If you’ve been on the internet for more than 5 minutes you’ve noticed that there is a lot of finger pointing going on between generations. The Baby Boomers ruined the (insert resource here). Millennials are ruining the (insert name here) industry. Gen Z doesn’t understand (insert topic here).
If you are observant, you’ll notice that one generation is almost never mentioned. Gen X. aka my generation. However, this doesn’t surprise us. We’ve been flying under the radar our entire lives.
We were born between 1965 and 1980 by most definitions. Gen X is a smaller generation- around 64 million to the Boomers 70ish and the Millenials 75ish. We were the first latchkey kids. We were the first to have a significant number of our parents get divorced. We were the first to play video games and watch MTV after school. We were called underachievers and slackers before we were old enough to even know what that meant. We were so little considered that we didn’t even have a name until 1991.
Gen X is not without its major players. Influential Gen Xers include Elon Musk, Jeff Bezos, Serena and Venus Williams, Kobe Bryant, Beyonce, Tupac, Kamala Harris and Melania Trump.
But, for the most part, we are fine with Boomers and Millenials lobbing grenades at each other over our heads. We’ll just be over here living our lives our own way. Just like we always have.