. but hey! life must go on yes?
Ivan Carlo Jose
I miss the old times, too. The time of my childhood as well as my growing up years. I miss the 90s and how simple life was back then. No toxicity and no social media stress.
Its amazing how much time has changed just since I was born! I miss the old days.
👍👏🏿 don’t we all?
Thanks for sharing this article, the past truly brings with it good and bad times. And while those days were over, I am glad it molded you to be who you are now.
Things are always changing, some for the better and some worse. I definitely see the difference to how things were when I was a young child.
I feel like this is something we can all relate to.
Yes, I see the difference. I’m both excited for and anxious for my kids. A lot of the mindset of the young, I find good and progressive, some worry me. Boundaries are there for a reason, and mostly to protect society.
Such an awesome article, it’s very worth reading. It opens our minds to the reality of life. Gone are the days and we should cherish every moment as it’s last. Loved it!
Hey. This is avery good article. Yes gone are the days.. We almost approach life in another new dimension.