My Generation Doesn't Want to Grow Up

Prairie Gleanings

How old were you when you started paying your own bills?

Published on: January 5, 2011
A few weeks ago, a friend and I were having a thought-provoking conversation about the dreams and ambitions of our generation.

He said something profound when he mentioned, “Josh, our generation just wants stuff. They don’t care about furthering their career or being the best at what they do. They just want a new iPhone or Xbox game."

As I pondered this comment, I realized he’s right. It’s a sad state of affairs, but too many young folks do not have a 5- or 10-year plan. Their only plan is paying off the iPad they just put on the credit card because they needed it so bad, they couldn’t save up the cash.

Also, what’s with young people living at home until they’re 30 years old? I’m not talking about the kids who come home to work on the farm. I’m talking about the young people who have full time jobs, but would rather drive a new car instead of building equity in a home or condo.

Again, it’s this concept of just wanting stuff. They’d much rather have a massive sound system in their brand new truck, rather than moving forward in life. Who cares if mom and dad are still buying all the groceries, paying the heating/cooling bill and providing the cable television? Oh, and the kids who are moving into homes paid for courtesy of mom and dad, yep, that’s just as bad.

I remember graduating, finding a job and moving into an apartment. I was nervous about making rent. My first job was a reporter in the Belleville area. I was making $20,000 a year. In talking the figures over with dad, it never occurred to me that I could ask him to help me make the bills. That would be a disgrace!

I don’t know what has happened to my generation, but too many of us are wrapped up in stuff and don’t care a bit about being self sufficient. Maybe the Baby Boomers are great enablers and we’re just great at taking? Either way, my generation isn’t maturing the way our fathers and grandfathers did. My grandma and grandpa started life on their own at the ripe age of 17 and 16. While that may be a bit extreme, isn’t it a bit the other way to wait until you’re well into your 30s to start paying your own way?

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