I am many things that America has been in my time. I had enough sense to keep moving, learning, growing. And I have never reviled or turned my back on the things I grew out of...and my Muse has grown out of the mulch of good, bad and indifferent. (Ray Bradbury, The Writer Archive 4/2008)
Yes, we are all a product of our time and place but what I love about this quote is that it reminds us that it's okay. It's okay that we are an amalgam of ebooks and reality TV and political vitriol, that we listened to disco and rap and Big Band music, that we wore leg warmers and mullets and friendship bracelets. It's okay that we screamed with joy, cried from pure happiness, celebrated both the expected and the unexpected, that we suffered through heartbreak and grief and depression.
Let's not turn our backs on any of it. Sure, we can laugh at old photos and we can hesitate over new technology but let's not "revile"any of it. It's all a part of us, or about to become a part of us. Who we were is who we are, and somehow our writing shows that. No matter what we write - poems, lyrics, scripts - no matter the genre - sci-fi, horror, literary - pieces of us are always hunkered down among the paragraphs, sprinkled between the lines, or peering up from carefully crafted words designed (subconsciously, maybe) to tell more than the story that's on the page.