The graphic above can be found on the web in varied forms, this just happens to be mine. It's not particularly original, but it's a sentiment that seems to be shared by many today.
I hear (and sometimes lament) the criticism of people who are a tad younger than I, the "Millennials", and I hear many words for the general attitude. I think these are highly stereotypical terms and not worth much. Some older people say that Millennials are shallow or too-deep, socially conscious but to a fault and they are often made fun of for wanting live live their dreams young. Granted, I do think there is such a thing as being too shallow or so socially conscious that you can lose sight of living your life. I think there can be a selfishness in trying to have it all at a young age, but mind you, only when "having it all" means you are taking it away from someone else or causing pain/harm to others. I have seen some situations like this, where a very young person gets married, has babies, gets a few rescue pets and then dumps the whole crew on their parents while they jaunt off to follow their new bliss. That's bad form at any age.
Overall, though, every person is just trying to find their way through things. It doesn't matter if you are 19 or 91, I still believe you should just be the best you that is possible today. (For me sometimes that means just not hitting anyone today and preferably not soiling the seat of a friend's car.)
Another accusation I see made a lot is that young people overshare in person or on the internet, that they give out Too Much Information or that they want to talk way too much about depressing things. It was me thinking about this than prompted today's post.
I do get the idea behind the TMI argument. Some people (no particular age) are constantly busy taking pictures with their phones, posting their lunch to Instagram or sharing their co-worker's boyfriend trouble on Facebook.
I also know that there is a kind of movement today among comedians, and the idea is to go out there and share something meaningful instead of just being funny. One comedian I watched recently didn't even do comedy, really, it was just a public rant.
Are these things bad? Should we discourage over-sharing? Should we discourage the trend to turn entertainment into a statement?
Nahhh. For one thing, whether it's the teen on social media or the famous person giving a speech, if they bore people long enough they'll disappear on their own. If they aren't boring, they will grab attention for some reason. Personally, I'd rather grab attention by being either funny or meaningful or both. Both can be the BEST! (Jenny Larson AKA The Bloggess always comes to mind here. Tig Notaro is another who does. These are two different but amazing funny ladies who help others and make people laugh all at once!) There are many ways to talk about depression and mental illness and by doing so , help other people. I hope to tell some funny stories about my own mental illness on this blog, and some of them are damn funny now but were horrifying to me when they happened.
If someone manages to grab attention, even if it is because they anger people, then perhaps they are saying something that needs to be said. As long as they hold the attention of others, there must be something there of value to someone. So, I'm going to quit worrying about what I do and what other people do. I'm going to be MY real self as best I can and I hope eventually people might want to read it and find it useful or entertaining or both. If not, I'm journaling for my health! As far as what other people do, not all will be successful just because they grab attention. I can think of a couple of comedians who have just gone out of favor because they were so extreme that it went poorly for them. That's OK too, they will have to find their own way back to the limelight or off to some quiet space. Let them!
That's my rambling answer to my own question of the day. Go get some chocolate or some booze or some tea or a kale smoothie and enjoy the rest of yours! Be yourself!
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