Category: Social Perspective

Generations

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My first noticeable awareness of the generational gap between my generation and the Millennials was at my place of employment. I shared first-hand knowledge to a classroom of students about the Civil Rights Era.  During the Civil Rights Era, I was around six years of age, but I remember some of the events leading to the historical landmark.

While talking to the students, I realized many did not know or understand the significance of the movement. There were some students who barely knew who Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr was and that became an awakening to me.  Even more so, most of the teachers were not born until after the Civil Rights Era.  At this point, I accepted I had become a part of a transcendental movement.

If you haven’t figured it out, I’m part of the Baby boomers generation. You know the story, the Baby boomer name is coined because of the booming increase of babies born around 1946 to 1964 primarily because of the post-World War II era.  There’s the generation X group born between the mid-1960’s to early 1980’s. Generation Z are those born after 9/11.

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Then, there’re the Millennials.  Millennials are born around the early 1980’s and 1990’s. In other words, anyone between 18 – 29  is Millennials. Why the early 1980’s?  Well, an article in the New York Times, the author, Dionne Searcey, writes, “by 2020 Millennials will account for one-third of the adult population” (2014). Those born in the early 80’s make up this demographic.

Since the rise of the baby boomers, the Millennials are aggressively growing to supersede them.  The New York Times article goes on to say, according to the census, currently, those age 23 are the largest in the populous age group follow by individuals age 24.  Among the generations, my primary focus is on the Millennials.

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Why is this important? Well, the generational differences affect the way society operates. For example,  the selfie-taking Millennials have a major influence on how marketers market because we’re in the age of Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, and Instagram to name a few social media outlets. Millennials influence the way communication is transmitted.

For this reason, major mass communication businesses are willing to invest their finances and resources to target Millennials in effort to compete with other competitors. If you don’t see how marketing correlates with Millennials, then check out the last two major political elections that were won. Also, take notice of how the current campaign is run on Twitter and other social sites.

Recently, the fashion model, and business woman, Tyra Banks launched her Next America Top Model campaign in conjunction with social media. The 13 lucky college students were chosen after their photos were posted on their Facebook pages. One of the criteria for being chosen as one of the contestants were the number of “likes.”  Among the Millennial generation, the person receiving high number of “likes” in today’s society is perceived as popular or “in touch” with his or her peers. Some places of employment like marketers take things like the number of “likes” and “followers” in consideration.

According to an article in Forbes, the Millennials are “often misunderstood because Millennials do not approach adulthood the same way as other generations” (Forbes, 2014). This is why Millennials promote creativity in the area of marketing. Millennials are not a part of any establishment. Their vision and values are not confined or defined by societal dictates.  The so-called establishment fine ways to conform to the Millennials.

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With a new attitude and mindset, Millennials are changing how government and businesses keep up with the challenges of operating technology and incorporate new ways of doing business.  If you’re keeping up with the trends, on these lines, the average conference or meeting is no longer conducted exclusively from a board room nor an in-person interview.

Some companies opt to Skype individuals or hold multimedia conferencing because of convenience. I recently had my first Skype interview a few months ago for consideration of a fellowship position. To my surprise, I was chosen. The interview was very informal, and it was a far cry from the traditional nerve-wrecking interviews.  This is another realization of the transcendental changes.

The trend is globalization, therefore, the days of geographic restrictions and limitations are far behind. Since the Millennials, we’re in the age of virtual companies and even virtual relationships.  Get use to it.

How do boomers and generation X  bridge the gap? Well, if you’ve heard of the term “left behind” then, if you do not want to get left behind baby boomers and generation X catch. If you don’t believe it, if you’re texting or Skype, then you’re catching up.  If you’re on the Internet, you are transforming to the age of the Millennials.

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As a society, we are still merging and finding ways to resolve generational differences.  For example, the Social Security issue is one major problem the government is seeking ways to resolve, if possible. Then, there’s the issue of individuals living longer and healthier. This mean boomers and Millennials are both around longer to create socio-economic and environmental concerns in the long-term.

