If there’s one thing I think we can all agree on it’s that our generation has an undeniable pressure pushed onto us. We are the ‘generation that has so many opportunities,’ yet we are labeled as the screw-ups: the generation that will account to nothing. We drink too much, do drugs we shouldn’t be doing, are too consumed in ourselves, and are too dependent on social media.
Well, I couldn’t disagree more.
I love our generation. We may not do things our parents would have believed we’d be doing while they watched us play with our toys as toddlers. We may go out on the weekends. We may get into a little mischief. We may be completely hooked on social media. But if there’s one thing we’re not, it’s screwed up.
I don’t think our generation is given nearly enough credit for our hard work. Grown-ups tend to see the wild side that comes along with being a young adult. It’s no surprise that college kids like to go out and party on the weekends. It’s easy to take one look and think our generation is a bunch of drunks that sit around all week and count down the days till Thirsty-Thursday leading into the weekend. But, what about all the other days of the week? What about the 8ams? What about all the studying, the exams? What about our part time jobs that we tackle while being a full-time student? Drinking isn’t our entire life. Drinking is about going out with friends after a long, hard, stressful week. It’s about letting loose, socializing, unwinding from the long week.
A study just found that college kids these days experience the same amount of anxiety and stress as the average psychiatric patient did in the 1950s. This is terrifying. We should be proud of ourselves for continuing day after day. Heck, we deserve a night out.
This past week I was in Florida for spring break. While I was there, down the beach from me was a group of about 20 guys. They were playing bags, drinking, and having a good time. This is why I love our generation. The guys didn’t need girls to have fun. There’s this stereotype that guys now-a-days only have one thing on their mind: getting with girls. Guys have proven time after time that nothing is more important than the bond that they share with each other. I don’t know about you, but I respect that.
My mom and dad get aggravated that I’m constantly on Snapchat, Twitter, and Facebook. They don’t quite understand how close knit our generation is. We are connected in nearly every aspect. We can be miles apart, yet will be texting. We can be in different states, yet we feel connected by sending pictures via Snapchat. We see something online that we think someone may enjoy, and we can share it with a click of a button. Nothing beats actually being together, but with our busy schedules, social media is the second best thing. Our generation is the one that is obsessed with social media, but we are the generation that is in constant contact with the ones we love.
Being part of the generation that is known for drinking, being stupid, being lazy, and not really giving a damn is pretty difficult. The constant need to try and prove everyone wrong is tiring. It’s sad that we have such a negative stigma attached to us, simply for being born when we were. It’s hard, but we do it. And that’s why I love our generation.
Don’t let anyone think less of you because you are young. Be an example to all believers in what you say, in the way you live, in your love, your faith, and your purity // 1 Timothy 4:12