You might be going "Wait! Where's Day 8?"
It was one I wasn't looking forward to doing as it was about books I've read and I haven't read in a while. Besides it was Mother's Day so I have a valid reason for skipping it.
Day Nine's Challenge is:
"Your Feelings on Ageism"
Ageism is stereotyping and discriminating against individuals or groups on the basis of their age
Ageism is different from other "isms" as it's not constant like racism or ableism. No one can escape ageism, we all get old and can be prey to this discrimination.
I don't think it's about the jesting of "You're over the hill", or teasing a friend who's lagging "C'mon Grandpa". Some people might disagree and say that's exactly it. I feel it's more towards treating our elders with disrespect, a condescending attitude and just think they're incompetent.
Youth and even young adults forget that our elders survived WWII, the Great Depression, the Korean War, and Vietnam.
Even those in our 40's and 50's have survived a lot more than today's kids: no car seats; no bicycle helmets; corporal punishment at home and at school; and if we got in trouble, it was our fault and our parents sided with the teachers or the law.
We played on hot metal playgrounds, had BB guns, dared each other to ride our bikes down hills without brakes, and played Lawn Darts! If we didn't make a Sports team, that was okay, we learned to live with the disappointment. We didn't have video games, 200+ channels, or even Google!
So all you youths needing "safe zones", constant praise and verification, and wanting free stuff - Suck it up Buttercups! Get your asses out there and work for it like we all have done!
So what do I think of ageism? There'd be a lot less of it if today's youth learned respect, integrity, accountability, and the value of hard work.