(Listening to a 1950s music stream.) I may get pepper-sprayed by fellow seniors and assorted boomers, but here goes… I was musing about the news that Disney theme parks have banished selfie sticks. Those millennials… so self absorbed.
Now comes one of those “ah ha” epiphanies? Aren’t we boomers doing “selfies” ad nauseum? At our UNCA senior center, courses on the history of the 60s and rock and roll fill up instantly. It’s all about us, hey! We lived alongside Forest Gump, marched on Washington, sang with Dylan and Baez, championed civil rights, and liberated women (cough, cough.) Then we sold out and got comfortable. Now we drive Priuses, recycle, don’t smoke, eat sensibly and are reversing climate change (gag, cough.) Our obsession with nostalgia is excessive and only interesting to us.
OK, whip out your iPhone and snap 50 million boomers patting ourselves on our backs as we deposit our Social Security checks. Still use a flip phone? You’re excused.
Millennials? We shake our heads at their music – Miley Cyrus and Justin Bieber, texting while driving, not voting, and getting news from Facebook instead of newspapers, working part-time jobs, tattoos, spending all their time on Snapchat, Reddit and Twitter. Why can’t they be more like us? Did I get this right? My sons (just 2 clicks north of millennials) roll their eyes when I start up about our era, our music, our revolutions, our activism, our whatever.
Their selfies and ours – phony tales? Let’s be more honest with ourselves. Our generation made a lot of messes that theirs will have to try to clean up. And, the millennials have a very different world to deal with. Let’s wish them well and help out if we can.