Dr. Rich Patterson  

Poets of Their Generation

Those youth that are born between 1977-1994 are known as Generation Y, Echo Boomers or Millenniums, age now 24-36 number as 71 million, and along with Generation Z, born between 1995-2012, age now 14-23 number as 23 million+  are rapidly becoming the new leaders in our country and world.  Both these generations are widely criticized by the previous generations:  Generation X, Boomers II or Generation Jones, and the Boomers I or Baby Boomers, and it is taking a toll on the confidence and outlook of these two new generations.

In general man (in the general sense) is not very good with change.  We quickly criticize things that are new and foreign to us.  The “why” of this is for a more deep conversation at another time, but suffice it to say, those critical words are really having a negative effect on our new friends.  We often think that because someone doesn’t see things like we do that they are wrong or that they have a problem.  That we want them to hold the same ideals that we have.  For example, often with these two new generations have a different view of work and career.  For the most part the older generations of Generation X etc. have the view that you work at a career, there are aspects that you don’t like and you just tough it out and push yourself through.  Our newest generations have a different view that work should be satisfying.  What a concept, I know!  But they really want what they do everyday to be enjoyable and if it isn’t, regardless of salary or benefits, they will likely leave the position.

That just doesn’t match with older generations and they struggle with that attitude therefore respond with criticism.  But wait, do we really need for them to feel like we did, struggling through a career at times often at the expense of our health?  I would like to offer that their different attitudes, yet undeveloped in many ways, may serve us all well in that they will reinvent how this whole life cycle process of education, career, retirement works and why not?  I truly feel that these two generations, and others coming, hold the keys to unlocking a better balance in life.  To helping us all to process the business of career, making money, house, lifestyle all of that in a much better way.

By giving them a chance to develop their ideas, much like we did as the hippies of the 70s, they become the Poets of Their Generation.  These poets are sorting things out, they are questioning life saying, wait a minute, why does it have to be this way?  In the process, just like former generations, there are some incomplete thoughts, some frustrations, but don’t criticize them for wanting things to be different.  They hold the keys to a new interaction between our soul and lifestyles.  I really feel that they will bring us all to a higher place.  It won’t be without cost, it won’t be without mistakes, it never is, is it?  But I look forward to their fresh ways of enjoying life all the way along rather than momentarily.  Hang in there my young friends, very soon, it will all be yours to shape, and shape and mold you will.

–Rich