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bieramar

Sick of Bullshit?

As a member of the Silent generation, I've watched and worked side by side with those from the Lost and Greatest generations, as well as with Boomers, X-ers and Y-ers.

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"Hi, Generation 'Y'. Generation 'X' is sick of your bullshit"

Generation X is sick of your bullshit.

The first generation to do worse than its parents?
Please.
Been there.

Generation X was told that so many times that it can't even read those words without hearing Winona Ryder's voice in its heads. Or maybe it's Ethan Hawke's. Possibly Bridget Fonda's. Generation X is getting older, and can't remember those movies so well anymore. In retrospect, maybe they weren't very good to begin with.

But Generation X is tired of your sense of entitlement. Generation X also graduated during a recession. It had even shittier jobs, and actually had to pay for its own music. (At least, when music mattered most to it.)

Generation X is used to being fucked over. It lost its meager savings in the dot-com bust. Then came George Bush, and 9/11, and the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. Generation X bore the brunt of all that. And then came the housing crisis.

Generation X wasn't surprised. Generation X kind of expected it.

Generation X is a journeyman. It didn't invent hip hop, or punk rock, or even electronica (it's pretty sure those dudes in Kraftwerk are boomers) but it perfected all of them, and made them its own. It didn't invent the Web, but it largely built the damn thing. Generation X gave you Google and Twitter and blogging; Run DMC and Radiohead and Nirvana and Notorious B.I.G. Not that it gets any credit.

But that's okay. Generation X is used to being ignored, stuffed between two much larger, much more vocal, demographics.

But whatever! Generation X is self-sufficient. It was a latchkey child. Its parents were too busy fulfilling their own personal ambitions to notice any of its trophies-which were admittedly few and far between because they were only awarded for victories, not participation.

In fairness, Generation X could use a better spokesperson. Barack Obama is just a little too senior to count among its own, and it has debts older than Mark Zuckerberg.

Generation X hasn't had a real voice since Kurt Cobain blew his brains out, Tupac was murdered, Jeff Mangum went crazy, David Foster Wallace hung himself, Jeff Buckley drowned, River Phoenix overdosed, Elliott Smith stabbed himself (twice) in the heart, Axl got fat.

Generation X is beyond all that bullshit now. It quit smoking and doing coke a long time ago. It has blood pressure issues and is heavier than it would like to be. It might still take some ecstasy, if it knew where to get some. But probably not. Generation X has to be up really early tomorrow morning.

Generation X is tired.

It's a parent now, and there's always so damn much to do. Generation X wishes it had better health insurance and a deeper savings account. It wonders where its 30s went. It wonders if it still has time to catch up.

Right now, Generation X just wants a beer and to be left alone. It just wants to sit here quietly and think for a minute.

Can you just do that, okay? It knows that you are so very special and so very numerous, but can you just leave it alone? Just for a little bit? Just long enough to sneak one last fucking cigarette? No?

Whatever. It's cool.
Generation X is used to disappointments. Generation X knows you didn't even read the whole thing. It doesn't want or expect your reblogs; it picked the wrong platform.

Generation X should have posted this to LiveJournal.
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Source: http://www.emptyage.com/post/1159...neration-x-doesnt-want-to-hear-it
auntmartymoo

I don't really get the Generation X or Y labels.
Technically, I'm (barely) a generation X-er.  But I do not fit the profile.

Meaning, I'm not a slacker and I don't feel that Kurt Cobain speaks for my generation.

Reagan was president the entire time I was in high school and college.    And I hung out with a group of fairly high achievers.  We were driven to succeed.  I've had at least one job since the time I was 13...and currently, I have two.
bieramar

I'm not a great "fit" for the Silent generation either - they're all just cultural generalizations, which are useful only as long as one remembers that each derived characteristic and element doesn't apply to each individual.
jasmine

Is this the bullshit section?  Boy can I have fun with this.

Why has everything gotten so complicated?  Y and Z were letters in an alphabet, not to lable generations.

I was a latchkey kid with rules and God help me if the rules were broken.

You never spent more than you made, because you might owe money (jeez, what a concept) Rolling Eyes

Nothing was free, you had to work for it, or you did without.  

Neighbors were people you could rely on in a crisis, not someone you were trying to keep up with.

You respected your parents, but you didn't have to like them, but when they were gone, you sure missed them.

A car is transportation to get you from one place to another, not a status symbol.

A house is a home, where your friends and family visit, not something to impress people you don't give a crap about anyway.

