The Generation Y Dilemma

“Generation Y” was first coined in an Ad Age piece describing people of my generation–those of us born after 1981. There’s a weird vibe among this generation according to those who belong to generations past. We’re the Millennials. We value technology. We’re super-smart and known for our entitlement and narcissism.

That’s a nice way to consider yourself, right? It’s like we’re lumped in a category of Richy Riches waiting for our fancy machines to dress us in the morning and our technological servant toasters to make us breakfast while we browse the latest news on our MacBooks, iPads, or iPhones (yes, I have all three…).

Kitty on the newspaper

Sophisticated cats still read the newspaper.

While I resent most of what society (coughBabyBoomerscough) seems to think about “my generation,” I can’t help but feel like maybe I’m more of a typical Gen Y-er than I like to let on.

Sean and I went for a walk the other day (the weather outside in Atlanta it TOO nice to pass up right now!), and we discussed the differences between the Baby Boomer generation and our generation (it was very romantic, ha ha). I asked if he thought our generation was really the ungrateful group of entitled brats that everyone seems to think we are. And therefore, am I part of the group of ungrateful brats?

For example, people in the Baby Boomer generation and those before them were raised to work hard. A job’s a job whether you like it or not. You do fun things on your own time. The job’s just to make money.

Meanwhile, our generation is busy looking for their calling in life. We want jobs that make us feel like we’re contributing to something bigger–not fattening up someone else’s wallet. Mix that “entitled” desire with an economic recession, and we’ve got a bunch of dissatisfied Millennials on our hands!

So what’s the cure? Waiting until the “right” job comes along while holding down your barista gig at Starchucks?

I asked for decaf!

I asked for DECAF!

I found this article on overcoming stagnation (in any part of your life, really), and I thought I’d jot down a few key points that resonated with me.

When you’re feeling stuck, re-evaluate your core values.

When stagnation sets in, one of the first things you should do is make sure that your core values are in tact. This is a good time to review your principles – the way you live your life. Make sure that the values you live by are still the ones you want to continue living by.

This one is hard for me. I guess I’ve just never taken the time to sit down, think, and actually list what’s the most important to me. Sure, I’ve done it here and there, but never made a list to post on my fridge or put in my journal. It’s obvious that family is a key element in my life. Doing good things is important, but beyond that What are my core values? It’s something I need to consider!

The author of this piece also suggest redefining your goals/mission when life isn’t going how you planned.

Review your mission to make sure that it is still what you want to achieve. Make sure that your intent is in line with that mission. Sometimes our intent changes on the journey; something else becomes more important than the mission you started out to accomplish. That is also ok – just make sure that your mission still lights a fire in your belly.

We do the same thing when traffic slows down our original route. Why not approach life the same way? Remember, life’s a journey not a destination.

Pudge has reached his destination

I’ve already reached my destination.

This one is probably the hardest for some people. When you feel stuck in life, it may be because of the people you choose to be around. I’m fairly certain that if I listed all the people in my life, I could say without a doubt the vast majority are positive influences on my life.

Many times, the people we choose to hang out with is the reason we feel held back; causing stagnation in our lives. This is definitely a hard one; however, sometimes you just have to change your circle.

Breaking up with friends or distancing yourself from family members who don’t influence your life for the good can be difficult and has the potential to hurt feelings. Before drastically cutting your contact list, I’d consider trying to discuss negative attitudes or behavior with these people to see if there’s a way to keep them in your life without hurting feelings. If the discussion doesn’t fare well, cut down your time with these people, and watch how your attitude improves.

Heavy stuff, right?

I think Gen Y-ers are sometimes not given the credit they deserve. Maybe we’re just a transitional generation since we’re introducing technology that’s never been seen before. Soon, we’ll be the Baby Boomers that are talking about how future generations just don’t understand the value of a good chat session with friends at a local coffee shop when our grandchildren are all using Google Hangout to go on dates and meet their future spouses.

How we met

Oh us? We met using a computer automated system that told us we were a perfect ft for each other!

Happy Wednesday, everyone!

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2 thoughts on “The Generation Y Dilemma

  1. Did you and Sean really decide to start dating because of an online site? Regardless, 1-I just wanted to say I enjoyed this blog post a lot. 2-I checked out the stagnation article and I really liked it. Thanks for sharing! And 3-I love the pictures you post of your kitty cats. They are so freakin cute.

    1. Ha ha. No, Sean and I didn’t really meet on an online site. I’m glad you liked the article. I thought it was helpful even for people who may not be feeling stuck. And the kitties appreciate your compliments. They’re quit the attention hogs. 🙂

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