It’s a constant, nagging reminder: you’re young, therefore you know less, do less, care less, respect less. Allegedly.

Probably not a day goes by where I’m not reminded of my age, and not just in the sense that I still get asked for I.D. when buying alcohol.

I also experience a lot of “You’re so young” kind of comments in a professional sense, and I always have. That’s okay—I learn a lot from those around me and those I come in contact with. It’s like my very own textbook that’s updated in real-time.  I get to power myself up with knowledge and arm myself with experience as I go along.

But the hardest part is being in a world where—for some unknown or logical reason—age is an indicator of how much you actually understand the world around you, your ability to do your job, and apparently how much you care about others.

Frankly, it’s illogical and derogatory, but that’s not the point of this post. It’s to express to millennials that there’s a reason we are so constantly reminded of our age, and that’s that there is a lurking sense of insecurity in the community expressing it.

I’m a millennial, so what?

I actually hate the word. I shudder hearing it. Millennial. But it’s what I am, and probably what those reading this post are too.

Millennials are considered to be those born between 1982 and 2004. Bummer, I know, but don’t sweat it guys. It just means we’ve still got that youthful glow and ambitious mind. It doesn’t mean you comprehend less or have a lack of respect for the rest of the world around you.

 

 

Here’s what it does mean though: it means you’re still on a journey of learning; that you’re still trying to come to grips on what your true goals are and how you can achieve them. You’re going through ups and downs of creating and establishing a career, settling down with a new family at hand, or just finishing up with your further education. You’re still beginning your life, really, and that’s okay.

Baby Boomers, we respect you

I can’t remember a week where I haven’t, in some way or another, been reminded of my age. When you dabble in an industry that’s predominately run by those with tons of experience—primarily in traditional media—it’s one of those things you just have to get used to.

While it can be annoying to consider that perhaps people genuinely think I’m not cut out for the real world, I’m starting to gain more perspective on why this is even a notion at all. For me, it’s that suddenly, millennials have become so driven by career goals and paving the path of new industries, that older generations almost don’t know how to handle it.

 

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I’m not insulting Baby Boomers or other generations. That’s not what I’m doing here. I’m just trying to bridge the gaps.

For us millennials, it’s easy to take it all as hurtful, demeaning and unnecessary. But in the end, we need to stop and think about the bigger picture. All of a sudden, there are millennials driving around in Lamborghinis and Mark Zuckerbergs founding multi-billion dollar enterprises. There are fintech industries and app empires emerging—run by those in their 20s and 30s—and there’s marketing companies popping up that have been formed by those fresh out of university.

What a time to be alive

It comes down to just not sweating it, guys. There is a social shift taking place, and in the end, we’re all just trying to find out place in it.

And to those Baby Boomers out there reading this, just know this: we’re just here to have a good time and make the most of our own dreams. You never know, you may just learn a thing or two from us as well.

Stay true, stay humble and stay ambitious. It doesn’t matter what age you achieve your goals, it just matters that you achieve them at all.

 

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