“It’s hard for the modern generation to understand Thoreau, who lived beside a pond but didn’t own water skis or a snorkel.” – Bill Vaughan
That about sums it up.
If you are or live with or work with a millennial you will know exactly what they are about. They think the world is their oyster and they can call the shots.
Nice work if you can get it, but for most that just ain’t the way this world works.
While every generation thinks the next one is going to hell, this one is not unique. They really do believe they are special and can write their own ticket. Where did that attitude come from?
Probably from the homes in which they grew up. Because their grandparents or great grandparents had to toil from dawn to dusk at any menial job just to feed their families, this groups’ parents wanted life to be easier for their children.
And easier they made it. They made them think they were god’s gifts on earth, bought them everything they wanted, gave them every opportunity with lessons, education, and showed them the good parts of the world. Why not come out with an inflated ego? That in itself is not a bad thing.
Why not then want everything handed to you on a silver platter?
Watch the Facebook piece titled, The Millennial’s Job Interview. While it is truly hysterical it is not off the mark.
She is not coming to work at eight o’clock. She is having her coffee at Starbucks first. No, she doesn’t have specific technology skills. The person interviewing her is not saying nice things to her, so she wants to know if she can speak to the HR person, and so on.
I have spoken with a number of people who offer jobs and they have all said that the millennials are a real trip. They want to come in, be paid top dollar, and not work hard or long. The attitude is different from other generations.
While their parents probably sacrificed in any number of areas to provide well for their families and many became professionals working hard, their children do not want to follow that path.
Now there are groups that do want to work hard and become successful in that old definition. Many are foreign born or come from poorer backgrounds and they want to get ahead.
What is good and maybe even redeeming and endearing for the millennials is that money is not their be all and end all. They want to have time for other pursuits. They appreciate nature in a new way as a group. All of this may be good for our society.
The real changes are in my areas of interest; marriage and family, and just relationships in general.
Most of the couples date for a long period of time. People aged 25 to 34 knew one another and dated an average of six and a half years. They want to be financially secure, want to develop themselves, and see the world before settling down.
They marry later; 29.5 years for men, and 27.4 years for women. They want to avoid divorce. Age does not necessarily do that, but it can contribute, especially if the individuals have matured and are responsible.
Learning how to be a partner doesn’t happen automatically; hence my work and book. Commitment is a BIG step!
When questioned for a study about 70 percent of single people stated they wanted to marry. So, marriage is not disappearing and that is necessary for any society to go on, but it is changing; perhaps for the better.
Today all sorts of diversity is accepted and today the idea of having children is carefully considered; not a mandate. Again, probably good.
Therefore, enjoy the millennials and their values and let’s see what they produce.
The hippies worked out pretty much okay in the end, and just remember what their parents thought!!
“In case you’re worried about what’s going to become of the younger generation, it’s going to grow up and start worrying about the younger generation.” – Roger Allen
Are you one of these millennials? Do you agree with this article? Do you know millennials? Do you agree with this article?