What About The Millennials Who Don’t Fit Into The Stereotype?
Millennials are stereotyped; big time. By the media, the older generations and even each other. We are defined by our laziness, entitlement, snobbery, and self-centeredness.
People tell us that we don’t contribute to society, are completely fixated on our cell phones, are narcissists, materialistic and too dependent on technology and our parents.
Millennials, are considered to be the WORST generation that has ever existed according to our grandparents and parents.
We are the generation who just like to Netflix and chill, spend significant amounts of time making our lives look great on Instagram and live off of our parents’ money while we “look” for jobs that we can be passionate about. This generation is seen as being spoiled rotten, completely inexperienced in hardship, working for things or struggling.
BUT. What about all of the millennials who don’t fit into this stereotype? I am one of those millennials and so are my siblings, my boyfriend and many of my friends.
We don’t necessarily fit into this millennial stereotype that is constantly being portrayed on T.V and the news and all over the internet. Millennials like us get wrapped up in all of this negativity and are HATED by people who are lumping us into a category that just doesn’t fit with who we are.
What about the millennials who don’t get “cut off” from their parents because they NEVER were getting money from them? The millennials who aren’t leaching off their parents’ health insurance plans until they’re 27 because they were on Medicaid since they were little and then had to pay out of pocket throughout their early twenties?
What about the kids who started their own babysitting business when they were 12 and have been working ever since? And the ones who saved up money from their after school job to buy their own shitty cars?
Are these people still considered lazy just because of the years that they were born?
What about the millennials who had dads walk out on them when they were only 11?
The millennials who were exposed to domestic violence, bankruptcy, getting the electricity turned off, family members with drug and alcohol addictions, siblings with cancer and more funerals to go to before the age of 18 than some people go to in their whole lives?
Are these people still thought of as having no idea about struggle or the real world just because they enjoy posting on Instagram?
What about the millennials who have parents who still have the mental age of teenagers and neglected them while they went out on dates, went to parties and never took the time to worry about saving money for college educations or mentoring their kids towards a better future?
What about the millennials who have had to lend their parents money instead of the other way around?
Are these people still thought of as privileged just because they rely on an iPhone for daily tasks?
What about the millennials who had to work full time waitressing all throughout college, not because their parents wanted to teach them a work ethic, but because they actually HAD to in order to pay their bills.
What about the millennials who don’t understand the phrase “adulting” because they’ve ACTUALLY had adult responsibilities since they were teenagers and younger.
Are these people narcissists just because they want to try to make their lives better?
What about the millennials who are worried about having to financially take care of their parents in the future because their parents can barely take care of themselves?
Are these people entitled just because they complain about having college debt to worry about?
What about the millennials who have been with the same romantic partners for 12 years, and can manage their relationships without jumping into divorce like their parents?
Are these people still considered part of the hook-up culture just because they live in the age of Tinder?
So, what about all of the millennials that don’t fit into the stereotype? Why are we so underrepresented. Why do we have to feel hated by a society who don’t seem to acknowledge that we exist?
We are people, we are millennials, but we aren’t confined to this box that you put us in.