Millennials, the hopeless generation where the older generations shook their heads and look down upon.
The generation full of narcissists and ignorant youths, feeding on social acceptance and if you were to actually Google "death by taking selfie", there's an actual list of people dying from it.
Welcome to the 21st century people.
Well I won’t deny; depression rates are indeed getting higher due to youths thinking they are never good enough, because how can you be good enough as compared to a filtered version of yourself with thinner face, flawless skin and bigger eyes. We are made to believe that we are ugly hence we need these filters. Standards of beauty is asking so much of little girls – you can't be too skinny, you can't be too chubby, you need to be bustier, you would be sexier if you had an ass, you wear too much makeup. The list never ends.
The internet is a great place, thank god Google exists (trust me we are more reliant on it than you think), Skype to make communications a heck easier, and YouTube that has become one of our essential routine before falling asleep at night. But who would have thought internet could also be the cause of attempting suicide, broken self-esteem and even death.
Words came out too easily online thanks to anonymity. We throw all responsibilities aside and openly criticize, unaware that people are literally spiralling down to depression and even committing suicide over the words you typed, especially the younger ones. But it's alright, right? It's not our fault, we have freedom of speech to say what we like. They just takes those words a little too seriously. It's not our fault that they're weak, right?
Love comes easy in our generation. Maybe a little too easy, that we forget the sincerity of dates and late-night calls. We no longer need to practice those lines in front of a mirror before a date like how people used to do, I mean, just a simple swipe to the right and a sleazy pick-up line would do the trick. Times have changed. Right?
We jump right into sexual pleasures to satisfy our temporary surface needs because although we hate to admit it, we are lonely sometimes. We just don’t know how to deal with our loneliness. Perhaps we are lost. Physical touch no longer holds a deep connection, we are barely just using each other’s bodies to satisfy our sexual needs, but too afraid to build a relationship the morning after, because we are not ready for commitments, not ready to love, not ready to let down those walls and show the rawest side of ourselves in the fear of judgements, oh you know it. And what's easier than just disappearing, pretending nothing actually happened. Well, since we are already satisfied.
Everyone has their own version of stories that had once left us broken, and what do broken people do best? We seek for comfort, the easiest form of comfort in any way, until we get hurt again for another good 5 more times before turning ourselves into the ones hurting other people instead. How can a culture of casual hook-ups know the feeling of affections when we are already doing it willy-nilly as we play Truth or Dare with a group of friends, how would we know, right?
I get it. Sounds pretty much like we are a hopeless generation that only a miracle could save. But enough of shaming our generation like we don’t already know it. Here’s the plot twist you have all been waiting for - Yea we may be flawed, we may be broken in one way or another or ruin the means of EVERYTHING that comes in our way, but that’s the beauty of it, we learn the hard way.
We learn to appreciate ourselves.
Because standards of beauty had left many of us starving and depressed, we learn to overcome that by spreading positivity to embrace and appreciate our body types and skin colours.
We are halfway there trust me, although not a hundred percent, but we are making progress. With empowering books by writers such as Rupi Kuar and Sophia Amoruso as well as heartfelt controversial videos on YouTube, we are learning to appreciate ourselves more and will continue building each other up because well,
we know how it feels to once hate our own skin.
We learn to recognise mental disorders.
Speaking of depression and eating disorders, yes numbers are growing on depression rates and other mental health issues like anxiety and ED. But through all these, we learn the need to recognise mental illness and address them, making videos to reach people who had fallen into their own pit of despair, we even turn suicide hotlines into a song (1-800-273-8255 - Logic) to potentially save someone else’s life out there. People are well educated on stuff like these today, or at least better than before.
Because we know how it feels like to fall in our own pit of despair.
We learn to love ourselves more .
Although love has failed us and there’s no way to turn the casual hook up and ghosting culture around, instead, we learn to love ourselves better.
We go on solo trips, explore things that we didn't know we liked before, for once taking good care of our bodies, and spending quality time with our friends and family instead of waiting around for a hopeless romance to come by. You’ll be surprised on how happy you will be.
However good thing is, we are a generation of open minds when it comes to love. We inspire a community that finally came out after being in the closet for their entire life. We supported and legalised gay marriage which is a huge step in the LGBT community and is working in progress to legalize it in many more states and countries to come. Seeing people finally able to love openly and freely, how does that not make you smile. :)
We aren't that bad afterall.
I know. We may be a stupid generation that dies from taking selfies but you got to trust us in this. We will be the ones starting a revolution, and you may not agree with us in the way we are doing it, but success comes around in many directions, maybe ours is just different from the traditional path that you are used to seeing, but it all eventually leads to a change, a revolution, a good cause. Many of us are full of hopes and dreams, be it saving the environment or inventing a pizza machine, we will get there, and we just need someone out there to believe in us.
Just 1 person believing in some crazy young kid could actually create miracles.