I am a member of this generation, Generation-Y, and so are you. Well, not all of you reading this. For example, anyone that is my parents age or older is not in Generation-Y (Sorry, Mom). Or perhaps I should be congratulating you for NOT being a member of this generation, even though that is not remotely in your control. Gen-Y is the “lazy generation”, the red headed stepchild of the family if you will. Our generation, my generation, came with the introduction of the internet and technology at our fingertips. We are also credited with bringing along the “hookup” culture– the phrase is pretty much understandable by itself. We are seen as the Partiers, the Experimenters, and the Lost Causes. In other words, on the surface we are a mess.
We are seen as lazy, maybe because Gen-Y basically has their whole life planned out for them from the moments they were born; Pre-k, Elementary, High School, and then College (Med school, Law school, and/or Grad school if you really want to show off). After college, then your life begins. All of your schooling has been leading up to this specific moment, a time when you find a job in the field you have studied for the past 4 or more years. We literally have a layout for the road to success, although it is not guaranteed.
But even though we have this set plan for our futures, Our generation is all about going against the grain. “Don’t let other people tell you what to do, figure it out yourself!” Perhaps this going “against the grain” concept is the same for other generations too, but I can only speak for mine because I have not lived in the other generations before me. Gen-Y, although labelled lazy and insufficient, is all about keeping informed; we are the change. “Be the best version of you”, as the phrase goes. We are all about being the “next Steve Jobs”, basically a go-to for the reasons-to-not-waste-money-on-college list. And in response to the common, “Well, Steve Jobs didn’t finish college!”, is usually, “You’re not Steve Jobs!”
I don’t believe that. Now don’t get me wrong, I know none of us are Steve Jobs literally. What I mean is that I don’t believe that we are not “geniuses” in our own right. Yes, this goes for each and every one of us. I believe there is one, or a few, set of activities that each and every one of us can excel in. Maybe the IQ points don’t literally say “GENIUS”, but everyone has some sort of talent. At least that’s what I think. Einstein once said, “If you judge a fish by it’s ability to climb a tree, it will believe it’s whole life that it is stupid”. So instead of the go-to phrase of, “Well, you’re not Steve Jobs”, shouldn’t be used as often as it is. Maybe what we should be focusing on is “what we’re meant to be doing” instead of conforming into the lawyers and doctors that are expected out of us. But who knows? I am, after all, part of the “lazy generation” anyway.