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!
I saw this meme on Facebook and it reminded me of the recent “twitter war” between the baby boomers and millennials. If you haven’t heard of it here’s a quick synopsis: the baby boomers started the hashtag #HowToConfuseAMillennial to rant on the ignorance/laziness of Millennials, but Millennials soon hijacked the hashtag by tweeting about how Baby Boomers ruined the economy, etc. and expect Millennials to accomplish the same achievements. This article probably provides a better synopsis than I did.
This meme got me thinking: did this sense of entitlement begin with Millennials being raised in the age of technology – where everything is instantaneous, or did it begin with the Baby Boomers giving their children everything they didn’t have because they know what it feels like to go without.
I mean, if someone didn’t grow up with a walkman how can you claim ignorance if they really don’t know what it is or used for? My grandmother hadn’t the slightest idea how to use a telephone when she first saw one, yet no one made fun of her for that!
What really came first, the chicken who wanted a better life for the egg then gets mad because the egg is not like him, or the egg who’s used to having everything and feels entitled to what it gets?
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!