As Time Goes By an Introduction.
A warm welcome to my website.
Sitting back, thinking about the discoveries we read about and experience every day in the news, the changes and developments over the last couple of centuries are phenomenal. As time goes by one think, what next, is there still something new to discover? Outer Space has already been explored.
My parents were born very early in the previous century. During their lifetime they witnessed the appearance of so many magnificent inventions, happenings and discoveries.
To name a few the first car the Model T Ford, the Great Depression, lived through both world wars, the flying of the first aircraft, Boeing and many spaceships thereafter, experienced the landing on the moon, the first kidney and heart transplants, the microwave and into the next century to witness the tragedy of 911.
New discoveries and events have marked the timeline and they witnessed it all.
Photo of my parents Willie and Mien Kok
The ending of the second world war marked the beginning of my lifetime. Growing up and growing old it was a privilege to witness so many events and discoveries. Rock and Roll and Elvis Presley was a game-changer for young people, from silent movies, Cinerama, and using virtual reality techniques today when making new movies, electronics, the digital age with Silicone Valley, cell phones, Internet, Google, cuber games even Tesla solar-powered cars to name a few.
This is all about lifestyle and habit changes of people and societies that came with all the developments over the past few decades. Changes in political, social and family lives were inevitable, therefore, it is hard to find honest and sincere people, in other words, people with integrity.
Most people have a self-centred image and mission to maintain because to fit into society and are afraid to be themselves. It is essential, for they might not be accepted. There are wonderful selfless people around that still makes it all worthwhile.
We lived very different lives years ago as young adults, we grew up so different form today’s lifestyle.
It has changed from warm caring communities to a clinical impersonal cold competitive world with disconnected societies. Even the way we eat has changed dramatically, from wholesome natural food to genetically modified synthetic products, one hardly can call food.
All is not bad though, there are many advantages that came with the new millennium. Greater choices in almost everything, just think about commerce, the world has become a very small place because of new technology.
With these letters to my Granddaughter, I would love to give the generations of the New Century, a glimpse of an era gone by. The good old days as they say, where all was natural from food, friendships business and societies.
Most habits can still be successfully implemented today, as a matter of fact, it will counterbalance the new manipulative ways of modern society because basic values never change, it only gets neglected and forgotten.
Distance yourself, leave the flock of sheep walking the streets behind to become a free thinker and uniquely you. Set your standards high and follow your values. The new life a young person enters after leaving school or college is so different from the closed communities they grew up and study in.
These letters make an effort to assist in the transition and make life great. I once heard this saying about the big world out there … “Dog eats Dog and if you are not careful you will get swallowed!”
Guiding and motivating young adults to develop a strong stable personality. To have confidence and self-esteem for a better future and to build healthy happy relationships.
The letters are by no means professional advice, but personal experience and knowledge gain by curiosity, beginning with self-development and relationships, then branch out to add practical housekeeping and easy recipes when cooking, all still in the making, makes life easier for young couples in their hectic everyday schedule, inspiring them to live a happy and successful life.
This symbolizes a place of information for all and everything needed to be the best you can be. Questions, requests and suggestions will be greatly appreciated and can be added in the comment section below every letter and we will find the answers. Relationships are the most important to discuss. It is the core of one’s happiness and success.
My granddaughter with her cat
I have only one granddaughter, therefore, the letters are addressed to her. The letters could easily have been addressed to my Grandson too, it attends to life’s lessons they both will encounter.
Guiding and at the same time give insight to those days and how life was lived, however it is meant to highlight changes as time goes by.
I want the legacy of my parents and what they have taught me to continue and not get lost and be forgotten.
Read these letters with an open mind. Feel free to comment and agree or disagree. It will be very interesting to hear your opinions, suggestions, and experiences.
Take from it what you need, apply and live a better life. Be Successful and most of all Happy.
Fulfil your dreams and goals with the help of old-world glory.