Millennials Have Bigger Plates Than Previous Generations

Millennials Have Bigger Plates Than Previous Generations

This is not about obesity or newest clean eating craze.

Millennials are have entered, and are rapidly still entering the workforce, or not. Millennials love to define themselves, which is odd considering the term "millennial" wasn't even coined by millennials. It was coined by baby boomers, given to separate generations by years they were born, and as time goes on, characteristics they share.

Millennials have quickly become the most educated and diverse generation, yet people are so quick to say that all they want are participation trophies.

Trophies that we never asked for, and didn't want in the first place.

Having broad general statements about millennials especially ignores the fact that this generation has a vast array of communities and identities in it that other generations did not have.

Furthermore, though millennials have grown up with luxuries such as the internet and more easily attainable education, and better education, that doesn't change the fact that there are new and mounting pressures for the generation to face. Considering millennials the "laziest" generation blatantly ignores the fact that most jobs now require far less manual labor than they did in the times of the greatest or silent generation, and now are more doable out of the office. Email, phone calls, and other documents are able to be handled at home or at a coffee shop now.

Millennials are a generation driven by, well, drive. The "hussle" and the "grind" are typical terms heard among millennials now, who are enrolled in college, had taken multiple AP classes, were involved in sports, band, JROTC, did community service, took foreign languages, studied abroad, and are now either balancing jobs while paying student loans or doing what their own parents told them to do: not grow up too fast. There is nothing wrong with seeing the world you were given to see, or finding a way to lead a meaningful or impactful life. There's nothing wrong with being involved politics, which previous generations seem to love to criticize, since this involvement is in a way they did not expect it to be. There is nothing wrong with feeling like there is always something better you can do, there is always something to gain from seeking improvement.

To claim millennials seek instant gratification and confidence through likes via various social media outlets may be true, but forgets that these social media outlets also spread diversity, acceptance, and new ideas with various body positive movements.

But still, you have individuals who pride themselves on not being millennials, which oddly enough is the very thing that makes them a millennial. An identity that differs from the masses. This generation is incredibly diverse in worldviews, sexuality, genders, and ideas. From what I have observed in the short time I have been alive and the very small amount of people I have met, millennials are probably faced with some of the most daunting tasks yet: to fix an economy they had nothing to do with, to save the planet, to find the cure to diseases such as AIDs, to decide what is morally right or wrong in ways that didn't exist for previous generations (abortions, gay marriage, transgender rights etc.), to fight what they think is right that goes against decades of racism, sexism, and misogyny, and furthermore, to deal with the everalsting criticism of previous generations, and those who while being very millennial themselves, saying they are not a millennial, and do not believe special snowflakes, while in turn being one themselves.

Millennials are not currently romanticized in ways that prior generations are, such as the 80's with great music, movies, and abundant drug use, or the 40's and 50's with good old American values (excluding racism obviously). Millennials romanticize their own generation, with Saturday morning cartoons, Third Eye Blind, and Polaroid cameras, all while inventing a code that can do their 9-5 and stare at a computer screen all day style of job. There's nothing wrong with that, and there never will be anything wrong with that. Call it becoming "soft" or realizing there are problems that need to be fixed, and fixing them as opposed to saying "boys will be boys" or "that's the way it's always been"- because that's not the way it always has to, or needs to be.

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17 Empowering Bible Verses For Women

You go, girl.

We all have those days where we let the negative thoughts that we're "not good enough," "not pretty enough" or "not smart enough" invade our minds. It's easy to lose hope in these situations and to feel like it would be easier to just give up. However, the Bible reminds us that these things that we tell ourselves are not true and it gives us the affirmations that we need. Let these verses give you the power and motivation that you're lacking.

1. Proverbs 31:25

"She is clothed with strength and dignity and she laughs without fear of the future."

2. Psalm 46:5

"God is within her, she will not fall."

3. Luke 1:45

"Blessed is she who believed that the Lord would fulfill His promises to her."

4. Proverbs 31:17

"She is energetic and strong, a hard worker."

5. Psalm 28:7

"The Lord is my strength and my shield."

6. Proverbs 11:16

"A gracious woman gains respect, but ruthless men gain only wealth."

