The Misunderstood Millennials
Millennials get a lot flak. Apparently we're all lazy and self obsessed. And although this may be true, that is just a part of human nature and not significantly linked to just millennials, Gen X, we see you on social media, too. Also, most of you raised us.
Millennials (Born between 1980-2000). When you say Millennials, you're not talking about the 1980's Millennial. We don't fit anywhere...remember, we grew up playing Oregon Trail, making money from lemonade stands, and riding our bikes around town. Social media didn't exist. We actually had to dial a home phone and hope our friend answered. We aren't the ones you're talking about. We are the misfits of our generation and we hate when you judge us.
The internet has become a place where we all share the best parts of our life and leave out the mess. In the long run, we are all just searching for happiness and trying to leave our mark in the world. We all want to be remembered for something inspirational. Why is this so bad? Why does this make us self obsessed? We watched our parents struggle or get laid off after 30 years at the same job, we got ourselves into unbearable student loan debt and we work for employers who could truly not care whether we are happy. Many of us our living with our parents, not because we are lazy, but because we cannot afford life. We're jealous of the Millennials on Instagram and YouTube accounts with 100K+ followers because that's how they make their money, it's not that we like ourselves that much, we just want to make a living without having to work for someone else.
Each generation has lived through some pretty rough times throughout history, but because of the media and how accessible information has become, Millennials have the most tortured souls. We're just trying to find something that makes us happy because death is inevitable. We were the ones that watched the towers fall at very influential ages. We are always watching our backs. We don't want to spend countless hours working for the big man just to walk into a movie theater, bar or office to get gunned down. Sorry. Call that selfish...but we are ready to leave that American dream behind in the dust. It obviously didn't work and the other half of our generation figured that out before us and we are very upset.