The older generation would have us believe that we are the worst generation so far. We have no respect for tradition, we live flimsy lives dictated by social media, our marriages are failing, we are unable to form long-lasting relationships, and what not. But take heart, that is not the complete picture. We may be busy in our fast-paced lives, divorce rates are certainly higher today than they were back in our parents’ time. But things are not as bad as they look. We are the generation with an opinion and a will. We are not as dictated by convention as our parents were. We are successfully abandoning the log-kya-kahenge syndrome to do what makes us happy. Here are 10 reasons why today’s generation has figured out life a little better than the previous generation.
1. We Have The Freedom To Choose Our Careers
Unlike the previous generation, we have the liberty to choose our professions without much resistance from parents or society. We can change jobs as we like, and not remain stuck up in one single job only because it provided financial stability which was top priority a few decades back when one person supported the entire family. Even the sharmaji-ka-beta syndrome that has been forcibly making engineers out of an entire population has its origins in the previous generation, not ours.
2. And Our Partners
They say our marriages don’t last, they say we don’t know how to love, they say we are flimsy. While we agree that old-school romance is at a dying stage, the reason for failed marriages is not because this generation doesn’t value relationships. It’s because this generation doesn’t drag loveless relationships. Better to move on than to remain unhappy in a loveless constricting relationship.
3. Marriage Today Is A Friendship Between Equals, And Not The End Of Fun
Of course, there still are unequal marriages, sexist customs, gender discrimination, but all that is changing, one step at a time. This generation largely believes in equality in love. The average young male of India gives equal respect to his wife and doesn’t consider her inferior. Marriage is more of a friendship between equals today, as compared to the unbalanced power equation of yesteryears.
Marriage no longer spells end of a fun and happening life today. Young married couples go out, party, drink, basically behave like any other group of youngsters having fun. And they are not in a rush to have children either – the focus is more on bonding with each other, and living out your life before you are ready to take on a bigger responsibility.
4. We Are Financially Much More Independent
Call it a by-product of the booming economy or the fact that every member of the family earns today, we have greater financial independence today. And we choose experiences over money. This generation is not squeamish about spending. As they say, if you are saving in your twenties, you are not doing it right. Be it shopping online for our favourite branded shoes, or dining in a facy restaurant after a tiring day at office, we have the means to do what makes us happy — financial and social. The older generation might have stuck it out better, but truth is emotional frustration and boredom affected them too. And instead of piling it inside, this generation chooses to let it out.
5. We Don’t Give A Damn To ‘Log Kya Kahenge’
The one thing that is changing for the better is a disregard of what the society thinks. We don’t sacrifice our happiness for fear of what the society will think. One thing that drove our parents and most of their decisions was the omnipresent “log kya sochenge”. Thankfully, the modern generation has been able to overcome this fear to a large extent. While, of course, what the society thinks does reflect in some of our choices, but we are not driven by it. The fear of society has crushed many a dream, ruined lives, and pushed a whole generation into unhappiness, mediocrity, and suffocation. Glad that this generation is finally putting an end to it.
6. The Young Generation Is Much More Tolerant Of Religious And Ethnic Differences
While regressive beliefs related to gender roles, religion, and tradition still exist largely in today’s society, it’s refreshing to see the young educated Indian rejecting them. Young adults today are much more accepting of differences in race, religion, ethnicity, and class. We are not afraid to marry in a different community or class. Because the only thing that matters are people, and this generation has realized it all too well.
7. Getting A Job Is Not As Difficult As It Was Back In Our Parents’ Time
Thanks to technology and globalisation, getting a job is not as back-breaking as it was our parents’ time. No roaming the city in the harsh sun, CV tucked under your arm. A simple upload on job portals like naukri.com or a call to a job consultant, you may as well sip chilled beer while looking for a job. With the mushrooming of countless companies, even job insecurity is no reason to worry. The opportunity for growth is immense.
8. Work Is More Fun These Days
The environment in offices is a lot more chilled out today. Team lunches, casual dressing, offsites, an informal non-hierarchal code of conduct – working today is a lot more easier and exciting than it was in our parents’ time. Of course, it’s not true for every profession today, but office culture as a whole has become considerably cooler these days as compared to the babu culture of the previous era.
9. We Travel For Ourselves
Today, more and more people are travelling for leisure. Travelling no longer means a 3-day trip to Shimla or Nainital in the summer holidays with family, like it was in the nineties. The young generation wants to explore, travel http://www.mensxp.com/relationships/better-partner/26129-10-reasons-why-every-girl-should-date-a-guy-who-travels.html , meet new people, and subject itself to new experiences. Travelling as a means of experiencing the world has really gained as a concept.
10. We Have A Life Outside The Family
It might sound selfish to some, but believe it or not, having a life outside the family really helps one achieve a balance in life. We couldn’t choose our family or relatives, but we can choose our friends, and this generation prioritises friendships much higher than the old one. We have our own family of friends who we turn to in good and bad times.
One fact that cannot be denied is that every generation will be better than the previous generation. That is a natural outcome of evolution and that is how it should be.
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