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Maybe you’ve noticed? Baby boomer children have an attitude.

The print media loves it.

Old writers have a new whipping post, young writers get to take offense until they get old enough to find a younger whipping post of their own.

Or not.

Until then, they want answers to the big questions they face like, “Why am I forty grand in debt for going to a third tier school with a good football team?”

(Please don’t ask why there’s no crystal football in the trophy case. It’s on the way.)

“Why do I live with my parents?”

“How am I supposed to grow up and be a difference maker when I wake up with the teddy bear I was born with?”

It’s hard for the kids. They’re looking at a ten year stretch working a bad job to pay down their student loan debt.

They see that horse, saddle it up, and plan on riding it down instead of running away.

They see ads and movies about happy young people, their peers. They know they’ll never be that person and it makes them sad.

Then it turns to bitterness with a final stop at anger.

Have you seen an angry millennial? They bring it strong. The college educated twenty somethings know the system is rigged against them no matter how hard they try.

They worked every summer of high school to put college money in the bank.

Once in college they worked part-time to gain experience, build their resume, and learn how to network.

Each summer they found the highest paying jobs in the worst conditions and did double shifts.

With diploma in hand, and loans in spite of their industry, the smart kids found themselves at the bottom of the career totem pole.

They’re behind college dropouts who hit the workforce early and make more money.

Brain dead losers with more specific job skills make more money. It all fuels the millennial anger you read about.

The most angry of all are those who didn’t hustle for jobs, who didn’t find the nastiest work for the most money to remind them to stay in school.

Less work and greater debt. You pay now or pay later. It’s the late margin call that gets them. And the living at home part.

How are millennial kids supposed to deal with boomer moms and dads intent on moving ahead with or without their rebound kids in the same house?

Not easy. You can’t explain adult uncertainty and worry without the bail-out button. Who wants to crush youthful hope and dreams with personal tales of failure and betrayal?

Not. Going. To. Happen.

Instead, let national trend setters explain why millennials will spend their lives in made-over dorm rooms masquerading as apartments with enough food storage to hold a case of Ramen noodles.

Cars? Houses? New clothes?

If millennials believe all the doom and gloom about their future, won’t they act to change the script?

This is one boomer blogger who says yes.

There’s nothing more irritating than ‘haves’ telling ‘have nots’ what they’ll never have.

It’s a can’t miss recipe for a big plate of f-you from one generation to another.

Find a better way before that plate sits in front of you and you can’t tell the difference.


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