In addition, Millennials contribute to raising the issue of diversity in the workplace. Thus, women’s equal pay issues, fair and equal opportunity practices are held to higher standards, and political legislation is facing the challenge to provide representative of the current changing trends of society. Some of these issues are how to maintain the traditional values of the family, religion, and social structure.

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Baby boomers and Generation X we’re still around. We’re needed too. There’s a truth to the saying,”to know where one is going, one must know where he or she has been.” I have been around long enough to see there is really nothing “new under the sun.” The circle of life does have a way of evolving and reinventing itself. Technology is all about improvement or the creation of something new from what already has transpired.

In other words, whether you’re a Baby boomer, Generation X,  or Millennial, if you like it or not, we’re in this together. Instead of creating a gap, it is time to bridge the gap. It is time to reconcile generational differences and seek ways to blend all ideas and pass on a legacy manner beneficial to all generations.

`Yvonne L

 

References:

Inside the Millennial Mind. Spenner. P., (2014). Retrieved 5/11/16. http://www.forbes.com/sites/patrickspenner/2014/04/16/inside-the-millennial-mind-the-dos-donts-of-marketing-to-this-powerful-generation-3/#4b78c50b371b

Marketers Are Sizing Up the Millennials. Searcey, D., (2014). Retrieved on 5/11/16 from www./nytimes.com/2014/08/22/business/marketers-are-sizing-up-the-millennials-as-the-new-consumer-model.html?_r=0

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Disclaimer: Graphs and Diagrams images are not current and may not reflect current statistics.

 

Response to the Daily Prompt Challenge- Today’s word (generation)

 

 

Mindboggling

Mindboggling

Chaos

Stop the madness!

No more!

My mind is already in overload.

I can’t take any more download.

The input is creating too much confusion

and chaos to process.

Give me a little time.

I need to delete some of my thoughts.

Let me reboot.

This is too mind-boggling.

Excuse me…

I am about to shutdown.

 

`Yvonne L.

 

 

Response to the Daily Prompt Challenge – Today’s word (Chaos)

Are You Present or Already Gone?

Disclaimer- I claim no copyrights to the song/or video concept in the above video

The artist Faith Evans released a song entitled “Gone Already” in 2010. Since then, Kelly Clarkson, and a few others, released a song entitled “Gone Already.” In 2010, when I heard Faith Evan’s song, at first, the title caught my attention.

Then, after listening to the medley, I really liked what I heard. But, then, after listening closer to the lyrics and understanding its meaning, I was intrigued by the concept of being with another but emotionally disconnected. We do this more often than we think.

Unfortunately, the disconnection is a reality in many relationships. Both parties are either in denial, they’re unaware, or they know there’s a disconnect, but they don’t know what to do next.

In some instances, they’re perplexed how or when the disconnect occurred. An emotional disconnect occurs on other levels like in relationships between parents and children too. If we’re not careful, we can occupy the same space and because of technology, work schedules, and other activities, communication is weaken.

Now, going back to Evan’s “Gone Already,” there’s a reference in the song to “loving someone who hasn’t taken the time to get to know you, but you go through the motions” these aren’t the exact words, but this is the essence of what the lyrics in one of the lines is saying. Evans goes on further to say, she felt like “a dead man walking and everything was becoming monotonous.”

Some may argue, in regards to committal relationships, particularly marriage, relationships aren’t all about emotions. I agree, relationships require more than emotions to sustain their commitment. But, how can a marriage be sustained without interaction or some form equal exchange? One might give all his or her best, but if there’s no reciprocal exchange or validation of the relationship, then, the couple is only co-existing but not experiencing fulfillment.

Remember, when you entered into a relationship? The both of you were “feeling each other”, or there was something which drew you two together. There was a sense of connection to the vibe of the other.  The interaction was engaging. More than likely, you couldn’t wait to be in the other’s presence.

Well, this is the type of existence and interaction I’m referring to. No, you don’t have to stay in each other’s presence all the time. But, you do need to maintain a level of interaction which requires talking and listening to each other. In other words, be “present.” Don’t “check out” on each other. Communication isn’t limited to couples but in other situations as well.

