A conversation I had this weekend with family members spanning three generations has got me wondering about days gone by and how we remember the past.
Much is made of decades gone past being safer, we all seem to remember a time when our neighbourhoods were more friendly and we knew people better, when we would leave the door on the latch, children would play out and neighbours were good friends.
It seems that today close-knit communities could be a thing of the past in certain areas of the country and older sections of society in particular are reporting they feel isolated and even scared to go out.
I wonder if society has fundamentally changed, is the world really a more dangerous place, or whether it could be down to the ageing process that we feel less inclined to get to know the people we live near.
As we get older does the world seem a little less friendly? Is it a case of life’s bad experiences mounting up as we mature and knocking our confidence?
Do you feel part of your local community? As much as you used to when you were younger?
Do you think being older makes it harder to get to know the people you live near?
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