Generally regarded as those born between 1981 and 1994 the millennial generation bridges the gap between the end baby boomers and the birth of the 2000’s. They belong to a special time where the building social and environmental effects of the 1900’s began to spearhead. This generation is likely to have strong values yet a broken view of the world as they saw the aftermath of early generations decisions but were unable to alter their course.
Millennials will be parenting to the next generation of Americans and it is up to them to instill those core beliefs that effected them so strongly. Divorce rates, species genocide, racial injustices, and sexual equality are all at the front of the millennial’s psyche. Influence of social media and vast leaps forward in technology have forced the millennial to constantly adapt to their surroundings.
But while many millennials followed a traditional path set by the previous generation: get a degree, get a job, and get married, there is a startling amount of millennials now aged 25 to 35 who have rejected this path.
This group of individuals watched as their families struggled to support themselves or broke apart under the stress. This group saw that even those with social success and wealth were still unhappy. They watched as midlife crisis’ caused irresponsible use of wealth. And a very many of these individuals were bucked off the traditional path by the 2008 recession while losing their jobs and homes.
Now as part of the last group of millennials, one young man attempts to make sense of it all through a generational lens fueled by a drive to find meaning.