Are GenXers really cynical?

Check out this instructive blog post  written by Obsidian, an African-American male GenXer known throughout the blogosphere for his biting and provocative commentary on relationships, race, class, education, and politics/current events.  I encourage you to read this post because it tells a pretty compelling story about the good, bad and ugly influences on our cohort, leading to widely held assumptions that GenXers are cynical and unwilling to stick things out as our parents and grandparents did.

As is widely known about GenXers, we were constantly bombarded by conflicting messages.  What we heard from our parents and grandparents did not line up with what we were seeing, hearing and experiencing as we came of age.  Let’s face it.  A lot of this was a bitter pill to swallow, and left many of us asking, was it all worth it, and why did they lie to us?    

In 2010, many of us are either in our early 40s or somewhere north of 30 and have lived enough life at this point to be able to reflect on how impactful these influences were on our own personal choices.  So.  To those of you who are GenXers reading this post, I have three questions for you:

  1. Do you consider yourself cynical and why?
  2. Do you think the second half of your life will be markedly different than your life when you were younger? If so, why?  If not, why not?
  3. Did you have a “lightbulb” moment?  If you did, how old were you and what did it force you to do or change as a result?

 Speak your piece.

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