a few minutes ago
Lazy. Entitled. Narcissistic. One of my biggest pet peeves is millennial/ youth stereotypes, and I'm surrounded by them constantly. My news feed is filled with both older generations and other millennials alike attacking our entire generation. This has been especially prevalent with recent events, and I’m tired of accepting that we are a burden on society and a waste of space. It’s time to challenge these stereotypes and change the narrative.
In University, I am inspired everyday by motivated students in my program that are committed to creating a more sustainable and fair world. When I did the emerging leaders program in my second year, I was blown away by the tenacity and ambition of the leaders in the program. People dedicated to improving global health, environmental awareness, political change, and just being amazing people. And every singl And every single person in that room worked tirelessly, every single day, to incite change in themselves and in the community. There were no signs of laziness, only youth that were burning with a passion to make the world better. To BE the change they wanted to see in the world. And we are - not only do we demand change, but we work for it, and let our actions speak for themselves. We are innovative, resourceful, cooperative, educated, and fierce. We pursue purpose, and equality, and make thoughtful decisions based on our values and ethics.
Everywhere you look, youth councils, groups, and associations exist because young people today WANT to have a voice and work hard to better themselves and their communities.
And I wholly understand that my experiences do not apply to all millennials, and indeed many do fulfill the stereotypes. And I acknowledge that my experiences they have been possible in part due to my privilege. But to those that consistently share videos and articles against millennials, what do you hope to get from the constant condemning and belittling? I guarantee that your energy would be better spent on engaging and mentoring young people, supporting and empowering us to create the world we want to live in. Because we are inheriting the world, and will influence it whether you like it or not.