I finally get it. I just had the biggest aha moment. Millennials have always mystified me. As a deep thinker, I just couldn’t seem to grasp how they think.
I never understood a millennial. I just passed them off as entitled and angry for no apparent reason. Well, that’s kinda true. I mean why they so mad??!?
But it just came to me that they were born to dismantle the system. All of the systems designed to feed capitalism and oppression. They ain’t putting up with no isms. No racism, no sexism, classism, no phobias and no controls of any kind. They are truly the hopes of the hippie generation manifested.
Think about it. They have no loyalty to corporate America, yet they make more money than we did at that age. They have no problem living at home past 18, we were in a hurry to leave. They are not getting married, we dreamed about Prince Charming.
They are not interested in the whole idea of the American Dream because they have dreams too. And they don’t wait to go for them. I mean some these kids are becoming millionaires before 30. And they see the world as their friend.
Everything that we hold dear they think is just stupid. They have created their own language through hashtags, emojis in a
140 characters. And why dress up when your job happens to be on your couch. Hashtag laptop life. Hashtag pants-free lifestyle.
For them the ideas we were raised on completely escape them. So instead of conformity and assimilation, they just do what they want when they want. Cause they can.
But here is where they are lacking, life experience, historical context, and wisdom. Because they were raised by overprotective parents they never got a chance to fall and get back up on their own. They were raised in a bubble of convenience. I mean have you ever heard a millennial tell the ‘I had to walk 5 miles to school story?’ Nope….. Because their parents drove them to school. They never had a chance to fail, make mistakes or even lose because everyone got awarded.
So, unfortunately, I think that when their bubble burst they will not know how to handle the pain and pressure of it all. Hashtag it gets better. But even with that, they are changing things in huge ways on their own terms. Our job now is to teach them how life happens and to share our wisdom with that they can learn to get back up when they fall….. and let them fall.
It’s time to pull them in and let them understand the power of resilience and failing. It’s not too late to tell them how hard you had it. Because the bad part of us generation x’rs is that we have perfection issues. We want everything to look perfect…(but that’s another conversation)
Whelp, I finally get them and I have a whole new appreciation for millennials. And I hope they continue to dismantle these antiquated oppressive systems but also learn that the things we hold dear are not all bad.
(Things I think about when I should be asleep. You’re welcome! Monica Wisdom)