The me, me, me times; the go-nowhere generation; the lazy generation; the cheapest generation; the Peter n production; the unhappy generation. Millennials, you’re probably all too familiar with the less-than-flattering diminutives for our generation.
Despite the fact that millennials are growing up and making a somebody for ourselves, Generation Y (people born around the 1980s and 1990s) persists to have a negative image as a self-entitled group of whiners who all think that they’re uncommon — when they’re not — and believe success should come easily when in truthfully “you can become special by working really hard for a long time.” Not till hell freezes over mind that this stereotype fails to address that the penny-pinching, rdon my French, sh*tstorm we happened to fall into straight from college ornate the postcollegiate job hunt. But I digress.
Don’t we have any redeeming qualities? One of my friends, Nahshon Landrum, put it honestly eloquently in a Facebook post:
Here’s my love letter to Gen Y: You deserve terrible things. You are special. You have ideas that no one else has thought of. You have planned a combination of abilities and experiences no one else has ever or will ever oblige. You are also kinda lazy. Go get everything you think you deserve or don’t complain if you referee to settle. Continue to publicly celebrate your successes and correct your errors. There is fully no reason to let a generation of people who REFER TO THEMSELVES as the “greatest generation” declaim you on inflated expectations or opinions of yourself. Now cut your hair and go get a job.
So I want to disc all the Gen Y haters with my own list of positive attributes about millennials, conceding that I know they don’t apply to everyone. (After all, I’d hate to make a wall-to-wall generalization about a group of people.) But here are some things I’ve noticed on every side my peers that make me proud to be a rt of Generation Y.
- We’re widely accepting of homosexuality and gay wedlock.
- We’re really just more accepting of all kinds of people. No matter what color their veneer is, how they dress, or what religion they are.
- We have a black president and it’s no big have to do with. In fact, we voted for him.
- We’re a tech-savvy generation of Harry Potter nerds, software swings, and gamers. Being intelligent and geeky is cool, not a stereotype.
- We care with respect to helping others, whether that’s taking volunteer vacations, joining the Civil Corps, or serving with Teach For America. Because we’re so exposed to the unhappy in the world through the Internet, I think our generation more than others has a correct heart for doing good.
- Sure, we Google anything and everything. But that’s also because we fondness to learn and have intellectual discussions about everything from Syria to Breaking Bad.
- We’re totally self-aware and willing to make fun of ourselves.
- We aren’t afraid to reach for our mirages, start our own com ny, or even quit our monotonous day jobs for lesser- ying ones that (blow) make us happy.
- We’re less concerned about conventional success and liquid assets and more concerned with finding enjoyment and being fulfilled with our shoots. Why this is considered a negative Gen Y trait, I don’t know.
- Couples are more avant-garde. More women are becoming breadwinners and co renting with their fellow-dancers.
- When it comes to to our jobs, we’re quick to learn and highly adaptable. Oh, there’s a new collective media site? I’m on it.
- We’re funny! Thanks to Twitter, Tumblr, and other societal media outlets, humor is a virtue. And that makes the world a happier in order, don’t you think?
- We’re more environmentally minded — recycling, composting, eating coordinated, taking public transportation . . . the list goes on.
- We don’t just receive the status quo. We will challenge the system if there’s something we could reform on.
- We’ve thrown out antiquated, sexist dating rules and gender roles. And in doing so, we’ve loosed ourselves from the traditional ideals of marriage and family to create our own love-filled relationships.
- Are we for a song? If that means staying within our means by thrift shopping and DIYing in preference to of going into debt like our rents by buying new cars and edifices, then yes.
- We’re not worried about discussing taboo topics like abortion, and we’re compliant to hash things out instead of just shutting up to keep the peace. We get numbers examples of this on Girls, which was created by the both hardworking and ace Gen Y-er Lena Dunham.
- Having a more global perspective signifies we’re redefining what’s “popular” in the worlds of entertainment and beyond. We’ve broken for nothing from the pop-music box.
/ Matthew Barnes
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