Millennials get a bad rap. According to every news outlet ever, we’re lazy, entitled, narcissistic, obsessed with social media and selfies, and we spend all of our retirement money on gahd-damn avocado toast. And while I definitely f*ck with my fare share of avo toast (and take a bangin’ selfie), baby boomers and older generations just don’t seem to get how we ended up in the predicament that is our crippling debt and anxiety of impending social, environmental, and political doom.
Like, yeah — maybe we enjoy going out to brunch on the weekends and we haven’t thought about having kids yet. We know you had a house, car, healthy 401k, and 13 kids by the time you were 28, but that’s just not how the world works these days. Hell, I can’t even afford my own phone plan, let alone a white picket fence delusion.
So when you treat that retail worker or server like sh*t while rolling your eyes and pounding pinot grigio, just remember that you and your useless participation trophies got us into this mess, Barb. We may take selfies and we may spend an inordinate time online, but we like to stay connected with friends and we’re probably just surfing the web for another low paying, entry level job that requires 7+ years of experience. I’m going to pound my avocado toast with pride because we are one of the most progressive, tech savvy, and tolerant generations — so what if we can’t afford to buy a house and we aren’t spending all of our (little bit of) money on diamonds. BRB going to update my Insta story.