Monday, December 12, 2005

Generations X and Y suffer boomer-angst

CHICAGO :Abby Lovett's friends would die laughing if they heard her. Here she is in her office at a Chicago advertising agency, the place she spends many a night and weekend, loudly proclaiming that people in her generation need to work less than their baby boomer parents have. Sure, she's putting in more than 50 hours a week to establish her career. But in her heart, Miss Lovett knows she'll end up miserable if she doesn't eventually find a little balance. To her and many other young adults, "having it all" quickly is becoming a myth, not the mantra it was for boomers who left behind their protest signs and tie dye to climb the corporate ladder."No one is happy. Everyone is overworked, overstressed. No one's spending the kind of time that they want with their kids or their spouses or partners. And I think part of that can be attributed to the boomers," says Miss Lovett, 27. You could call it "boomer backlash," or just high anxiety. But as the first of the baby boomers turn 60 next year, it's one of many ways that young adults are feeling conflicted about their graying elders. They both love boomers and love to hate them. They see a talented, successful and outspoken generation that also can be hopelessly dismissive and self-absorbed.They are awed and sometimes intimidated by baby boomers' accomplishments and a generation so larger than life that some of its most famous members are known by only one name,Madonna, Oprah, Bono or nicknames such as "W" and "The Donald." .......

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Blogger weebillymurray said...

I JUST WANT TO SAY THAT I ADMIRE THE COURAGE YOU HAVE TO FOLLOW YOUR HEART AND FIGHT FOR TRUTH.

IF YOU KEEP DOING WHAT YOUR DOING, YOU WILL KEEP GETTING WHAT YOUR GETTING

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