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Talkin’ ‘Bout My Generation

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Generational theory makes me cranky.  I was born squarely in the middle of the Gen X birth years, which according to the theory would make me completely unlike the generations on either side.

Being an X-er nowadays feels like driving down the freeway in my old, tin-can Ford Aspire, pedal to the metal, trying to avoid being crushed by two huge, aggressive SUVs.  Gen X is the baby bust between the Baby Boom and the Boomers’ babies.  We are a tiny generation of self-deprecating cynics trapped between two massive generations of idealistic, self-confident world-changers.  While Boomers and Millenials need reminders that they could be wrong, Gen X-ers need to remind themselves that they could be right.

I’ve been thinking about generations recently in the context of a Millenial’s comments about work supervisors.  I began to wonder how it must feel to be an X-er boss of a Millenial employee.  What happens when an X-er who still can’t believe she’s in charge has a conflict with a take-charge Millenial subordinate?  How does the X-er find the confidence, and the Millenial the humility, to negotiate the situation?  Can they find ways to teach each other?

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2 thoughts on “Talkin’ ‘Bout My Generation

  1. Love your description of Gem X: “We are a tiny generation of self-deprecating cynics trapped between two massive generations of idealistic, self-confident world-changers. ”

    Though I can cite world changers from GenX ad nauseam, I agree with the general characterization.

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