Have you ever seen the movie, The Human Centipede?
Well, I haven’t because I’m not a complete psychopath, but, in my opinion, through many different disturbing elements, that film perfectly embodies the outrageous levels of horror this generation faces daily when trying to push through the negative misconceptions of our character as young people.
Superficiality, egoism, self-entitlement, laziness - just a few words that are consistently tossed into each paragraph found in the stream of articles written about millennials on a regular basis. The reality is, these stereotypes are as irrelevant as a poke on Facebook.
Don’t believe me? Let me break it down for you real quick, with the help of the classic folktale, The Three Little Pigs. Here we go.
Picture the three piglets, each building a home, and each home representing one of three key traits that conventionally tend to influence the overall nature of a person: self-confidence, discipline, and perseverance. The pigs (and you, the landlord in this story) understand that although their houses are built differently, they each matter in their own way and need to be taken care of.
As the landlord, you have been trained since you were young that bullying is bad, everyone should recycle, take care of our environment and that to get a good job they must go to University and get a degree. You have thus developed a high sensitivity to dealing with other peoples' beliefs, choices and opinions in a respectful way and try your best to please everyone all the while attempting to maintain a positive reputation amongst friends online, keep up with the latest social trends and make a life for yourself. Ouf.
The problem is, whenever you hear the wolf, or in this case, any kind of pressure you face in life, is coming to town you must stand guard of your property and protect each house, and the little pigs, for each home is essential to your overall structure. But some days, everything goes downhill. The wolf huffs and puffs and blows your houses down - and all you're left with are the remnants that now need to be re-built. Some houses were stronger than others, no doubt, but they're still on rocky soil.
Since we were mere yutes, our minds have been constantly saturated with the concepts of tolerance, equality, and respect for others as well as our surroundings. By consequence, we are always actively trying to maintain a liberal standard in order to please everyone, while also adhering to the strains of high-pressure social customs (such as keeping up with what our exes post on Snapchat and making sure we comment fire emoji's on all of our friends' fire selfies) that tend to take a toll on our psychological wellbeing.
Some would argue that we really don't have to be on our phones all the time and that the Internet is making us all lazy and selfish, and while elements of this can be true, if you seek to remain an active part of this 2017 meme-filled world, you must participate regularly and know what's good when someone sends you a zoomed in picture of Arthur Read's fist. Whether the "things were better back when" world likes it or not, this is how social interactions work nowadays and isolating oneself is to become an outcast, I'm sorry Ms. Jackson.
Have you ever seen the episode of The Office where Kevin drops a pot of beans all over himself? Yeah, that's how overwhelming it feels when millennials graduate University and try to apply for jobs in the real world. Not only are we exceedingly more aware of how irrelevant our skills are in comparison to competing LinkedIn profiles X, Y and Z, but we are well aware of the already negative perceptions the employers have of our work ethic, stress-handling capabilities and on-purpose ripped jeans. Yes, I actually bought them like this.
As we battle the obstacles that come from truck loads of constantly reiterated stereotypes, in addition to several weird people on the Internet that makes up the entire planet’s impression of our generation, we must keep our heads up and hope that collectively we can take them down one inspirational Tweet at a time.
Have you ever seen the movie The Holiday with Jude Law? Seriously, go watch it. He looks amazing - I'd definitely swipe right.