A Generation of Makers
While listening to Pandora the other day, an ad video came on that caught my ear. After some furious Internet searching and inputing words into Google in every possible combination, I came up empty in the hunt for that particular video. Instead, I found somthing better - this article.
I've been thinking a lot lately about what kind of generation I am a part of, of how these particular years will be remembered in the history books down the road, of the meaning my work has in the overall scheme of things. This guy hits the nail on the head. Granted, this piece is nearly two years old, but I have witnessed it only to become more true since.
We are presently known as the Millennial generation, born between the end of the 1970s and the mid-1990s. As a 23 year old, I fall at the latter end of this spectrum. To try to describe us as a group is indeed difficult, something that not many people have attempted yet, but they will, and when they do, I hope it is in a positive light. I hope that future generations can learn from our journey today, the journey of making a name for ourselves.
We are a group of people unlike our parents, grandparents, great-grandparents, and so on. Falling into a 9-5 job is not something many of us aspire for, whereas in previous generations, landing the large corporate jobs was like striking gold. As good people who have followed all the steps we were told to (stay in school, get involved, graduate college) we've been abandoned by the so-called "process." Our obedient work has culminated to ... what exactly? We have realized that waiting for our hard work to pay off will be a game we may never win. So why should we play? Why can't we make our own game? Pave our own way and make our own jobs? With the help of today's incredibly connected world, that is exactly what we are doing.
"We are a generation of makers. A generation of creators. Maybe we don't have the global idealism of the hippies. Our idealism is more individual: that every person should be able to live their own life, working on what they choose, creating what they choose. If you want to build a company to change the world, go for it. If you want to be an independent knife maker, what is stopping you?"
Some of you may read all this, roll your eyes and think we're crazy. But here's the thing: you get one life and the reality is, this is our world today. We are people who have a vision of how the world should be, and we are doing our part, no matter how small, to make it into a beautiful reality. We may be a group of distrustful, impatient, noncommittal people, but we are full of passion and drive and we are happy. I am in no way criticizing other generations or people who truly love what they do at their 9-5 job. I am simply happy to be a part of this wonderfully innovative, go-getter group. Do what you love, create your own creations. Ultimately, that is what matters.
Read the article. It is so crazy inspiring, I wish I had written it.
Here's to the generations of makers and creators. I'm excited to be a part of it.