A not very timely note

This was a blog I once wrote during my high school and early college years. I keep it around for nostalgic purposes, but it is quite obviously no longer updated. I am looking to make a more professional blog presence in the future, but I still like to look at where I was mentally at certain points in time.

- G. Jan 2013

Wednesday, March 4, 2009

"Timeless" by G.

Seasons come and go, trees wither and die while new ones poke stems through the soil, and the Jonas Brothers continue to entice preteen girls everywhere while the rest of us groan in agony. Yes, another day passes in this mad, mad world. But even as life moves on, there are some things that don't change. Different objects, places and people; things that have proven themselves worthy of being timeless.

What makes something timeless? Why do we keep our national monuments instead of using them for scrap metal? Why is a smile recognized anywhere? Why do movies like "Star Wars" or "The Godfather" continue to hold a place in our minds, while most movies today go through one ear and come out the other? To be timeless is to be valued; valued in a way that you can't tarnish with age. Heroism is a good example; it's timeless because people have always admired a hero for their bravery and valor. But why am I talking about the idea of being "Timeless"? Because the Timeless provide lessons that will always be relevant, no matter what year it is.

The most well known and famous people throughout history, they could be considered Timeless. Traits like bravery and honesty aren't fads that pass on like a certain hairstyle would. Someone, like George Washington for instance, still lives in the history books because of his role in founding our nation. So why is the idea of being Timeless important? Because it's something that people should strive for. To make their own imprint on society that won't be forgotten. To gain skills and character traits that are universal. People who are followers are only as much as what the spirit and fads of the times lets them be. If we are able to stand on our own two feet, and be outside of the infulence of what's temporary, then you will become timeless.

We will always be somewhat of a product of the times we live in. But if you craft a solid sense of self that exists outside of this loop, then you could become someone who will be admired many decades into the future, no matter how much the world had changed. There's a reason why history takes only one side. Only the winners, the most capable, and the most worthy get to take first place in humanity's biography.

The admirable ones that made a difference continue to live on in books and writings and in the minds of those who remember them. The ones who sit and become one with the crowd will be chained to their time, and eventually pass on with the wind.

So what would you consider to be Timeless? Do tell.


G. said...

Any thoughts on this people?

Anonymous said...

They have to leave some sort of social impact I believe, and relevance to the current generation. There are many figures from the before the 1700s, who while still quoted have lost relevance to modern society.

Alot of it goes along with national identity too. There are some who have international recognition, but always find the greatest reception from their origin. Maybe they saved the country from ruin. Maybe the founded the country. Maybe they made a sacrifice which wasn't appreciated until much later, which is sometimes the case with a great deal of famous figures.