Why is the blame on us?
The word ‘entitled’ is a well known word that is often used in the same sentence when describing a millennial. It is a word that even I have grown accustomed to hearing and often makes me automatically ignore the rest of the context. The reason being is because it is heard in another video mocking us for wanting something to change that hasn’t been changed in decades. It is coming from our elders and the people who have raised us who shake their heads in disapproval towards the choices we have made to improve ourselves. Even disapproving the ones they heavily encouraged right from the beginning. It is yet again another clickbait article pointing a judgemental finger towards something my generation is doing wrong. Please enlighten me, what exactly are we doing wrong?
Almost every millennial I know is either a workaholic, travelling the world, getting married, starting a family, paying off debt, or trying desperately to do their part for the environment. Yet I hear we are not getting married, we are not having children, and we do not want to work as hard. When I hear this or read it from an article or video, I refuse to waste my time on what I know to be a broad accusation on an entire generation. Possibly a false one at that.
There are some who do feel the world owes them something. I have met a few who fit the general stereotypes. Some of which who are not even from my generation. However, those who feel entitled, I personally believe do not shine as much as those who are trying to make a difference in their lives or trying to fight out of poverty. You would think article writers would see us trying to improve something as a golden opportunity to broadcast, but sadly it is always about our apparent flaws. It is always on how we are not meeting past social expectations.
I look at those who are my age and the ones younger than me and see hard working young adults who are just starting to make their way into this tough and cruel world. I see them holding a great amount of respect for the older generations, but little for each other because they assume that even though they may not be entitled, their peers may hold the stereotypical entitled status. We view strangers that are noticeably a few years younger as possibly ‘a snowflake,’ which is something I have personally been called at least once or twice when expressing my concern for the economy.
I will admit, we are not perfect. We spend too much time being consumers and putting our faces on the internet more so than we do focussing on the event we are documenting. We care for animals more than we do our fellow neighbors or even loved ones. Yet we realize how important self care is. We love animals because they love us without any conditions or judgement. We understand that we do not want to be stuck in a job we are not passionate in like we have seen our parents suffer through just to pay bills. We are trying to change things because we know the saying,“But that’s how it has always been,” is often a gateway to a stagnant and possibly unfulfilling future. Not to say we do not know when to be content. We do, but everything is always changing and we want things to change for the better.
Our intentions maybe a little different than those before us, but the concept is the same. I am sure anyone can agree, we just want to live in a better place. So why mock our ambitions and dreams for a greater life?
Hannah Hobbs is a millenial, a wife and a college student living in Hubbard Lake. Her column will appear bi-weekly on Saturday.