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Born at the wrong time in history?

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gillybeanz Sun 17-Dec-17 15:00:28

Does anyone feel as though their hobbies, personality, likes and dislikes belong in another era.

I have often thought that I'd have suited being a young woman in the thirties, I love the music of that time and know I'd have enjoyed working in the swinging Jazz clubs.

My dd said she wished she'd grown up in the 70's when the music on tv was much better, she hates x factor/ BGT and any programmes on now.
She loves "The King Singers" and programmes with good music.

Camomila Sun 17-Dec-17 15:05:06

There’s plenty of good things about 2017 but...

In my fantasy life I live just after WW2 and am married to a country doctor or vicar with a big slightly ramshackle house, a brood of DC and chickens at the bottom of the garden smile

I spent my days in wellies and floral dresses and devote my time to ‘local good causes’

ChrisPrattsFace Sun 17-Dec-17 15:05:34

I really really wish I grew up in the 40/50s - however I only know what I have read and learnt about so it probably isn’t how I imagine it!

Trills Sun 17-Dec-17 15:08:11

I don't think I'd have fancied being born at a time before antibiotics were available and when it was legally permissible for a man to rape his wife, so no thanks.

DancesWithOtters Sun 17-Dec-17 15:09:37

I faint really easily if I get hot, stressed or overwhelmed. I would have been considered a delicate lady of refinement in the 1850s.

Now people think I'm a junkie or that I'm pissed.

Trills Sun 17-Dec-17 15:09:55

Chances are that you have much more power now to shape your life in a way that means you can pursue the hobbies you like and listen to the music you like and do so while being safe and healthy and decently fed and not suffering from abuse.

Trills Sun 17-Dec-17 15:12:06

If I'm allowed to put myself in the past in a family that is in the top 1% wealth-wise, and unusually permissive regarding women's roles, I'd consider visiting, but I'd still want to come home to 2017 the minute I got a toothache or a minor injury or wanted to have a child.

Heratnumber7 Sun 17-Dec-17 15:13:07

I quite enjoy central heating, washing machines, cheap air travel equality almost between men and women, free health care, education up to 18, sat navs, the World Wide Web, etc etc
So it's 2017 for me.

CanIBuffalo Sun 17-Dec-17 15:13:21

There are periods in history that resonate with me but as a woman I'm extremely grateful to be living now. I can't imagine how awful it must have been to live at a time when childhood mortality rates were higher and it was common to die in childbirth.

HanSolo Sun 17-Dec-17 15:15:22

I should have been born a long time ago, in a galaxy far, far away...

RestingGrinchFace Sun 17-Dec-17 15:18:49

Well I for one am deeply appreciative of gender equality and vaccinations crappy pop music aside.

gillybeanz Sun 17-Dec-17 15:18:55

I appreciate all the comments and agree, perhaps I should have stated in the OP, not including the negatives, just the positives of the era.

It is pure fantasy, so reality doesn't come into it.
E.g, My young woman self isn't thinking that during my perfect era there was WW 2, where I'd have lost lots of members of my family.

Battleax Sun 17-Dec-17 15:24:07

Yes, is you could pick and choose menu-style it would be lovely, wouldn't it?

Trills Sun 17-Dec-17 15:24:22

For a visit I'd like to go and play at being a Bletchley Park girl, even though I know in reality it'd be long dull shifts of drudgery with the occasional bit of excitement. It must have been more fun than the alternative for an educated middle-class woman at the time, getting a little job where one meets the right sort of man and waiting to be proposed to, whereupon you can give up your job and pop out some babies. No man wants to marry a bluestocking after all.

MmeGuillotine Sun 17-Dec-17 15:51:45

As a historian I suffer a lot of cognitive dissonance due to desperately wanting to travel back to my favourite specialist eras while at the same knowing that they would undoubtedly be pretty shit, especially for a woman.

Nonetheless, I still like to imagine myself being pulled around on a cannon with a tricolour cockade in my hair à la Thériogne de Méricourt during the French Revolution. Or being a princess at the Russian court at the end of the nineteenth century. Or pining after Prince Rupert of the Rhine during the English Civil War... grin

gillybeanz Sun 17-Dec-17 15:53:08


Yes, you can in my fantasy, any time in history, picking out the good bits grin

Alisvolatpropiis Sun 17-Dec-17 15:56:40

I’d like to see the Tudor era...but as a man. There isn’t really a point in history where I’d fancy being a woman. The 21st century is about the best it’s ever been for us.

BikeRunSki Sun 17-Dec-17 15:58:15

My mother in law really should have been on the Enigma Code team at Bletchley Park, but wasn’t born until 1944. She is a (retired) programmer though, abc helped develop s kit if mainframe software that is still in use by some large organisations. There’s also no code/Sudoku/riddle etc that she can’t crack.

Smeaton Sun 17-Dec-17 16:07:57

Every era looks good through rose tinted glasses. It every era had it's problems, lack of equality, war, disease, lack of medical knowledge etc. Even the modern era is t perfect, we have Ricky Gervais... hmm?
suddenly the Dark ages are appealing.. fgrin

mammmamia Sun 17-Dec-17 16:08:24

Your MIL sounds fascinating!

Wizzwazzwas Sun 17-Dec-17 16:10:21

2009 was quite good... Not giving up wifi and my ipad for anyone, however.

Wizzwazzwas Sun 17-Dec-17 16:10:49

Actually, no. 2012 was better. Yep, I would choose 2012.

BikeRunSki Sun 17-Dec-17 16:16:08

She can be mammmamia.

Ilovetolurk Sun 17-Dec-17 16:19:32


I like it, could you also solve village murder mysteries too? Perfect

grafittiartist Sun 17-Dec-17 16:23:49

2017 fine for me too... But. I'd be an Edwardian lady, married to a middle class man, so I'd not need to work. I'd be a suffragette and be into the new hobbies of cycling and walking. My hair is massive and frizzy, so a big top bun would suit it perfectly, and the clothes would work on me, as I'm tall and curvy. I could cycle to campaign meetings, and lobby for parks, education etc, maybe even rational dress.

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