There’s plenty of blogs online that will satisfy every reader under the sun. There’s blogs about politics, saving money, crazy travel adventures, blogs for mommies and blogs about doggies.
Now, every blog has to have a theme, so I’ll focus on issues that face Millennials (those born between 1983 and 1995). Now before you older folks decide to turn off the computer and forget you ever landed on this page, I think you’ll appreciate the perspective. As a Millennial, I think it’s important to consider what motivates people in my generation and also understand context and the hand my generation has been dealt.
Some have “blamed” Millennials for the election of President Obama due to the incredibly high turnout of young people that went to the polls in 2008. Others blame Millennials for a crummy economy and having high unemployment among the generation, the most common slur aimed at Millennials is to call the entire generation lazy, misinformed, entitled and simply lacking in life experience.
These same people who argue that Millennials are lazy fail to recognize how we entered the world during an incredible economic boom through the ‘80s and ‘90s. The Internet began making its debut in private life and subsequently transformed the economy. Our world was rocked on 9/11, and many of our friends and family joined the military to ensure our country remained safe from terrorists. We were told that college would be a gateway to success and that we could be anything we wanted to be, but after completing school we were scoffed at for our philosophy degrees and said it was no wonder we can’t find employment since we followed our passion.
Now I’m not here to complain, I agree with some of the assessments of Millennials. Some in my generation are lazy, but it’s not our fault we were born into a bad economy. It’s not our fault that the economy tanked in 2008 and people aren’t retiring, forcing us to take jobs that we’re overqualified for our stay in those jobs longer than preceding generations.
So this blog is about the life of a Millennial. You may not understand it, the words might not resonate with you, but it’s how I see the world. As many of my friends and family are getting married, buying house, and starting families we’re encountering these challenges and new phases of life together. I can’t promise you this blog will be life changing or even interesting, but I think we have a story that deserves to be told. Be it a political insight or perspective, a little adventure Jessi and I took on a whim, or enjoying the simple things in life like just going for a drive and eating take-out Chinese food from the sketchy place down the street, I’ll try to be interesting and fun.