Y Xennials?

I read recently that a micro-generation born between 77 and 83 is a thing. This small fraction in history has a life experience it can call all it’s own.

With an “analog childhood and digital adult hood” this generation, my generation, has been most fortunate in being in the right place at the right time. We’ve been able to navigate, successfully, the dawn of the Digital Age and this changing landscape of technology because we were young enough to assimilate the information with our still developing psyches.  We are also able to still feel that embracing warmth of the past and can relate easily to the emotions and traditions of our predecessors.

Just as we were moving on to higher education and the early career stages of our lives, technology was there to make it all the more palatable by making digital information available for the masses.

We felt the digital wave as a trickle. We heard of things being possible before they were because we were the ideal market that every magazine and tv station coveted; so they spoon fed us the information, and made jokes to soften the blow of things we struggled with.

Since we were alive at the birth of the Information Age, it’s no wonder we question things so often.  In fact – we used to be called Generation Y. ‘Cause after X…you get Y….

This Generation Y tab was replaced with Millennial…but then so many people couldn’t relate with that completely, there had to be some further study.

Which leads us back to the Xennial term being foisted out.

How are we different from Millennial’s? Why does our generation deserve a special call out?

Because we had to adjust to it,  unlike our slightly younger counterparts who grew up with it. It’s a significant difference.

Maybe the Millennial’s can commiserate with the struggle and anticipated shrieking of dial up internet, but they had to jump on the digital train much earlier in their lives than we did when their identities were just beginning to take shape. We already had a whole identity formed, deeply ingrained with the “old school” way of things, when technology began to run things.

This gave us a truly unique perspective on the integration of incredible technology into our lives. Just cynical enough, as our previous generation, and just optimistic enough to be not too far behind the marginally younger generation.

I think as technology speeds up, so will our definition of generations have to and what defines the culture of that moment. We move too fast for a span of 20 years to be able to accurately depict the times of all the people involved.

Just my thoughts.


Riddle me this

What do you value most about yourself?

Not what’s your greatest skill or what’s your favorite feature, but what do you value most. When asked, this question set me back a moment.

I really wasn’t sure what I valued most; and that bothered me.

Now, the question was posed by a silly little quiz I found in my news feed on Facebook but the feeling it stirred in me was not little. I realized it had been a long time since I last took stock of myself.

So I thought for a while and was increasingly disturbed by the lack of anything that jumped to mind. I’m generally a happy person and like myself so why was it so hard to verbalize what I value about me?

My very good friend Google told me the definition (noun) of value is:

  1. The regard that something is held to deserve; the importance, worth, or usefulness of something.
  2. A person’s principles or standards of behavior; one’s judgement of what’s important in life

By not being able to answer the question does that mean then that I don’t feel I’m important, useful or worthy?  Does it mean I have no principle’s? No, I don’t think so. It may mean that I’ve lost my personal sense of what’s important in life though.

Being caught up in my life’s routine, I believe, has led me to focus only on what I can I do rather than who I am or want to be. My aspirations have been about gaining things; a promotion at work, more money, items for my house.

As a child I remembered valuing things like kindness and courage and happiness. So I tried to think of the question as the mini-me would have.  Breaking it down to it’s simplicity and clearing my brain of the adult fog that is bills, work and more work.

And then I had an answer.

And now I’m starting a list.

It’s important to look into yourself from time to time. I had forgotten how good it feels.

Give it a try! You will be surprised by what you find and you will discover things you want to cultivate and turn into action. Good natured and positive? Maybe you would find satisfaction volunteering at the hospital or soup kitchen and spreading that brightness around! Brave or courageous? Maybe someone in your life could use that kind support and learn from you.  Whatever it may be, it is a way that you can change the world.

So…what do you value most about yourself?

One of my little favs..

Life should not be a journey to the grave with the intention of arriving safely in an attractive and well preserved body, but rather to skid in sideways, chocolate in one hand, wine in the other, body thouroghly used up, totally worn out and screaming “WHOO HOO What a ride!!”


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