Occasionally, I will find myself complaining about how kids these days are so into their Tinders and Twitters (essentially turning into old Mr. Jenkins down the street), and I catch myself by surprise. It's unfair and hypocritical for me to complain because often, I'm also on Instagram using hashtags and am generally quite an internet-oriented person.
Then at other times, I find myself incredibly nostalgic. I have a fetish for vintage and am often wishing I was born in an earlier decade, despite their own hardships. I find it challenging keeping up with pop culture and still can't really figure out what the heck ICloud is. Conclusively, I have a love-hate relationship with technology.
Perhaps I'm a traditionalist millennial.
A traditionalist names someone of the generation born before 1945 (for the record, this is not me). As a generalization, they are loyal and hard workers with 20th century morals that have transitioned into the 21st. They have lots of respect for authority and believe that rewards come from hard work. Perhaps they're sometimes not so handy with an IPhone but they prove to be practical and disciplined individuals.
Tradition is wealthy of history. Being traditional is keeping alive something that really isn't alive at all anymore, but it is worth being remembered. It's often depicting a time of simplicity and less complexity. Think of the way things used to be handmade, or a recipe that's been in your family, passed along by each generation. It's taking something from the past that worked well and should continue to be valued. As time has progressed, in an ongoing arms race, we're always going for bigger and better, which regularly comes with many strings attached.
However, it's incredible the advances that we've made. These modern inventions that have given so many solutions to the problems of our history. There have been new jobs created and an infinite possibility of things left to discover. While it's It's worth embracing the rapid pace of today's world and worth getting excited when considering what's to come in the future.
A millennial is someone born between 1977 and 2000. Typically, they're tech-savvy, picture takers, video makers, creative minds, world travellers and hungry for trends. They're often critiqued for being a narcissistic generation, being brought up with the mindset that they're special, but on a positive perspective, this thinking makes them strive to pursue their dreams. They're on a single track to the future and are constantly going for what's new and what's to come.
But at what point does something cross the line from being traditional to outdated? At what point do we take forward-thinking too far? Putting one generation on a pedestal over the other would be unfair - each had their own pros and cons. But perhaps the best thing to do is focus on the assets of the generations past, and find solutions for the disadvantages that are apparent in our generation today.
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