7. Joshua 1:9

"Be strong and courageous! Do not be afraid or discouraged. For the Lord your God is with you wherever you go."

8. Proverbs 31:30

"Charm is deceptive, and beauty does not last; but a woman who fears the Lord will be greatly praised."

9. 1 Corinthians 15:10

"By the grace of God, I am what I am."

10. Proverbs 31:26

"When she speaks, her words are wise, and she gives instructions with kindness."

11. Psalm 139:14

"I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made."

12. 1 Peter 3:3-4

"Don't be concerned about the outward beauty of fancy hairstyles, expensive jewelry, or beautiful clothes. You should clothe yourselves instead with the beauty that comes from within, the unfading beauty of a gentle and quiet spirit, which is so precious to God."

13. Colossians 2:10

"And in Christ you have been brought to fullness."

14. 2 Timothy 1:7

"For God has not given us a spirit of fear and timidity, but of power, love, and self-discipline."

15. Jeremiah 29:11

"'For I know the plans I have for you,' says the Lord. 'They are plans for good and not for disaster, to give you a future and a hope.'"

16. Exodus 14:14

"The Lord himself will fight for you. Just stay calm."

17. Song of Songs 4:7

"You are altogether beautiful, my darling, beautiful in every way."

Next time you're feeling discouraged or weak, come back to these verses and use them to give you the strength and power that you need to conquer your battles.

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I Won't Forgive The Anti-Semitic Students Of Spain Park, Not Yet

Maybe it isn't time for an apology.


I am Jewish. It is something I have never been afraid of and something I value as much in life as I do with my family and friends. Throughout my life, though I have witnessed hate of the Jewish people and jokes made about Jewish people.

In high school, I had to listen to jokes about Jews and the gas chambers and was asked because I was Jewish if I could do someone else's math homework.

To say I had to deal with anti-Semitism in the South does not come close to describing what I had to go through. As time went by the jokes stopped and I thought I would not have to deal with instances of prejudice or bigotry but I was wrong. Growing up as one of the only Jewish people in my friend group and in high school it made me consider myself strong and ready for college but in my freshman year I had to go through other jokes about my religion and even in sophomore year had to witness someone I thought was my friend make a joke about my religion because "he thought it was funny."

I let the instances of anti-Semitism serve as times when I could prove people wrong I learned to forgive and forget.

But I had to witness other acts of hate towards Judaism while in college. From swastikas on a fraternity house, a synagogue shooting, the BDS movement and more hate speech, the hate towards Jews have seemed to grow and I do not understand why. I get hurt each time I hear of an instance but it has not allowed me to view my Judaism any differently. However, there was an occurrence that has affected me in a different way.

It happened in my home state and it has not sat well with me.

On Monday a video surfaced of multiple high school students making anti-Semitic and anti-Black comments. The video featured a guy turning around the camera multiple times to show he was laughing and thought it was funny while others made comments about concentration camps, what would happen if Jews ruled the world and asking what the world would be like without the Holocaust. The students were from Spain Park in Birmingham and have gathered quite a reputation online.

To say I am filled with anger, disappointment, and embarrassment is an understatement.

This is my home state and these students are not only disrespecting the Jewish and Black people in the state of Alabama but throughout the US and possibly even in the world. I am hurt by this instance but I am not ready to forgive these students just yet.

After the video was leaked online some of the students sent messages to the person who uploaded the video apologizing. That I took as a mature gesture until I read the apology from the girl in the video. The apology asked if the user could remove the video because it would ruin her life and reputation. It was later found out that the female student is the daughter of the manager of the Toyota dealership in Hoover after the manager posted an apology.

Any remorse I had going for these students was now gone.

They were not sorry. They were sorry that they got caught and were facing consequences. They gave the apology that your parents made you say when you did not want to apologize. They did not care about who they had harmed or what they had said, they cared because they had to face consequences and they know that this mistake would follow them for the rest of their life.

I'm at a loss for words.

I don't know how to feel. I know someone will tell me I am overreacting but how am I supposed to approach this? What they said was wrong and there is no proper way to express frustration for it. I know people get offended by certain things but some things are not meant to be a joke. So I hope what you said was worth it and was fun to say because it will follow you for the rest of your life. Some lessons are best-learned overtime and it looks like you will have a chance to reflect on these events.

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