Dear Millennial Generation,
There’s lots of debate about when our generation started, and I’m not sure that’s going to be resolved anytime soon. But Wikipedia lists it as those of us born in the early 80’s through 2000, so that’s what I’m going to go by. That places me in the early-ish days of the Millennial generation (I was born in 1986).
But I don’t feel like I’m part of you. Not really. See, you’re not growing up. And while I don’t feel like an adult yet, I don’t feel like I fit in with you either. And the older I get, the more I feel I don’t belong. Just last week this resignation email, full of hashtags and insults, went around the web. And instead of condemning it, we called it “the best” resignation letter. And you know what, that’s not OK. The story continues however, as the author of the email gave an interview to Noir CPA. When asked why she said “I was thinking of myself. I was saying my truth.”
I’m all for speaking your truth. I do so three times a week here on this blog. But that’s the thing, it’s on my blog. I don’t “speak my truth” in a professional setting to my boss and coworkers. There’s a time and a place for everything, and that’s not it. And if speaking your truth is tossing out personal insults, you might want to think about how publically you’re saying those things.
I don’t mean to pick on the author of the email, but its indicative of a problem in our generation. I wanted to say it’s because we’re selfish. But, we’re pretty charitable as a whole so I don’t feel like that’s it. It’s more of we’re incredibly immature and vain. We think of ourselves and what makes us feel good. We want to stand out, even if it’s in a negative way. We’re so desperate for the “grown ups” to pay attention to us we’ll do anything.
It’s time to realize that some of our expectations aren’t realistic. We’re not going to come out of school and rocket up the corporate ladder to be CEO at 35. We’re going to have to work jobs that we, gasp, might not like and might not find fulfilling. Most of us will not be the special exception to the rule.
And it’s time we learned to be OK with that.