I am part of a lost generation.

And I refuse to believe that

I can change the world.

I realize this may be a shock, but

«Happiness comes from within»

Is a lie, and

«Money will make me happy»

So in thirty years, I will tell my children

They are not the most important thing in my life.

My employer will know that

I have my priorities straight because

Work

Is more important than

Family

I tell you this:

Once upon a time

Families stayed together

But this will not be true in my era.

This is a quick fix society

Experts tell me

Thirty years from now, I will be celebrating the tenth anniversary of my divorce.

I do not concede that

I will live in a country of my own making.

In the future,

Environmental destruction will be the norm.

No longer can it be said that

My peers and I care about this Earth.

It will be evident that

My generation is apathetic and lethargic.

It is foolish to presume that

There is hope.

And all of this will come true unless we reverse it.

Now read the poem in reverse, from bottom to top.

The two contrasting versions of the poem symbolise our inclination to see things in either a
positive or a negative light. And the truth is, it’s really your choice which outlook you adopt. We think we know which one’s better!

Source: ’The Lost Generation’, Jonathan Reed