Why do you get a person from India on the phone to ask you if you fully understand what your new ATT bill means?  Rolling Eyes

What happened to loyalty, through thick and thin.  

Again, why has life gotten so complicated?

Is it all about ego and greed?  

Lead, follow or get out of the way, is a great philosophy to live by.

Damn, that felt good
scrutney

Quote:
"Hi, Generation 'Y'. Generation 'X' is sick of your bullshit"


hi generation x. i'm scrutney and i was born in 1956, which technically puts me in the tag end of the boomer years but in a sub classification that i refer to as generation wtf.

so gen x is sick of gen y's b.s.?
b.f.d.

generation x is sick of hearing people whine?

gen wtf grew up with it, matured with it, raised kids through it, and watched as our kids decided it was their turn to bitch.

ya'll think you're the first generation to be discontented with your lot?
think again.

the boomers took discontent and turned it in to a cottage industry.
marches on washington. marches on the r.o.t.c. building. sit ins, be ins, bed ins.
just about everything but work ins.

sense of entitlement?
shit...boomers wrote the freaking book.

through the gift of dyslexic listening, the boomers bollocksed up kennedy's "ask not" speech and we're still wrestling with the consequences.

and after all the protests, after our cities burned, after the body bags from our ill advised overseas police actions managed to find their way home to general boomer indifference, we saw the best minds of our generation sell out their principles for the warm poultice of making a little money.

and who can blame them?
certainly not gen wtf.


gen x wrote:
Generation X hasn't had a real voice since Kurt Cobain blew his brains out, Tupac was murdered, Jeff Mangum went crazy, David Foster Wallace hung himself, Jeff Buckley drowned, River Phoenix overdosed, Elliott Smith stabbed himself (twice) in the heart, Axl got fat.



gen x lost their voices to self indulgence, stupidity and autoerotic asphixiation.

we lost our voices too.

we lost martin, two johns and a bobby.

they made the world a better place and got a bullet for their troubles.

so you guys snorted some coke and wasted a little time navel gazing while under the influence of mda or xtc or whatever pharmacolgical abbreviation of the month was in in fashion at the time.

try slamming down 3 hits of window pane and having your face melt from the backwash of an 18 wheeler and trying to keep your shit together while the cops are questioning you...just because you have long hair.

and getting up and doing it again, the next morning.

gen x...we've seen it all, puncuated with patterns and colors and trails (oh my).

we watched as jimi drowned in his own vomit.

we watched janis make love to an audience of thousands and go home to her hotel room...alone...and stick a spike in her arm just so she could face another day. and didn't.

we watched the greatest country on earth, through mismangement, errant stupidity and drunken sailor fiscal policy, become a shadow of it's former self.

and so i'll end this rambling diatribe with a heartfelt thought for generations x, y and z (if there is such a thing)

fuck you.

you think life is pain now?

give it 20 years and get back with me.
we're sick of your whining.

life is pain...but if you're still hurting, you're still living.
get over it.
auntmartymoo

Great post Jasmine!  

And Scrut, aren't you Boomers the ones who are going to bankrupt social security?  That'll teach those....er, us...generation x-ers a lesson.  
Wink  Wink
jasmine

Sometimes life is pain, but you deal with it get over it, and try not to make the same mistakes twice.  Life is a great roller coaster ride and wouldn't have it any other way.
bieramar

jasmine wrote:
Sometimes life is pain, but you deal with it get over it, and try not to make the same mistakes twice.  Life is a great roller coaster ride and wouldn't have it any other way.


As succinct and simple (simplicity is a plus, not a minus) statement of reality as I've ever heard/read.

BZ

bieramar f/k/a Cato
jasmine

bieramar wrote:
jasmine wrote:
Sometimes life is pain, but you deal with it get over it, and try not to make the same mistakes twice.  Life is a great roller coaster ride and wouldn't have it any other way.


As succinct and simple (simplicity is a plus, not a minus) statement of reality as I've ever heard/read.

BZ

bieramar f/k/a Cato



Thanks B, simple is good  Wink
puc reducks

Study debunks long-held Gen X myths:

http://articles.cnn.com/2011-10-2...n-xers-divorce-rates?_s=PM:LIVING

(They grew up!)
auntmartymoo

Yay!  Thanks, Puc.  
I was hoping for a more positive spin on my generation!
puc reducks

auntmartymoo wrote:
Yay!  Thanks, Puc.  
I was hoping for a more positive spin on my generation!


Hi, AMM!  Yeah, when I read "slackers" I thought, "Huh???"  Anything with "longitudinal" in the title gets my vote!   Wink

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