To drink drink drink drink drink, smoke pot, drink, have sex, and hate anyone whose differnet than you. We're entitled to everything except those that require effort. We're faced with some of the biggest challenges in history but we're too lazy to do anything other than sign an online petition.
Well I am 20 (almost 21), so I am at the tail end of this group. What I would say is, there is a lot expected of us. The older generations are itching to pass on the torch to us and have us fix all the problems in the world. I am a little neverous about this because it seems like their expectations of us are a little too high.
This past weekend, I went to the NCUR (national conference for undergraduate research) in Missoula, MT. There were many speakers there, but the one that stood out alot to me was a speech given by the governer of Montana, Brian Schweitzer. Let me say first of all that he gives really really good speeches. He brought up early on that it is often said the "greatest generation" was the people who were young durring WWII. They had to fight through some of the hardest times, and live just so they could work for others to save what they held dear to them. He then switched gears, and said that the greatest generation, was actually mine. We have the greatest challenge to face yet; energy. Independent of global warming, and the environmental impacts of fossil fuels, they are running out, and they will be gone shortly. It is our generations responsibillity to totally recreate how we use, save, and pass on energy.
We also have quite a lot of social changes going on throughout the world. Countries are on the edge, ready to snap, all because of sociopolitical reasons. We have to solve this, whether it is to fight, or disarm, or ignore. It's unknown what to do.
There is a lot expected of us, and we are being told we are going to slow as it is. It's a lot of pressure.
My quote is a reflection of what I see around me it will not doom it will inform. I live in a place where we are averaging 3 shootings a day, the local high school has a 63% graduation rate, and we're dropping out of college in record numbers. From what I can gather from those around me, (like BB said) they completely lack personal direction, because of this most are throwing their hands up and saying 'screw it' but are still expecting the problems to be solved. II'm sorry I don't agree with this at all. To assume everyone is like this will doom us from the start. Yes not everyone in our generation is a shining star, but every generation is like that. To assume just because a large portion of them fit this bill, nothing will come of it, is a huge folly.
So, how do you acknowledge and work through the challenges while fighting the stereotypes associated with this age group?
My mom gives me that creepy look whenever I play with babies and asks me when she can be a grandma but I ignore her or tell her she also has a son and to put her faith in him for grandkids.
Other than that, I'm your typical North American Scum. Still in college, after years and years of screwing up and switching majors half a dozen times.. Working multiple jobs just to pay the bills and only very occasionally going out for a beer with friends, though being too terrified to have more than one because a DUI could completely knock my world off axis.
What does it mean to be a 20 something? That I'm just beginning to work on building my own life, and it's a very fragile process. I worry about being homeless and going insane a lot.
Or maybe none of that is typical, and I'm just neurotic..
this exactlyTo drink drink drink drink drink, smoke pot, drink, have sex, and hate anyone whose differnet than you. We're entitled to everything except those that require effort. We're faced with some of the biggest challenges in history but we're too lazy to do anything other than sign an online petition.
I struggle with finding something to believe. Whatever it ends up being it'll be something I find on my own and pass along later.We're too old to be kids and too young to be where we want as adults.