If you type the term “Millennials” into any search engine you will be stunned by the number of articles and studies published on this topic. The variety of topics related to this generation is truly amazing, but among those one is particularly interesting – Millennials as adults. We have to face the fact that this generation (usually taken as those born between 1980 and 1995) is now slowly reaching the point of entering adulthood. However, not a lot of Millennials are following in the footsteps of their parents – most Millennials are not homeowners, are not married, and find that saving money for retirement is only a daydream. Does this mean that Millennials are refusing to grow up, or are we going to be introduced to a new and improved version of adulthood, powered by Millennials?
This past August I was on a journey from Prague to Vienna, and I learned a valuable lesson in life that I have tried to implement time and again since: “Seek first to understand, then to be understood.”
Starting in the 1970s, young men filled with a lot of negative energy and hate began looking for ways to release it. They gathered in pubs or city centers. They shared the same taste in music and clothing, and a passion for their beloved football clubs. Now these men are fathers and grandfathers. Their lives are no longer filled with the passions of 1970s. But their youth was driven by those passions, and those memories from the past have followed them through their entire lives.