Waddup! My name is Tara.
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Here we are, on the brink of adulthood, getting ready to take the next step in our lives. But before we look ahead, I would like to take a moment to look back.
We are millennials. Kids who grew up in 2 different centuries and were the first generation to grow up in a completely technology immersed world, while still learning about the dewey decimal system and how to write in cursive, and other things that have become trite. Unfortunately, this has changed the way people look at as.
For years we have been beat down and criticized, called lazy and narcissistic. Every type of media you can think of has mocked us and adults look at us and shake their heads, all while muttering about how the world has gone down the toilet. To them, our opinions are invalid.
We are guilty of it ourselves. We have been brainwashed to think that we are bad, that for some reason a girl holding a dunkin donuts iced coffee in a hot cup is worth less than a businessman or that a football playing boy is as dumb as a rock. We believe that we are surrounded by goodfornothing pot heads who are tainting society. We constantly wish that we lived during the 50s and 60s and 70s. We wear clothes that are meant to look vintage and filter our instagram photos to look straight out of 1974.
But the reality of the fact is that we really haven’t done anything wrong. Last time I checked, we weren’t the generation that ruined the economy and the environment and political integrity. We didn’t oppress women or african americans. In fact, we are the most open minded generation yet. We are the generation that stood up for lgbtq rights, and we’re the one’s bringing change.We’re smart too, because we had to be. It’s the only way to make it in a world where getting into college is cut throat, but you have to do it to create a life. Chances are, we will be the ones who fix the economy and the environment; the problems that we didn’t even create.
To call us lazy is just pure ignorance. Never before has a generation had to work as hard as we have to just to live a successful life. We have to take AP/Honors classes and participate in 20 afterschool activities. We have to volunteer and have a job and still maintain a social life. It’s a constant juggling act that we don’t get credit for.
So yeah, maybe we are superficial, and by that I mean that our fuck ups are superficial, at least in comparison to the people who came before us.
So what are we going to do about it? Are we going to fulfill the prophecy that society has created for us or are we going to change the world? The past four years flew by, a blur of schoolwork and heartbreaks and mistakes and laughter and the best memories of our lives, so I’m positive that the next four years will go by just as fast. Use them to your advantage. Take from them wisdom and the feeling of success, because some days of our lives will be failures, and that is okay.
There is one thing I know for sure, when we get to the “real world”, we will prove everyone wrong. We will go from the selfie generation to the generation to left a legacy on the world. Because we have to. We are the next wave of doctors and nurses, of lawyers and firefighters. We are going to be lawmakers and maybe one of us will become the president one day. Things are going to change, and we are going to be the ones who bring it. And I personally, cannot wait to be a part of it.
Here’s to us, class of 2014. Here’s to our selfies and our obsessive tweeting. To the kids who party every weekend and to the kids who don’t. To girls who wear shorts that might be a little too shortand to boys who have terrible haircuts. To great nights with your best friends and to the bad ones. To never having to wake up at 6 AM to go to a school where your opinion means nothing. To the sports that don’t get appreciation or recognition and to the arts for giving kids, myself included, a home. To the kids who have already tried to make a change and had their voices heard. Here’s to us, class of 2014, the kids who are going to change the world. Thank you and congratulations.