Millennials are defined at those who were born between 1984 and 2004. They are described at permanent children. They are demanding and narcissistic, they are hard to manage. They are the most educated generation, and because of that have the highest amount of debt. According to older generations millennials are spoiled and don’t contribute enough, they are lazy, and entitled.
According to my birth date in 1989 I am one of these supposed spoiled millennial, though I have to admit that I don’t feel as tho I relate to much of the millennial typical experiences. It could just be my geography. Living in the middle of rural Manitoba, so far north that we get the shit end of the stick on things like healthcare, but not far enough north to be considered “north”, really limits things like the speed of our internet. Back in the 90’s not everyone here had a computer, the kids who had one were so lucky, but I never grew up with a computer. Which is a take away from my experience as a millennial.
I am scrolling thru my Facebook feed when all of a sudden there it is, some hilarious meme that says “Dear Millennials, welcome to life. That participation medal you got as a kid doesn’t work here.” A few weeks later Dr Phil has a 20 something year old still living at home on his show, and he’s complaining about millennials. I am over it.
I agree. There are a few people my age who are closing in on thirty still living at home, my alcoholic uncle also moves home every couple years or so too, and he’s almost fifty, I would say both are equal losers, but only one of them are reliable and have a good full time job. Just saying. There are always lazy people. There are always people whose parents hand them everything. There are always the ones who take more than their fair share. Yes, I have a problem with these people, and yes, I believe anyone could change and make their life better at any point. As millennials we can only blame bad parenting and bad economy for so long, before it become obvious that we are just being lazy, self entitled mooches.
However, my problem lies with the generation complaining about us. Again I don’t identify with the millennial experience at all, but as a mother and an aunt I can also see it from their side. The generation of middle aged to senior adults complaining about the youth is what really grinds my gears. Complaining about the fact that we got medals for participation (something I never got by the way). Complaining that we are entitled, and complaining that don’t work hard enough.
SLOW DOWN. We are YOUR handy work. I know I didn’t raise myself, and I am assuming neither did most of the rest of my generation. If you are more than fifteen years older than me, then you were part of my upbringing. The millennials all had moms and dads and grandparents. We all had teachers and babysitters, and aunts and uncles and mentors. You all raised us and now you bitching and complaining that we turned out exactly how you brought us up. Sounds a lot like the woman who orders the chicken burger and gets it to realize that its breaded, which it clearly states in the menu, and then insists that I fucked up the order and this isn’t what she wanted because she’s dieting. As far as I know, eight year olds are not giving participation medals to themselves. Parents were the ones who told their children they could be anything they wanted, and then scoffed when your kid grew up to believe you. I don’t personally know any child that would rather get a job and pay for their own things, if the other option involves asking for it and it being bought for them.
Every adult that I know is standing around complaining about participation medals, but why didn’t you say anything to the coach when they were handing them out? Grandparents, this involves you too. Did you not watch little Johnny’s soccer game? You are equally responsible for the health and well being of this child as anyone else. I’m not trying to fault an entire generation here, I’m sure you raised us the best you knew how, as we are also trying to do with our kids, all I’m saying is quit complaining.
You want us to quit being so entitled? Start saying no. You want us to get jobs and move out of your basements? Quit making it so easy for us to stay there. You’re sick of us getting participation medals? Quit giving them to us. We ended up exactly like the rest of the generations in front of us and how the rest of the generations behind us will end up, exactly how we are raised? You want better generations leading your country in 25 years? Start raising better kids!
So to sum up using a tweet from @kashanacauley “A Millennial is any young person you don’t like.”