Talking About My Generation
I’m Generation X.
I was born in 1979, putting me safely in the Gen X age bracket. I read Douglas Coupland books as a teenager and consider the movie Reality Bites to be a huge slap in the face.
On the other hand, I have a lot in common with Gen Y.
If only there was an online quiz that could help ease my confusion.
Oh wait, there is.
So it turns out I’m a Millennial. And not just kind of Millennial. I got a score of 80. That makes me more Millennial than most Millennial’s. That didn’t sit right with me.
Then I read this article.
There’s a lot of truth in that article. As some one who struggles to work out if I fit into the Gen X or Gen Y I’m starting to wonder if it’s worth it. We spend so much time trying to work out how to minister to Gen Y that it can feel like we’re forgetting to minister to individuals. To people.
Are these generational boxes actually useful? People talk about the characteristics of Gen Y and how we can use different strategies to take advantage of these qualities. But seriously, how often does putting a generation of people into a box actually help us?
I’m seriously considering putting all this Gen X and Gen Y stuff into a packing box in the back of my head somewhere. Somewhere dark and dusty where I’ll forget I even put it there. I’m increasingly convinced that the whole concept of splitting people into generations has no use what so ever.
Please. Convince me otherwise. Show me how this is not pigeon holing but actually useful. Other wise, I think I’m going to stop caring if I’m Gen X.
Because at the end of the day, I belong not to a generation, but to Christ. If there’s no useful purpose to these generational markers, than they’re just an excuse. They’re a reason not to try and understand someone who’s a different age to you. And if that’s true, then it’s not helping us reach people who need Christ. It’s keeping us away.