Overall, the earliest proposed birthdate for Millennials is 1976 and the latest 2004. Given that a familial generation in developed nations lies somewhere between 25 and 30 years, we might reasonably consider those the start and end points. http://whatis.techtarget.com/definition/millennials-millennial-generation

I was born in 1988. I remember when the internet screeched as it "dialed up." I remember playing Snake in black and white on my mother's Nokia. I remember the GameCube.

On social media, it seems like I can't go one day without seeing an article or video whining about Millennials and how we are trashing the planet with our rude behavior and general lack of ambition. Even Millennials bash Millennials.

I do know some people like that. Millennials who have no aim or direction, who live with their parents until well past 18, who are rude, opinionated brats forever glued to the latest version of whatever phone their daddy bought for them.

I also know people who are dancers, writers, artists, chefs, photographers, firemen, police officers, nutritionists, military, hairstylists, nurses, government employees, construction workers, world-shakers and game changers.

We are not all bad.

It's easy to bash Millennials. I have. There so many social platforms to shout from, to put the actions of another under a microscope for the world to judge. If we had internet 50 years ago, we would be ripping apart the Vietnam war, criticizing Martin Luther King Jr., or posting lyrics from a Beatles song.  We might debate the Civil Rights movement and watch videos of African-Americans being shot. We would contribute to GoFundMe accounts set up in the names of the 32 wounded or the 16 victims whose lives were taken by sniper Charles Whitman.

Any of that sound familiar?

Before you decide to write off my generation as a lost cause, remember that no generation is perfect. Remember that if you look for the bad in people, you will find it.

So look for the good. Be the good.

I am a writer, a mother, an avid reader, and accidental adventurer; I'm a Millennial, and I'm not what you'd think.



Published by Kalico Casady