I watch a lot of eighties movies. That era is known for its carefree lifestyle, wild parties, insane fashion, and ultra emphasis on friends.
I should've been born in the eighties.
I am one of the poor souls trapped in Generation Y. Born in 1999 (a nineties fetus) I've been influenced by both the decade before and the current one. And let me just say, this generation sucks.
Having an intelligent conversation with my peers is like cracking the DaVinci code. All they can talk about is getting money, smoking dope, and pussy pussy pussy. If you don't have the newest Air Jordans, you're not doing much. And if you still don't have the latest iPhone, don't expect to fit in.
Sometimes its hard to even understand what my peers are saying. Words like "thot" and "squally" weren't taught to me in my preschool. And maybe I'm just old fashioned, but my parents taught me better than posting revealing pictures online, throwing my body around, cursing God, and justifying every foolish thing I plan to do with the term, "YOLO."
Instead of young ladies, we are now "boss a** b*thces." Instead of men, they're dogs or better yet, n*ggas.Who cares about the future? Strictly live for today, each and everyday. Who gives a damn about tomorrow when we can turn up today? Am I right?
Basically, I don't fit in here. I'm trapped in a time period that I don't belong in. Fighting to not become a product of my environment is a struggle. Sometimes, it seems like things would be so much easier if I adapted the lifestyle of this fun-loving Generation Y.
Starting in the early 2000's, there has been a sharp increase in crime. Some people my age even remember 9/11. Since then there has been countless shootings, including the Colorado movie theater masacre. In theme with this, television shows have increased their violence. By the age of 10, a child will have witnessed over 1000 murders through entertainment, and countless more acts of violence.
Newfound viruses, cancers, and STD's have run rampt, gripping many loved ones from their place on earth. Divorce rates are at fifty percent, dividing families all over globe. Four out of five teenagers have or regularly smoke marajuana. Nearly nine out of ten smokers will begin before age 18. Suicide takes the lives of about 4,400 people a year and ranks at the top five causes of death in teenagers each year.
With all this going on, you would think families would be helpful for teens to turn to in times of need. Unfortunately, parents only spend an average of 2 hours with their children a week. Some kids have even been abandoned by one or both parents. So we turn to things that'll always be there for us.Violent video-games, explicit music, and graphic media that steals our innocence. I mean, with family and adults who sneer at us, where else is there to turn?
Maybe that slutty girl who posts sexy pictures on Instagram just craves a sliver of attention. Perhaps the guy who steals new shoes from Foot Locker is just dying to feel like he fits in.
Generation Y is a generation of learning. We're all we've got in this world. We've learned to depend on ourselves, lose ourselves in our substances, and block out all the pain we are surronded by.
Survival of the fittest, right?
We're all broken, fragile people. Don't judge the way we stay held together.