I am without a doubt a part of the millennial generation, and I am more than fine with that. This generation is often defined as anyone born between 1980 and 1999; which may seem like a big time frame, but generations are usually 20 years in length. One legal principal defines one generation as 21 years. So, with my birthday falling in the 90s means that I am in this generation. My generation often gets a lot of flack for various things. We are either too entitled, too lazy, too sensitive, or just too terrible to even give an actual reason why. I completely fight against these ideas.
The problem I have right now is how the Millennial generation is viewed by other generations. It is not new for a previous generation to look down upon the new generation. New generations often bring in new ideas and disrupt the flow the of the previous one. But, it gets tiring when I see my generation portrayed in the same manor on every tv show and in every movie. My generation is always shown on their phone, being too upset over petty things, and overall not caring about anything. I believe the exact opposite to be true. While my generation is on its phone quite often, so is every generation. When I hangout with my family, which spans three generations, every person is on their phone equally. Technology has become so ingrained in life now that nobody can operate without it for too long.
I especially want to address the laziness idea. I write a lot about how I am busy all of the time because of the different things that I am working on. I haven’t written a blog post for over a month because I am working full time, going to law school, playing two sports, being in two clubs, and also trying to have a social life. However, this is normal for my generation. When we grew up we weren’t told that graduating was good enough. We weren’t able to get a job based off of our high school diploma or even our college degree. We had to have those things plus have at least five years work experience, be the president of a club, and shoot an arrow into a target 100 yards away blind folded. Surely, there are those who are not achieving the potential they could be, but at least in my experience my generation does everything in it’s power to destroy this stereotype. An article by NPR states that 34% of the millennial generation has a college degree; which is more than any other generation.
My generation is often made fun of by being called the “snowflake generation.” This means that each person is not like any other in addition to being fragile. I have been told my entire life that I can do whatever I want with my life. Nickelodeon and Disney basically screamed the idea of “be yourself.” No wonder we grew wanting to do things that interest us. Isn’t that the American dream? Living in the land of the free and being able to act freely because of it? Millennials are okay with being paid less as long as they get to do what they are passionate about. Sure, some people have what I would consider weird passions, but in America they should have the right to pursue them as long as they aren’t against the law [sorry got to have that caveat]. We have been told to be whoever and whatever we want, so don’t get mad when what some of us choose is kind of weird. Also, don’t tell us to do this and then revoke it when it’s not what you thought.
The Millennial generation is definitely not perfect, and no I don’t agree with everything we have done. We surely have a lot to learn, and I am in no way wanting to put down the older generations. We have a lot we can learn from each other. I just think that it is time for the older generations to realize that we do a lot, and we are more than the stereotypes portrayed in the media. Our generation has started civil rights movements, reimagined what social interaction means, and pushed the boundaries of online business. We are just getting started too.
“The only people to whose opinions I listen now with any respect are people much younger than myself. They seem in front of me. Life has revealed to them her latest wonder.”
― Oscar Wilde