Whenever I end up feeling like a jaded and discouraged old (or at least middle-aged) woman, hearing about the Millennials gives me hope. Thank God for young people. This new generation is more racially diverse than ever. They don’t see gay marriage as a problem. They’re used to women having influential positions and successful careers. They’re more likely to be skeptical of religious institutions, and to be spiritual rather than religious. They’re more likely to be vegan or vegetarian than people of other generations–I’m not vegetarian myself, but deeply admire the motivations which lead a person to make that choice.
They will also probably become more conservative as they get older, just as every other generation does. But that is the essence of the life process–by the time the Millennials get too old and crusty, new kids and new ideas will enter the scene. All I know is that the last thing I want is to get stuck in some static version of “the good old days”. Let my faded nostalgia get washed away by the flow of life, as it deserves to be, and in with the new.