I read another article this weekend (The Kids Are Actually Sort of Alright) that got me thinking. I considered not posting anything about it and boycotting reading controversial topics – but who I am kidding? I love this kinda stuff.
Here’s MY recap of the article: Young 20-something millennials are struggling fitting into the real world after college and dealing with debt and unemployment. And they think the world owes them because their teachers and parents told them they were all special. And they’re not. Boo-hoo.
My first thought: Ummm…so what? This just isn’t a generational problem! It’s called life. Welcome to it!
Then I continued to think about this (while running – which is always scary) and it irked me even more. I don’t know when I became such a lame, rational, adult who said things like “When I was growing up things were different”, but I have arrived. It’s cold and dark and scary here. HELP!
I get that it’s scary to graduate and not know where you life is going — but to say finding a job after you graduate from school is any different than it was 10-20-30 years ago is ridiculous. The difference is there are too many things young graduates feel they deserve, too many expectations they have about how the world is supposed to treat them.
I feel like there is such an amazing difference between a 23-year old today compared to my 23-year old self 10 years ago, but I can’t exactly put my finger on it. Or maybe the version of my 23 year-old self is skewed. I feel like I had drive. I wanted to live independently. I worked 3 jobs to get through grad school (as well as taking out a butt ton of student loans). My friends did the same. Today? I meet young adults who at age 22 are working their first job, are living at home, and have every single new electronic gadget under the sun. Who don’t have any idea what they want to be and are OK living like that. It just baffles me. What is this??
There are ALWAYS exceptions to this, of course, and I’m not aiming to offend anyone whois categorized (stereotyped?) in the Gen Y/Millenial generation. It’s just something you start noticing when you get old(er) and grow up.
THEN I read this article and laughed. And admittedly felt a little better. But then, just felt sad.
I realized that this stuff never goes away. That each generation thinks THEY are something special and that these things ONLY happen to them. And that I should stop ranting and whining, and go watch Reality Bites again (how weird is it that Ben Stiller directed this movie?).
I should also figure out which generation I am actually part of. Officially, it’s X (born in 1978 – right on the cusp!), but there are some things I can’t relate to — and you’re saying I was born in a completely different generation than my brothers??? That’s…odd.
What generation are you part of? Which side of the story do you relate to? What baffles you about your generation? Or mine?