Post by Woody Alien on Jun 21, 2020 17:38:55 GMT -5
It may sound strange but I found this comment on Know Your Meme, of all places, and saved it because it really managed to explain this strange feeling that I always had regarding the older and younger generations and how it impacts my wellbeing:
I mean to be fair, we Millennials never even got our hands on the torch. We can't cling onto something which we never held and has already passed us by. We've already settled into the "grim acceptance of our own irrelevancy" stage despite never getting our own "on top of the world" period. Thing is, Gen X clung to the torch all the way from the '80s to the mid-2010s and passed it straight to their children, Gen Z. We were already being told to shut the hell up while we were in grade school and it just never really stopped; it just went directly from "shut up, stupid kid" to "shut up, outdated fossil". At no point were we ever the "'in' crowd". Hell, even on the internet we didn't get any time to ourselves; Gen X had already claimed all the moderator seats by the time we got online and didn't realize that kids weren't just squeakers to punt around until they became dads and started coddling the kids after us (as in, their kids). Millennials have just been whipping boy for all three other generations of this time period (Baby Boomers, Gen X, and Gen Z, all of whom have been spoiled by comparison) despite never actually having any power of our own to do anything at any point which could possibly merit any of that bashing. Our generation is just going to end up forgotten, only known as the scapegoat everyone else used for their inadequacies. There's a reason why only '90s kids remember the '90s.
I do in fact like many people in their 30s feel crushed between the previous generation and the next one: the ones before us took all the spotlight and the resources and left us a world full of problems, while the ones after us, the so-called Gen Z/"zoomers", are getting praised for being proactive, wise beyond their years and managing to organize movements previously unheard of, such as the marches against school shootings, Fridays for Future and all the stuff being pulled off by the Tiktok users and KPop fans (two things incidentally I couldn't care less). Meanwhile we as the poster said are becoming more and more irrelevant, troubled by unemployment and tons more problems, while being seen as entitled and "problematic" and with "millennial" becoming more or less some kind of bad word or just some marketing segment. And this just fuels my personal issues on top of all the troubles the world is having right now.
Maybe it's weird, but the fact that these words from a random person resonated so much with me means that there's some truth to it.