Are millennials (those aged in the 18-35 range) useless?
Before you yell at me over the title of this post -It’s actually something that the Good Morning Britain account tweeted this morning. Obviously people in the age bracket mentioned were outraged, myself included. I don’t normally write reactive posts like this one but I kinda felt like I had too because people are so quick to call out and judge us millennials but (bar the odd rotten apple) I think we are a pretty good bunch.
Sure we eat out a lot, take selfies and spend a lot of time on our phones but that doesn’t mean out heads are filled with mashed potato does it?
Our generation is more aware than any other before it – We take an interest in politics, we educate ourselves on matters of equality and we listen to what others have to say instead of just shouting over one another. We want the best that life has to offer us and we want to take advantage of every opportunity given to us. We also work our arses off – whether that’s in education or the world of work – trying to forge careers for ourselves so we can enjoy the finer things in life.
What’s so bad about that?
I personally don’t think I’m useless. I mean I’m not very good at separating my washing (that’s what colour catchers are for) and I struggle to get out of bed when my alarm goes off but that’s pretty much it. I got a part time job when I was 13 and went full time at 17. I’ve got various NVQ’s and BTecs despite not going on to do further education and start another short course in May. I manage my wage to the best of my ability: All my bills are paid on time, I put a set portion away and yes, I spent a lot on clothes but that’s my choice. I have a husband, a dog and a home to look after aswell as running a blog, travelling as much as possible, keeping up a fitness regime, seeing my loved ones, reading books, catching up on my tv shows and, yes older people who seem to get very upset by avocado, going for brunch.
I know I’m not the only one with a lifestyle that looks like this and it boils my blood that a national TV show thinks it’s okay to alienate and box in an entire generation.
Because, despite being more aware and earning more money than the generations before us, we are struggling. We can’t buy our own houses, the economy is shot to pieces, the environment is fucked and the world is slowly dying, the NHS is crumbling before our very eyes and the government don’t seem to give a toss about anyone but themselves.
But we keep going.
Because we are the generation that can.
We can make a change. We can use our voices. We can use our social media platforms to talk about things we care about. We can google anything and be more educated in seconds. We can turn our little internet side hustle into our full time job if we are that way inclined. We can travel anywhere and everywhere and have our opens wide to the way others live. We can cut down on our plastic consumption, eat less meat and encourage others to be more mindful of their actions.
So yeah, we might be obsessed with Instagram and flat whites and splashes of pink but that doesn’t mean we are useless.
Times have changed, technology has advanced and we are not a generation of snowflakes – We are a generation that care.
Fuck you Good Morning Britain.