Get Your Facts Right: I Identify As an Xennial, Not a Millennial
When it all boils down to being labeled a Millennial, I can now say with confidence that I dodged it by 10 days.It has been brought to my attention that a new subcategory of micro-generation specification has been circling the internet, and I couldn't be happier.
The new term is called "Xennials," and it's the best thing I've read and discovered on the internet this week.
I was born on December 21st, 1987, just making the #Xennial team. Yeah, I get it, we are still frowned upon from the elder generation, but you have to admit, we are not completely addicted to the reliability of today's technology. We actually know a thing or two.
Tradesmanship careers are on the decline, and growing up, I had a ton of friends who went into plumbing, carpentry or even HVAC like myself. These days, everyone wants to be a photographer or a website developer. PLEASE DON'T GET ME WRONG--I respect those career choices. It's 2018 after all, and these jobs are crucial to an ever-changing world of media and technology.
I'm simply stating that when it comes to simple household tasks or even driving stick, it's very uncommon. I was raised on hard work and have worked almost every day of my life since the age of 14. By the age of 18, I was off on my own, as college took me on a new chapter and one hell of a life adventure. I was on my own and admittedly, I was ready to take on the world.
My dependence has always been minuscule when it comes to asking for help, and I'll only ask one person when I'm puzzled on something: my father. My mother taught me to be kind and stay humble, and my father taught me toughness and the ethics of hard work. To this day, I will always be forever grateful for their life lessons. They couldn't be more right about life thus far.
These days, "Millenials" get a pretty bad wrap and are labeled as a somewhat "lazy" generation. We all get tired; hell I'm tired every day, but being lazy is NOT in my vocabulary. I've held numerous job titles from the restaurant industry to HVAC fabrication and installation to the exciting world of audio engineering (with some small jobs in between).
Admittedly, I love my iPhone, but I'm not dependent on it. I can read a map and understand what it means to remember your surroundings in case you get lost. It's a great method of finding your way back home.
Lastly, when it comes to compassion and family, I have that covered all day long. I'm talking about R-E-S-P-E-C-T to my elders and those who have seen a thing or two that I might not have experienced yet. I strive to work for my family, not just myself, and that's a clear difference.
So, to all those who have been carrying around the weight of being titled a Millenial, when you clearly know you are above that generation, I welcome you to the revolution--the new world order of Xennials.