And possibly born into the wrong generation. (I’m supposed to be either X or Y, don’t remember which letter of the alphabet). The more I hear about the millennials, the more I see that I agree with their values–which are often portrayed in a negative light.
Millennials don’t think of owning a car as a necessity. For those raised in our car-centric culture, this seems downright un-American. I happen to love being a non-driver. It all depends on what kind of lifestyle you’re looking for. Living in an urban area where you can take the train–or better yet, walk!–everywhere is a beautiful thing.
Millennials also don’t consider homeownership to be as important as their parents and grandparents did. Again, this is viewed as a failure of this generation, or as a sign that they are giving up on the American dream. But maybe the dream is simply changing. I am a homeowner at the moment, but as time goes on, downsizing to a condo or apartment is looking more and more attractive. Taking care of a home with a yard is a hassle, and living in the suburbs is a screaming bore.
Millennials believe in a work/life balance, and they’re right about this one as well. We exist with the delusion that our lives will be better if we sacrifice them on the altar of work. But what’s the point of making the money if you don’t ever have the time to sit back and enjoy what you’ve earned?
They are also socially liberal and accepting of diversity. I’ve always thought this was a no-brainer, but unfortunately, recent events in the news show us that it isn’t. Maybe this new generation will finally get it. And they tend to be spiritual rather than religious. Religion adds structure to spiritual practice, which can be useful, but spirituality is where the true connection with God is found. So it seems the young have their priorities straight.
There is only one area in which I will have to part ways with the millennials–they are disillusioned when it comes to politics, and mostly not engaged in political activism or even voting. I can’t blame them for feeling this way, considering the way our political system works these days. But I still believe that it’s crucial to be active. No matter how cynical you may be about it–and I am–it’s best to be alert and involved with your lawmakers, otherwise the day may come when your lawmakers decide to become involved with your life in ways you didn’t expect.
So I guess if nothing else, I’m younger in spirit than I am in body. Now where’s my latest time-bending invention? I have to make sure to be born in the correct year this time.