Generation Y: We Are Young Not Stupid
By Ali Berlinski on March 26, 2014
One of the questions I often get is, “What made you want to write a book.” While it seems like a perfectly reasonable question, what they’re really saying is, aren’t you a bit young to write a book about your life? Some of them don’t even bother disguising the incredulity in their voice. Yes, I’m a young no-name writer. No, I’m not going to regret publishing a book about my life at 27.
Being young is not a disadvantage. Nor is it any indication of intelligence, emotional, social, or otherwise. People may discriminate based on age but life and hardship do not. When will people learn? Wisdom is measured by experience, not years.
More importantly, writing about one’s own life isn’t novel or characteristic of my generation. Perhaps what is unique is our unprecedented access to avenues of self-expression. Has this shaped how we see and understand the world? Certainly. How could it not? However, just because we have more opportunity doesn’t necessarily mean we are more self-absorbed.
“Every generation thinks they are witnessing the end of humanity.” – Before Midnight
We aren’t the only one’s talking about us. According to the media we, and all of our blogs and selfies, are the apocalypse. Yeah, get over yourself. I’m sorry to be the one to break this to you, but thinking my generation is the bane of humanity is just as narcissistic as it is narrow-minded. We didn’t get to this point in society single-handedly. We had some help, yours, which means your generation isn’t so golden either. Our battles and our flaws may be different from yours but that doesn’t make us any better or worse than you.
Documenting all of our mistakes isn’t necessarily a bad thing either. Our scars, our fumbles, they are proof of our existence, proof that we have lived and lived gloriously. Why rob us of the ability to look back and appreciate how far we’ve come, how much we’ve learned, and the people we’ve become? The question isn’t whether we’ll do something stupid but whether we’ll learn from it.
Changing our minds latter down the line does not mean we were naïve. It’s growing. Quite honestly, I hope I never stop. It takes courage and strength to change. I’d much rather alter my views and admit I was wrong or misinformed, than continue pushing an agenda I know to be flawed just for the sake of pride.
Shove this post in my face in 20 years and I assure you, I won’t be ashamed at all.
I’m young, not stupid.
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