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What Is It About Twenty-Somethings?

In Rants and Raves on November 11, 2010 at 1:14 am

Several months back, New York Times Magazine ran a story with the following headline: “What is it About 20-Somethings?

Here is how our generation was described:

“It’s happening all over, in all sorts of families, not just young people moving back home but also young people taking longer to reach adulthood overall. It’s a development that predates the current economic doldrums, and no one knows yet what the impact will be … The traditional cycle seems to have gone off course, as young people remain untethered to romantic partners or to permanent homes, going back to school for lack of better options, traveling, avoiding commitments, competing ferociously for unpaid internships or temporary (and often grueling) Teach for America jobs, forestalling the beginning of adult life.” [emphasis added]

These are interesting times in which we live.

Millennials – that nebulous, catch-all term to describe our current generation of twenty-somethings –  are the young people at the crux of this change. Naturally, we’re a source of great speculation.

This cultural shift the Times article speaks of – could it be an opportunity? An awakening? A process of revisiting and reevaluating our value system? Maybe (just maybe!) all the Teach for America gigs will start us back on the path to kindness.  Maybe the un-tetheredness of young people yearning to explore, learn and try new things will result in a more tolerant world. Perhaps this generation of twenty-somethings will go down in history for our ingenuity and entrepreneurial spirit in the face of economic hardship.

But you might not sense that from reading some of the depressing press we’re getting lately.

The Our Generation project is about claiming a generation. What the hell does that mean? It means that despite all the labels and buzzwords and conjecture projected on us, we are the ones who will ultimately define our generation. It means Millennials are game changers and can no longer be dismissed. It is a conviction that our generation is far more extraordinary than anyone gives us credit for.  It is a call to fellow Millennials to change our generation – and our world – for the better.

It means we’re on a wild ride, and we’re all in this together.

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