Wednesday, December 22, 2010

Neither Here Nor There

I love movies and TV shows set in other time periods. Like Mad Men in all its 1960s splendor. Gone With the Wind and the Antebellum south. Shakespeare in Love and Elizabeth, set in the 1500s. Anything involving Jane Austen.

I always wonder what it would have been like back then. What I would have been like back then. I mean, given my family history, I probably wouldn't have been much. As far as I know, my family's never been one with oodles of money. I imagine myself in a beautiful Regency home in a Jane Austen novel—and then realize that I'd probably be the chamber maid and not a suitable match for anyone. *sigh* A girl can dream.

More than what my station would have been like, I often think about what my mindset might have been. I've always been pretty straight-laced, so the 60s most likely wouldn't have found me as a hippie or the like. But what would my ideas on civil rights have been? I'd like to think I'd have been on the side of equality, but maybe I'd have been a scared sheep who was afraid to talk about it or confront the injustices of the time. Difficult to say, really.

While it's interesting to think about what might have been, the reality is that I'm here. Now. I could have been born any other time in any other place, but this is where I'm supposed to be. It's fun to think of where I might fit in those other worlds, but where do I fit in this world? This reality? The present?

I'm not sure I think of that often enough. My place in the world. How I'm supposed to make a difference. I'm not a chamber maid; I'm, well, me. I do, in fact, care about social injustice; am I doing enough to confront it?

Just things to think about.

Do you think about your possible past? What about your possible future?

1 comment:

  1. I love the time period of the early 1800s. Did a lot of research on women's lives back then, even reading some firsthand accounts of it. Oh, how I wish I had those books now!

    I came to the conclusion that I could have only survived then if I'd been in the upper class. LOL


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