As Mellinnials enter the workforce and Boomer’s refuse to leave it Gen Xers will be squeezed from both ends, but then that seems to be our lot in life. What are you going to do, eh?
When I first read Jeff Gordinier’s book, X Saves the World, of course I was amused by his tongue-in-cheek poke at the younger generation…
“…the mellinnials, Gen Y, whose bloggy, bling-blingy birdsong of me-me-me sounds, to your beaten eardrums, a little bit like this:
Oh my God LindsayBritneyJessicaParis OMG OMG OMG OMG my boss Mr. Boring totally sucks because he told me he wouldn’t promote me after THREE MONTHS but screw him because OMG Nick + Jessica R breaking up OMG I totally need that new Fendi purse OMG did you see that episode of LagunaBeachProjectRunwayAmericanIdol SO SO AMAZING anyway I don’t care about Mr. Boring I’m gonna be CEO of Google by the time I’m 25.
…but I wasn’t nearly as inclined to bothered by the younger generation as I am by the Boomer, whose capacity to annoy seems endless. Lately, though, I’ve been coming into contact with information that is causing me to rethink my position.
For example: This blog post by a young Mellinnial cohort who is about “complete his university career” and move into the “real world” (not the MTV show, but the, you know the work place or whatever.
Initially I was irritated by this kid’s notion that his time in college was somehow a career. I got news for you kiddo, it wasn’t. Not even close. It was and education. It was supposed to be anyway. That’s it and that’ all. And isn’t that enough. But of course there was more.
Such as that fact that the dude’s blog is called “The Personal Branding” blog. I fucking hate this shit — the way Mellinnials (and they are not the only ones but it seems pervasive amongst their ilk) seem obsessed with marketing themselves, as if they were a fucking product. You are not a brand, pally. You are not a product. You’re just some punk kid with a degree and little, if any, experience so be prepared to start at the bottom and bust your ass to move up over time — and by over time I don’t mean to expect your first promotion in, like, 3 fucking months.
The blogger, name o’ David, seems to think moving back home with one’s parents is somehow unique to his generation. Wrong! Gen Xer’s practically invented boomeranging. Not that most of us wanted to. Economic conditions forced many an Xer to take up residence in their childhood bedroom or, if that room had been transformed into, oh, a den or music room or sewing room or office or whatever, into the basement or the room above the garage if you were lucky and if you were not lucky, well, the garage itself. I moved back home for a time and then moved out again. Gen Y didn’t invent this David. You might want to write that down. That’s all I’m saying.
Also, contrary to popular profiling, all Gen Xer’s do not hate their parents. I certainly do not hate mine. Perhaps thats because they are from the silent generation and not the self-centered, self-aggrandizing, solipsistic Boomer generation.
David goes on to opine:
“I don’t care about a huge salary, I want to make sure I’m happy.”
Maybe it’s just my youthful naivete, but I am intent on working for my sanity and fulfillment rather than for being a mercenary for a fat paycheque. From what I’ve seen, this is a concept that is rare among the Boomers and Gen X’ers that I know. Discussions with my millennial friends echo my thoughts on this. Gen Y believes that money follows happiness, not the other way around. I suppose time will tell.
How idealistic of you David. You must feel so pleased with yourself, not to mention morally superior to us Gen Xers, who waste our lives amassing wealth beyond belief. Yeah, right. Of course, it is easy to buy into such a concept when one is planning on living at home with one’s parents so as not to overburden one’s bank account. I don’t know the Mellinnials that you’ve been talking to ( but I’m guessing like your roommate and his girlfriend and maybe two or three other of your peeps) nor am I familiar with your research into the earning habits of Gen Xers but I’m going to go ahead and guess that it isn’t very significant. In any case, my own personal experience, which I’m guessing surpasses your own by a wee bit, plus my discussions with and observations of my Gen X brothers and sisters over the past decade or so suggest that your assertion is as you suspect naive, not to mention asinine.
It is worth noting that David fails to define “huge salary.” One would be interested in the number he quotes now and, say, a few years after he actually moves out from under Mommy’s apron and actually has to pays his own way.
But David is optimistic:
Apparently, it’s common for graduates to think that they will soon take over the world. Then, the weight of said world crushes them and they sober to the cold reality of life.
We’ll see. I’m still pretty optimistic after some grim X’er conversations. I think I’ll be a little more upbeat when a Gen Z’er comes along and asks me out for a cup of coffee.
Wow. What an amazing realization you’ve come to. Kudos to you, David. Kudos to you! And good luck paying the bills with that whole look on the sunny side of life.
Yeah. I know. I’m just some bitter, cranky, aging Gen Xer’s whose pissed that the world is passing me by. That may be so, but that doesn’t mean I, and the Gen Xer’s you been so kind to talk with David, don’t have anything to teach you. You might well remember that as your begin the amazing journey that is your life in the real world. Oh, gosh. I think I’m going to cry.