What is an old Millennial?
According to PEW Research Center Millennials are the generation born in 1980 or after. So, by that measure I’m a Millennial. The only thing is I don’t fit the bill 100%.
I have a very vague idea of what is Snapchat / Periscope / all other social media that came into existence or popularity after Instagram? And I still can’t comprehend why these “young’uns” need ALL of them.
When did the pound sign become a hashtag?
When did smileys become emojis and what’s the difference?
I’m young enough to be optimistic about the future (like most Millennials), but old enough that I don’t expect everything instantaneously (unlike the stereotypical Millennial).
I’m young enough to appreciate seeing a Clinton run for president, enjoy the Simpsons on T.V., and at least understand why people are into Pokemon (although I’m not planning on getting into it).
I’m old enough to experience the deja vu of seeing a Clinton running for election, remember there was a time before when the Simpsons was also a current and popular T.V. show, and reminisce on the craze of playing Pokemon!
Recently it dawned on me that this is it!
As I get nearer to finishing graduate school, I realize that the majority of life’s milestone events are skewed towards early adulthood. After 25 there’s (usually) marriage, becoming parents, home ownership, and getting that dream career, for the average person.
It seems as soon as we hit middle school society has been sifting and sorting us onto different paths – what subjects do you want to study?, what are you extra-curricular activities?, what’s your college major?, what’s your career? Well I’m still asking myself some of these questions.
Let me clarify, I like my current job and I definitely wouldn’t change my degrees in economics. But while I’m becoming an economist, while I’ll probably become a parent, while I’m a wife, I still want to do more. I’d like to become an entrepreneur. I’d also like to be an author (and not just in academic journals).
I think that now I’m almost finished with school, I don’t want to close off all the other doors to what I can become in life (career wise). I don’t plan on quitting my day job to pursue these other interests, (yes, I know becoming an entrepreneur is time consuming) but I want to be successful in different disciplines.
So, I don’t think I’ll ever have it all figured out.
I have the basics down, but is that it? Don’t think so!