This letter is lovingly written to my daughter Hannah and all Millennials who stumble on this blog. For the past few years the word millennial has become a byword for your generation. The word has been loosely thrown around and used to put down an intelligent and socially wired group.
I am from Generation X, we’re the individuals born between 1960 to 1979. We were born when MTV came to be, when cable channels were the best thing since sliced bread. We’re a generation who firmly believes that higher education is a great tool to accomplish what we are all set to do. We paved the way for your generation to do things greater than most of us can and ever will achieve. Yes, some of us have called you self-absorbed, narcissistic, or the most colorful one: “the me generation.” Maybe there are some truths to those claims but I believe that you are more than what other generations depict you to be.
You have witnessed the greatest and the worst in the 20+ years you’ve lived on this Earth; from the largest number of single parent households, 9/11, the Great Recession, the worst natural and war disasters whose ramifications will be felt for years to come. No one has prepared you for any of these. On the other hand, your generation was in the forefront of the birth of modern technology, technology that has made our world an easier place to reach.
You’re also a generation of people who are constantly coming up with ways to make money while still giving to the needy and saving the earth. YOU ALL were a catalyst for those movements. You pushed the rest of us to get out of our reservations and connect to others in mediums other than postal letters and phone calls. You have encouraged us to see the world as you see it, a place of exploration and learning. Your zest for life and love for inclusion is a breath of fresh air.
As you continue on, please don’t stop learning and exploring,
listen intently, yet don’t be disillusioned.
Love others as you love yourselves,
foster inclusion and be vigilant. Be the voice for those who are weak and continue to fight against injustice.
Above all: enjoy life and be excited in your journey.
With lots of respect,
a Gen X’er
P.S: An encouragement from the most popular Gen X’er (you may read entire speech through this link
“Let me tell you, this generation coming up — unselfish, altruistic, creative, patriotic — I’ve seen you in every corner of the country. You believe in a fair, and just, and inclusive America. You know that constant change has been America’s hallmark; that it’s not something to fear but something to embrace. You are willing to carry this hard work of democracy forward. You’ll soon outnumber all of us, and I believe as a result the future is in good hands.” Barack Obama, 44th President of the United States of America