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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