An older Millennial trying to embrace what makes her generation special.

Wednesday, October 17, 2018

Mission Statement

Millennials have some variance in definition, but the one I most readily accept is that we were born between 1981 and 1997. Here's why.

Blockbuster Video, bless their corporate soul, operated from 1985 until 2014 - not counting the few rogues that held out and continue to hold out for as long as they can. That means the older millennials were not yet school age when they opened their doors, and the younger millennials were almost out of high school by the time they closed for good. We are the only generation to literally grow up with Blockbuster Video. Millennials are categorized by the rapidly changing technology and the rise and fall of Blockbuster really fits into that definition.

We've had some other names. Gen Y - that's because we didn't have a name yet. That's right, kiddos - Gen X was such a flash in the pants generation, they never got named. Some older millennials try to claim their Xennials - that's not a thing. It's just not. It's younger members of Gen X wanting to be special enough to have a name and older Millennials being a victim to self-loathing.

Millennials are special. We have reverence towards older technology because that was our childhood, but we're also quick to adapt to what comes next. We get blamed for everything by the generation that raised us. We decided we all needed a trophy? We were seven. How?

I am an older millennial, born in 1983. I am absolutely not a Xennial. I am here to embrace everything that makes millennials great, including the fact that we really don't care if you blame us for things other generations did and how much technology has changed in our lifetimes. When I was 10 years old, my parents gave me a black and white hand-me-down ten inch television with a coat hanger and aluminum foil antenna as a sign of my maturity. Now I watch live television on my cell phone. It's weird but awesome all at once.

Hopefully, if you are an older millennial, you can embrace your greatness. If you're a younger member of Gen X, we still love you but you also need to embrace your own specialness - just because you're the Jan Brady of generations doesn't mean nothing makes you unique. Jan Brady was a prank queen. And if you're a Boomer, maybe you can learn that we're pushing 40 now and maybe stop confusing us with teenagers. And if you're Gen Z, just know Millennials see your struggle and sorry you're kind of living in our shadow.

Millennials are great and Xennials don't exist. End of statement.


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