I am a millennial, in all connotations of the word. I grew up in the world of AIM, Myspace and YouTube. I embrace and enjoy all things social. My favorite form of communication is Snapchat where I follow more celebrities than actual friends—OK, maybe that’s a little extreme, but you get my point. I’ve grown up in a generation of instant gratification, but this generation, the one full of technological advancements and revolutionized communication techniques, is the one most criticized for lacking the most innate/basic interaction skills.
We are called selfish and entitled. Time Magazine said, “Millennials have come of age in the era of the quantified self, recording their daily steps on FitBit, their whereabouts every hour of every day on PlaceMe and their genetic data on 23 and Me.” We are the Internet generation. In many ways, I understand where the author of this quote is coming from in their sentiment about my fellow millennials. I see the disconnect they’re talking about when I look around a table of my friends, all scrolling through their Facebook while we’re at dinner. My dad says I’m “addicted” to my phone. I’m not quite sure what the fundamental difference is between our parents’ generation and our own other than a sheer difference of time and technology. However, this primary breach is what sparked the idea for the project I am about to embark upon…
I am currently beginning the final semester of my college career, and one of my class’ essential requirements is to maintain a blog throughout the semester. It can be on any topic of my choosing. It can tell a story, or it can demonstrate subject-matter expertise. Sounds easy, right? At the announcement of this condition I became very nervous for many reasons. First, I am uneasy to actually publish my own writing. I love writing papers for class and I even enjoy the constructive criticism I receive from professors on how to improve in the future; but giving people that I don’t know access to my own written words makes me slightly tense. Additionally, I had absolutely no idea what in the world I was going to write about.
Anyone that knows me would agree that I have many different interests, and I’ve never been pigeon-holed to one “type.” That’s why choosing a topic to write about twice a week for an entire semester seemed daunting at first. I began a lengthy list of potential ideas for the blog, and the more I wrote random things down, the more excited I became. I’ve been mulling over the idea of doing a “do it yourself” blog by taking ideas from Pinterest and actually putting them to test on my blog, and when I mentioned it to one of my roommates she thought it was a great idea and even gave me different options of how to expand upon it. Then, I thought of trying to tie in part of my professional aspirations to the blog. I’m a public relations major, so I couldn’t really see a clear line here, but I wanted to become a subject-matter expert in SOMETHING. That’s when I came to the idea of learning the art of photography.
My mother is an extremely talented photographer, and I came to the conclusion that I would learn from her how to take amazing photographs while documenting my journey on a blog. When I mentioned this to my roommate, Isabelle, she came up with the idea of expanding beyond photography to include things in everyday life—because after all, I am about to truly be living on my own in five short months. “Advice from my mother” was what I would have called this blog, but I felt that was too narrow a title. Instead, I thought of how I ultimately want to connect her generation with mine, and vice versa. She was born in ’61, right at the end of the Baby Boomer generation, arguably one of the more praised generations in comparison with the Millennials. My father was born in ’65, (yeah, mom is a cougar) so he’s up there with her and he’s a super interesting guy too. He’s a beekeeper (how cool?!?). Their’s was the time of great music, great hairstyles and even better movies.
I want to use this blog as a way to “bridge the gap” between our generations. By taking their advice and applying it to what I’m doing today, I’m going to explore topics ranging from cooking to art to beekeeping to even finance. Maybe by imparting a bit of their knowledge to my peers we together may lift the stigma that follows our birthdate.
I am so excited about Bridging the Gap because it combines two things that I’m passionate about—family and learning—and it gives me a chance to share that with others. I want to make it as interactive and fun to read as possible, so I’ll be documenting each topic with pictures and video and I am open to any new ideas for things to learn along the way. (You might be surprised how funny my family can be.) Of course, I will be incorporating social media into the mix with a Snapchat account “bridgingthe_gap.” I will update if there will be any other accounts added to the mix as this moves further.
Join me in this journey, I think it’ll be fun.
Cheers to happiness and kindness,