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Join Date: Jun 2010
Location: pa, juniata county
"back in the day"
As a father and grandfather I've been guilty of spinning a yarn or two to my children and grandchildren. The " when I was a boy"...or.. "back in the day"...or.."i used to have to". You know walk to school 10 miles up hill through 3' of snow.
Such tales are often embellished with a bit of exaggeration thrown in, yet in every tale there is a element of truth. Truth is as generations passed things got woefully easier.
I recently read some accounts about Ben Lilly the famous lion and bear hunter, and trapper. Roosevelt once hired him as a guide and described him as a lean man of incredible endurance and woodmanship.
He wrote how lilly just suddenly appeared in camp out of the thick woods on foot. It was raining and he had no raincoat just the clothes he wore. He had not eaten in 24 hrs, and had spent the night perched in a tree like a wild turkey because the ground was to wet to lie on.lol...Can you imagine! now that's a...."back in the day" story.
Other accounts describe Lilly as a man of endurance well past what by today's standards would be considered "in his prime" records show lilly was around 50 yrs old when he set off into the wilderness and Abandonded his life with society.
I sometimes marvel at the ability's the American Indians had to survive in the wild. Let's face it there were no Bass pro's or Cabelas to gear up at.
And tough!...We are extremely soft in comparison.
Sitting bull before going to battle with Custer performed what is called a sun dance ritual. While sitting still pieces of flesh was carved from his arms and offered to the great spirit a symbol of a giving of himself. His arms ran red with blood, afterward he danced for 2 days before collapsing. Considering we have a tough time sitting still for 4 hrs in our loggy treestand I'd say that's a "back in the day" story.
Sometimes it does us good to sit back and take stock in the paths we choose and our motives. Things are quite a bit different than "back in the day"
I don't think I want to go back to some of those things, but I certainly think we lost a few things along the way that might have been good to hang onto.
Sometimes in our pursuit of better and "easier" we lose a bit of perseverance, determination, and our ability to excel based on our efforts.
Crutches make walking easier, but sometimes its better to endure a little hardship, tough it out, and learn to walk.