3 Things Every Twenty-Something Can Learn From Their Parents


photo: BB Dakota
Over the years, our way of life has improved, in comparison to the lives of our grandparents. Every generation is different and all deem themselves to be ‘the better generation’, especially recently – the millennials.

Now, millennials, according to The Telegraph can be described as those born in between the 80s and 00s. Whereas their predecessors or Generation X can be described as those who were born between the early 60s and early 80s.

Although these categories are only one generation apart they are vastly different, with lots to learn from one another. So here’s 3 things Millennials could (and should!) learn from Gen X…

#1 Finding your independence!

When Generation X first began getting jobs, most of them were only sixteen. These people were looking after themselves a lot earlier than most millennials do and have learned an independence that we’d be scared to have now. How many of us are scared to make phone calls? Hands up.

If you want to learn anything from Gen X, it’s how to be independent!

#2 Technology isn’t everything.

I’ll support this point with a story from my life. My phone decided to give up on me a week ago and I proceeded to go into a meltdown…”What if I break down in my car?! What if I get lost?!” To which my mother – a Gen X herself – answered, “What do you think we did before phones?!”

I personally couldn’t wrap my head around the idea of not having technology. My mother only had a landline and didn’t ever have a computer – instead spending her free time reading a book or spending time with her sisters.

So after a few days being ‘phone-free’, reading some magazines and tolerating my own sisters, I realized how much technology really does shape a millennial’s life, and discovered that it is quite nice to take a break from technology…sometimes.

#3 How lucky we are!

If you think about it, we are extremely lucky to be able to live how we do. Millennials have the ability to choose career paths that Gen X could have only dreamed of, thanks to new technology and opportunities. We can choose partners based on the swipe of a phone, shop from our computers, have more information about nutrition and health than ever before and even though we can’t afford housing we still have a lot of opportunities given to us.

Written by Joanna Xiourouppa.

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  • Dorothy

    All of these are very true, especially #2 – can’t say I’m not addicted to technology myself! Just going without my phone for a weekend is a source of stress. You just don’t realise how much you rely on it, until you have to make do without.

    Dorothy | http://wanderess.org/

  • Camille Beygui

    Awesome post

  • Vivianne Swart

    I was just thinking about how much I hate talking on the phone – can I just text you? haha!

  • Elishia Chave

    This is a great post. I’d never really identified with the idea of being a millennial until I moved to NYC and didn’t have an active phone or internet connection for a week… These are great tips, I think all generations can learn something interesting from each other!


  • Cafebiblioart

    These are definitely things worth considering. Having a sense of direction, even in a foreign city is a must for every human being. We cannot depend only on technology as it is unreliable. While work and being independent is very desired, getting a job in our teens seems to be a bit more difficult nowadays, neighbours no longer trust each other so they don’t hire the next door kids and more and more companies expect people to have some work experience before they are even born.. Regardless, it is something we should thrive to achieve. And yes, we are truly lucky and need to remember that every moment of our lives.


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