It seems like the internet can’t agree on who exactly is a Millennial. Some say anyone born between 1984-1993, or 1980-1994, or 1981-1996.
According to some I am a millennial and to others I am “Generation Z.” But I have always thought of myself as a Millennial so, lets just roll with that.
It’s no secret that Millennials are probably the most hated and talked about generation that has probably ever existed. And maybe one day I will take on that conversation. But for now, I will just say to all those people that hate us so much that, you can hate us, but you raised us.
Today I want to focus on one key thing that we Millennials/ Generation Z’ers have mastered that previous generations did not. And I think it’s something that a lot of people like to pick on us for and a lot of people see as a weakness.
However, I see it as a strength that I think needs to be highlighted, and that is our vulnerability.
Vulnerability – The quality or state of being exposed to the possibility of being attacked or harmed, either physically or emotionally.
Vulnerability is something that I am proud to say that our generation has embraced full force these days.
Everyday I see women and men putting themselves out there. They’re sharing to thousands of strangers their innermost thoughts, emotions, life lessons, and failures on blogs and social platforms. All in the hopes of helping others to learn from not only their successes, but their failures as well.
We share so that others don’t have to go through what we did, or because we hope to give someone a little shortcut to success.
In the past, the “Never let anyone see you down or cry” mentality was the way to be. But all that did was keep everyone from learning from each others mistakes and keep people from seeing that we all have the same problems.
Sometimes I think our older generation sees it as, “looking for attention”, or “oversharing”, or just plain crazy talk. But I see it as caring on the most human level about our peers and wanting everyone to have the best life experience they can possibly have.
Nothing We Won’t Talk About…
These days, you can find anything on the internet. (Most content creators are Millennials). Anything from basic questions like, “How Do I Get A Job Right Out Of College”, or “How Do You Cook An Egg”. To intimate stories like “Mommy Guilt” or “How I Deal With Depression”. To people sharing information on things that they’re self conscious about. Like, “How I Healed My Acne” or “How I Lost 50lbs.”
And then there are social media platforms where, I’ll admit people were pretty lost for a while. Only sharing the good to make people envious of them. But thankfully social platforms (for the most part), have made a hard shift for valuing reality over curated fantasy .
On the daily it’s not hard to find a picture of a mom breast pumping in her closet so she doesn’t wake her husband and kid (saw that today). Or pictures of cellulite and stretch marks or peoples fitness journeys.
I have even seen many pictures of kids covered in shit. (Not even shitting you…)
We are putting all of these realities out into the world at the risk of being judged, talked about and shamed. And yet we still do it. Why?
To help others feel normal. To help people.
I mean, that’s what this blog is all about. I share a lot of things I could keep to myself. And believe me when I say, there are plenty of people that I’m sure are judging what I choose to share and write.
But I do it anyway. Because if I help one person each time I am vulnerable and put myself out there, it’s worth the judgment.
There is value, true value to be found in sharing with the world your success, downfalls, stories and your ideas. And that is something that our generation realizes and what sets us apart.
Being vulnerable will never be a weakness. It takes strength and strong mindedness to put your reality and imperfections out there for the world to see.
Vulnerability is a super power to be proud of.
In honor of this post, here is one of my favorite millennial blogs to follow, Advice From A Twenty Something!