In praise of millennials

February 10, 2022

millenialsFull disclosure: I taught college for many years and I love working with young people.

Full knowledge: I know “OK, Boomer!” is a millennial term used to disparage Baby Boomers. My generation. It’s tiresome. And wrong. Yet…

I resonate with young people. I don’t have children. But I find talking with, working with and interacting with young people to be so interesting!

They’re my clients!

Millennials make up a good percentage of my client base for regressions and I’ve been able to talk with them all about what they are doing with their lives. Each is doing something super-interesting and most are contributing to the world in some way.

Yes, I know the generation is known to be self-centered, but that’s not what I see. I see them embracing the world around them and wanting to make it better. In that way, they remind me of my generation, the Baby Boomers. Yes, yes, I do know some millenials who are shallow. Materialistic. Image-oriented. But I also know people like that in EVERY generation.

I vibe with a young woman who is an alternative healer. I adore her! I love hearing about her life, her work and sharing what we do. We are each other’s customers but we are also women who just click. And yet there are at least 40 years between us.

The same with a young consultant I know. He’s such a smart and fascinating guy and our back and forth conversations flow easily.

I try not to be pompous. Usually.

I could be really pompous about what I know about life, but thank God I’ve learned how to provide input to younger people without being an asshole. At least I think I have. Most of the time. 😉

But guess what? It’s not about me pontificating from my golden years:  These millennials give me something back.

They inspire me. They give me hope for the future. I get to measure how far we’ve come by their lives. And if it weren’t for the ridiculous political situation, I’d feel fantastic about the future. Because these young people have good hearts.

Here’s another thing: I like being around their vibrancy. We never run out of things to talk about. They have no hidden agenda. They’re real.

Yes, I vibe with the millennial tribe and I love that I do.

Even AOC. She’s smart. She’s interesting. And while I wish she were a little more considered in her actions and opinions, I know that can come with time. Seasoning is not part of the makeup of young people. That comes with experience. With grey hair.

Like master strategist Pelosi.

So, how do you feel about that generation? Or are you part of it?
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8 comments on “In praise of millennials
  1. Diane says:

    I love this, Carol!
    I spend most of my time with Millennials. Absolutely love their clear-eyed vision of their future. They know where they want to go.
    And they’re going to get there!

  2. Alana says:

    My son is a millennial, as are several cousins. Now that the seasoning of the older millennials is taking place, they can be an absolute pleasure. I value my son’s opinion more and more each day. But sometimes, the generational gap does kick in. I suppose it’s always been that way. Incidentally, I have a personal interest in AOC. I grew up in the Bronx and used to shop in the Bronx neighborhood she spent some of her childhood in (Parkchester). I also grew up in NYC public housing, although not in her district. I wouldn’t mind meeting her one day, just because she and I have that small Bronx link. Once she gets that seasoning, she is going to be one powerful force.

  3. Laurie Stone says:

    I feel our greatest hope is the young generation. When I saw the Black Lives Matter parades, mostly young people of all colors, it made me proud. That, I pray, is our future.

  4. Nancy Hill says:

    My millennial daughter is so talented, eco-conscious, hard-working, savvy and so much more. I think the M’s get dissed just like the BBers.

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