The Problem With Being Generation Y
Why We’re Really Unhappy
Published: Wednesday, September 25, 2013
Updated: Wednesday, September 25, 2013 17:09
Being a Generation Y, someone born between the late 70s to the mid 90s, has always seemed to be the butt of a lot of jokes and negative comments. It seems the generations before us have their very blunt opinions on how we are and what we think.
The recent article from the Huffington Post saying ‘Why Generation Y Yuppies Are Unhappy’ hasn’t helped us either. The basic gist of the article is that our generation is unhappy because we’re entitled little pricks.
Now, I don’t want to bash this article because it does make one think, but I can say from personal experience my generation isn’t unhappy because we think we’re entitled and things should be handed to us.
We’re unhappy because we’re facing heaps of student debt we know we may never be able to pay back in our lifetime. We’re unhappy because of the terrible job market and the downgrade of stable jobs. We’re unhappy because we have to work even longer hours for less pay. We’re unhappy because we can’t afford health insurance that everyone in other countries is guaranteed.
We’re unhappy because, unlike the generations before us, we may never be able to actually afford a home or raise our children. We may never be able to afford the things we want to do. We see our dreams and opportunities vanishing before our eyes. We’ve come to learn intelligence and hard work doesn’t guarantee being able to pay the bills, and don’t even start thinking about personal fulfillment.
It’s sad because our generation is more educated than generations before. We have more people in universities and graduating than ever before, even though we seemingly can’t afford it. Yet, we’re constantly being put down.
Let’s not even start with the fact that corporations have more rights than people, mass shootings seem to happen every few months and the environment is being destroyed so quickly. I don’t really see how we can even make it right.
I don’t want to seem like a Debbie downer or anything. We aren’t all unhappy. Happiness is a lot more than the Huffington Post claims. Happiness is more than money and jobs. It’s about friends, family, music, nature, laughter, pets, food, art and anything else that puts a smile on someone’s face. It’s entirely possible to find happiness in the face of suffering—people have been doing it since the dawn of time. There is so much beauty in the world that it’s almost impossible to be completely unhappy.
The notion that people of my generation are “entitled” because we want a good life is ridiculous. For wanting to enjoy what we do, make enough to survive and maybe a few benefits. So what if we want flowers on the metaphorical lawns that are our lives? The generations before us got to enjoy the lawns they made for themselves, why can’t we?
There is nothing wrong with believing we’re special. Special does not mean you think you are superior. It means unique and having worth. It means you have something to offer, and that is exactly what we need in this world.
We all deserve to be free from poverty and chronic financial stress. We all deserve good jobs, or financial support. We all deserve health care, freedom from debt and freedom to live our lives. If that makes me the Generation Y Yuppie I’m automatically labeled as anyway, then I’ll proudly wear that title.
Cassandra is a junior majoring in journalism.