As in the words of the song, what about you? Are you present or already gone?

The Art of Saying Yes and No

The Art of Saying Yes and No

Some still struggle with saying yes or no when they mean it. When I was younger, the elderly taught me you “say what you mean, and mean what you say.” During those years, this principle sounded easy to say than to apply. I was a little shy, so it was easier to please others than cause discord. As an adult, on my peaceful journey, I am learning more about the importance of assertiveness. My dependency on the approval and validation from others is no longer a controlling factor.  I try to honor my truth and live in authenticity. While I may fall short, this is my aim.

Subsequently, after listening to others complain about the expectations placed on them from others and hearing their complaints regarding things they have agreed to do for others. Their complaint is they wish they had said “no” instead of saying “yes.” Oftentimes, I find too much time is spent complaining about lending a shoulder to others, a listening ear, or allowing oneself to become accessible to others against one’s will.

Well, why complain if you’re finding yourself doing for others because you’re kind enough to help? Do it without complaining.  If you’re assisting others out of a sense of obligation or fear of rejection if you do not, then don’t. Say “no,” if you can’t or your heart isn’t in it. Say “yes” if want to assist. You may find yourself helping others you allow your good deeds to go as far as you  will.

Have you thought about why you’re the one others freely come to? Have you considered why they’re not asking others?  The reason is possible you may be their only yes.

When the power of saying yes and no is learned, then we learn the power in becoming true to ourselves. We learn the power in saying “yes and no” should come from a place of sincerity and purity.  When, we’re not saying “yes or no” begrudgingly, then our heart is not misleading.

At times, when communicating with others, we must be assertive and take a firm stand. This is not rudeness. It is using good judgment. A “yes” at the wrong time can be detrimental to all involved. The same goes to saying “no”.  Handling things right prevents us from experiencing an unsettling about our actions and becoming resentful.

Take the time to see the value of honoring your truth.  More than likely, you’ll find you’re saying “yes or no”often as before, but you experience empowerment when you do not go against your freewill.

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~Yvonne L

Now, I Know Why Doves Cry

Now, I Know Why Doves Cry

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Prince (Prince Rogers Nelson), a musical genius, and humanitarian,

death saddens and shocks many.  All have an appointed time, but 

sometimes it’s difficult coming to terms when that time is for 

someone dear to us.  I choose to honor the memory of Prince, the

prodigy,  by trading my sadness for wonderful memories of the legend,

his life, and music.  Now, I know why doves cry. 

 

`Yvonne Lott

Skeletons in the Closet – Daily Prompt

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There is a saying “there’s a skeleton in everyone’s closet.”  A skeleton represents what is dead and gone. Then, instead of putting it in the closet why not bury it?

Just a thought: Some things are out of our control. Life does not always go as we desire. There are circumstances which happen to us we did not create. Some situations do occur because of our doing.  As a result, we may feel ashamed, in despair, hurt, betrayed and affected by the actions.

But, rather than allow the past to control our present, and future, why not choose to seek the peace we need to enter into a place of reconciliation with those menacing skeletons and bury what we can not change.  In other words, instead of denying they exist or existed, address them, do what is possible to change them, and move on from the memorial shrine we place them in- our closets.

Some may think this sounds too simple or may think life is more complicated and complex than that, but the reality is, we can not control others and situations already occurred. But, we can control how we allow situations to affect us. Let’s stop putting time and energy to explain or justify why we can’t move forward. Let’s put our efforts to prove to ourselves why we can.

We can control how we view our closet. We can still see the closet as a place where we leave things hidden, or we can see the closet empty of the things we have rid ourselves from. Our closet is representative of either a burial site or a memorial. It’s up to us.

Life is about fulfillment and not just existing. If life appears too hard to turn around and make things worth living, then we can choose to remain seeing life this way. But, if we desire something different and more fulfilling in life, it is worth the effort to move from complacency to changing how we live it.

Do you have any skeletons in your closet or are they buried?

`Yvonne L

 

Response to the Daily Prompt Challenge- Today’s word (Skeleton)