But why aren’t they as pissed off as Gen X or as confident as Millennials?Are they luckier than both the preceding and following generations? I take online quizzes, like Pew Research Center’s “How Millennial Are You?
I remember looking back on the early Clinton years, that prosperous era of my childhood, and laughing; it all seemed so mild, so antic and fraught. Our political coming of age, the first decade of the aughts, was a scathing corridor of division, total war politics, karmic letdowns, and Dick Cheney, begetting a cynicism that made the ennui of the 90s look like kitty-petting time in marshmallow land.Between Generation X and the Millennials, there’s a group of people currently in their late 20s and early 30s who don’t identify with either label.We call them the Xennials—a micro-generation that serves as a bridge between the disaffection of Gen X and the blithe optimism of Millennials.Still, I’d argue that those of us in between X and Millennial got some of the best of both worlds; we lucked out on history’s unwind.
We adapted easily to technological advances but weren’t as beholden to them as our juniors.At the same time, Nirvana was already playing on classic rock stations and statues of Tupac were being erected around the world.