Thursday, 8 January 2015

Generation Y/The Millennials

We've all heard of Generation X, the offspring of the Baby Boomers born between the mid 60's and early 80's - for most of us, our parents. Changes in their world during their growth and development made them more open to diversity than nearly any generation that had been seen before. Now, here we stand on the cusp of adulthood, a whole different generation, with a whole different view of life - Generation Y, otherwise known as the Millennials. So what makes us different, unique? What makes us, the rapidly upcoming future of the world, anything special?

Here's the thing, we didn't see the world improve under our feet, not the way other generations believe that we did. It's true that we are probably, for the most part, more privileged than the generations that came immediately before us - the internet and mobile phones rapidly became a part of our lifestyles, for most of us information is no further than the end of our fingertips. This has allowed us to grow and develop faster, and it has also allowed us to see the horrors of the world in a way our parents might never have imagined possible when they were our age. Like many of you, I don't really recall a world before the word terrorism was logged into my brain as an all too imminent threat, I remember 9/11 but I don't recall the world before that changed it. I grew up in a world where, as a middle class, white woman I was all too aware of my privilege - and the older I get, the more I realise the power I have behind me, if I were to choose to use it.

Everywhere we look, our generation sees injustice. We see racial prejudice, sexism, terrorism - our understanding of non-binary genders and non-heterosexual sexuality goes further than the parents of those who fall into those categories. We read about suicide, homicide, rape and assault on an every day basis - we see wars and dictatorships - and this is what we were brought up on, constantly gracing our TV screens, our internet home pages, our news apps, always in the corner of our eyes. As horrible as that sounds, it has made us a generation with a voice, a generation to be reckoned with - with fire in our bellies and heads full of opinions. We have our finger on the pulse of politics and, the scary thing is? We might just have the ability to change the world, if we want it enough. 

Generation X were a complacent generation (sorry, Mum) that lived lives that left our generation with rainforests to replant, energy sources to replace, animals to repopulate, injustices gone unnoticed that now needed us to begin to undo. They weren't all bad, though. Between them all, the technology at our disposal and the education more and more of our generation around the world are allowed to claim bit by bit, they have made sure we are strong enough to do it all. So go ahead Generation X, you keep writing in to The One Show about exposed boobs, we have bigger things to campaign for, work towards and try to change. We're Generation Y, the start of a very different future, if we recognize our influence and start to use it right.

What's your experiences of being part of Generation Y?

Sammy xo.

If you liked this you might like: Growing Up A Girl

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