I’d like to start off by personally thanking all of you faithful readers who keep coming back to this blog, even on days I don’t post, it really is encouraging.
Also, it was finals week, so I had to devote more time to finishing up my project, that’s why I only blogged a couple times, but it’s Summer Vacation time and hopefully that will get better. You other bloggers know what I’m talking about.
So, today’s topic: What’s wrong with Millennials?
Okay, that was kind of a joke.
The thing is, we get criticized a lot, and I can’t be the only one who feels like it’s a problem. People judge us before they even know us.
Movies aren’t helping either, they show us more and more often addicted to our handheld devices, or they show the next generation down (whatever they’re called) addicted even more.
On the other hand, movies at least feature main characters who aren’t typically glued to a screen, because who’d watch that movie? Not me.
But, this is no time to start whining about how nobody understands us.
I actually sympathize with the older generation who thinks we’re throwing away our lives on things that don’t really matter.
They say we’re not mature.
And a lot of us aren’t.
But, it’s not all our doing either.
I notice a constant theme in the material aimed at our generation: Self Discovery.
I like Self Discovery to an extent. It’s perfectly healthy to be independent and creative and try new things.
It is crucial to your development to know yourself.
But I have some concerns about where this train is taking us.
I saw a bit of a show the other day, one of those “reality” shows where they aren’t filming actors, but the lives of real people. And there was a baby shower happening, and some moms were passing around advice. But to my slight horror, all they said was “Let the little things go” and “Don’t worry because you’re going to be a great mom.” Don’t doubt yourself, basically.
Look; it’s all well and good to not be afraid of being a mother, but since when is that all you need to know about it?
Isn’t it kind of selfish to focus on how you feel and not on how your child is going to feel growing up? I think some advice in that area would have been timely.
Plus, “Let the little things go,” is advice most of us aren’t taking. Who is famous for freaking out about every little inconvenience?
Yet, simultaneously, we also are known for going with the flow.
This is not everyone to be sure. It may not even be most of us, but it is what is being made into our image. Thank you, television.
The worst of it is, we are warned about not accepting what the people around us think about us, but not against not accepting what the TV and Movie industry says about us. I find what they say very offensive a lot of the time.
We all should take a moment to ask ourselves who made teenage promiscuity, drinking, and rebellion, cool in the eyes of the culture?
Who made dark and gritty the new face of teen movies and novels?
Who made a mockery of parents?
Beep be deep a deep– The Entertainment Industry.
With a lot of help from other sources of course.
See, it’s not what the majority of people do that makes it a cultural trend, it’s what the majority of people see as normal.
For example, we all have lied. But if it wasn’t accepted as normal, few people would admit to doing it. And less people would keep doing it.
I don’t lie, at least on purpose. The scary thing is that there are kids who, when they hear that, scoff at it.
What have we done?
In all fairness, a lot of blame does go to parents, since it’s not like it’s a law that kids have to watch certain shows, and shows or no shows, it is the parents who set the moral tone of the house.
And the shows warn us that parents don’t understand us, but guess who does? The shows themselves.
But I’m sure you’ve heard all this before.
And I don’t want to make things harder for parents by making them feel guilty.
But we all need to think, hard.
Personally, I’m considering the effect movies with swearing and a lot of sex jokes have on my mind. Just because I won’t tell those jokes, or swear, does it mean it’s not affecting me?
But I’m lucky that the only way I see the corruption of the world is generally through the screen, literally. Most of you probably see it every day, in person. If its’ disheartening to me, it must be worse for you.
It is exhausting to stay positive in a world with so much negativity. But let me offer a small tip before I close.
Remember that comic book I keep referencing?
Well, there’s a very important character in it, Auralie. She’s got only one line, but it’s what we see her doing that is important. It is said of her “Her thoughts are beautiful, she creates beauty with her mind, imagine doing that on a world like Apocalips.”
It’s really not what’s around you that makes you happy or hopeful, it’s what you grow inside you.
For me, that is faith.
And if Millennials and other generations alike choose to focus on growing those good things inside ourselves, then it won’t matter what’s happening around us. I mean, it won’t harm us.
It’s not many who will make that choice, but everyone has the option.
Those are my thoughts for now–Until next time, Natasha.