I was born during a “gray” area – defined by some schools of thought as a Generation X baby, but defined by others as a Millennial.
The truth is, I don’t 100% identify with either.
I first started feeling this way as most Millennial started becoming “hipsters.”
Although there were many aspects of this new trend I liked (like the draw to vintage & records as well as some of the fashion) I never fully embodied it or connect with it.
But I couldn’t deny that I wasn’t really part of Generation X (other than the jeans of the same name I wore in junior high).
And thus, I have created my idea of the Milleni-Xers.I shouldn’t be surprised that I can connect with both types considering I can’t think of a season in life where I didn’t have friends from both generations.
I’ve been surrounded by both, friends younger & older, and thus influenced by both.
And I don’t think I’m alone as a Milleni-Xers… but am I alone as a Milleni-Xer who hasn’t figured out the balance?
Mainly in career…
Most Gen-Xers seem to be in the school of thought that they needed to a pick a career & go for it (pleasing their parents, perhaps?).
While many are happy with the choice they made at 18 (give or take a few years) it seems that most are stuck in a rut that they created for themselves 15+ years ago.
On the flip side, Millennials seem to have embraced the idea that they can do all the things they want to do whenever they choose – and there seems to be a lot of encouragement for them to follow their super-lofty dreams.
It’s an optimistic outlook that is VERY appealing (to me), although it has caused major career-commitment-phobia & left many of them still slinging coffee into their late 20s (usually while pursuing their true passion-of-the-day part-time on the side) and remain quite content (which I am not).
Granted, there are some that have been able to hit the mark & do great things at such a young age! Way to go you few!
It seems that many of my fellow “Millenni-Xers” have some how found a balance between these two schools of thought, found their true passion, and stuck to it for about 5+ years now.
But for some reason, I find myself sitting – no teetering – on the fence of these two (X + M), leaning back & forth from one side or the other.
I go in phases where I get super passionate about a career choice & pursue it for a couple of years (X).
Then something usually happens (it varies) which reconnects me with another passion, and BLAM I’m looking back to the other M side of the fence starting to pursue that “lofty” dream, but not whole-heartedly.
WHY? Because I’m still partially on the X side of the fence.
AND because when I look on the M side I not only see that ONE passion, but a whole slew of others!
Why must I have so many interests?! Ideas?! Passions?! WHY!!!???
I want to have a successful career, but I don’t want to get stuck in a rut.
I want to pursue my wild & crazy Millennial dreams, but I also want Gen-X stability.
Is this why it’s so hard for me to really get moving in one direction?
Because I am constantly being pulled in two?