Yes, I am… Generation X that is
Generation X or Gen X’s were born after the Baby Boomers and before the Millennials.
There are no exact dates to define the start and end of Generation X although we generally use the birth years ranging from the early to mid 1960’s through to the late 1970’s to early 1980’s
The term “Generation X” has been used at times to describe an alienated youth., while the “X” refers to an unknown variable or to a desire not to be defined.
We were children at a time when society focused on adults rather than children, As teenagers our lives were overshadowed by ever-increasing divorce rates, broken families and we grew up with significantly less adult supervision than ever before. Kids who came home to an empty house who were unsupervised until a parent returned home from work were described as ‘latch-key kids’.
Interestingly, when I started school it was more or less expected that women would be stay-at-home mums who would take responsibility for managing the household and organising the family. In fact, whenever asked, I would actually tell people
‘I want to be a mum’
Fast forward 12 years and wtf? Now I’m expected to be super-mum and have a career as well.
Of course, another constant was the threat of nuclear war – WW3 was going to be the war to end all wars and it was inevitable that they would someday ‘drop The Bomb’, which just added to the eternal ‘doomsday’ predictions.
The approaching new millennium proved to be an uneasy time for most. Who could forget Y2K? With computer systems that were unable to cope with a date change from 19XX to 20XX.
These are just some of the reasons why many Gen Xer’s lived by the following motto.
“We’re here for a good time, Not a long time”
So, exactly what did we want to be when we grew up?
The answer was actually quite simple – we just wanted to be happy!
Anyway, thanks again for reading and as always…
Live life with Love, Love Life and Live