The Depression Generation

Throughout American history, we had names for the new Generations for people growing up. In 1900-1924, it was called the “G.I. Generation”. Following that was the “Silent Generation” of the 1920s, the famous “Baby Boom” of the 1940s and “Generation X” of the 60s. After the “Millennials” of the 2000s we are currently in the “New Silent Generation” or “Generation Z” as some call it. I would like to rename today’s generation as the “Depression Generation”.

What do you notice about today? Wars, high taxes, unemployment, cancer, drugs, death and violence everywhere. Things are bad today and nobody really wants to admit it. Kids are growing up in poverty because of lack of employment. Businesses are cutting huge groups of their employees to save a little money.

God forbid you get sick today. Medical bills are enormous! I was in an ambulance once. They just simply transported me. It wasn’t like they had to resuscitate me on the ride there. That cost about $500, just to take me from my house to the ambulance. I wasn’t on my parents insurance, then who knows how much that would’ve cost me. I probably would’ve taken my chances at home.

Schooling is a joke today. I could get a degree in Business Marketing, spend thousands of dollars and hours achieving that goal and still end up washing dishes at a restaurant, making minimum wage. There are 0 jobs out there anymore.

I got a Creative Writing degree, got A’s in every writing class and have a great talent for writing and when I try and send something out to a publisher they say “by referral only”. This isn’t just for writing; this is something that most businesses today do. You must know someone in order to get the job you want.

I could fill out an application for a minim wage fast food joint and the place will have the audacity to ask me if I know someone that works there. We live in a world where you must know someone in order to succeed. The American Dream is just a dream nowadays.

People my age are extremely stressed out. You got a job that isn’t covering the bills; you got a degree that won’t land you anything, car payments and to top it all, off your mostly alone in this, because everyone else is doing the exact same thing and they can’t help you because they are going through the same thing. People today care about themselves and that’s it. It’s rare to find someone like me who goes out of their way to help others. Personal sacrifice for others apparently isn’t the “thing” to do today.

This isn’t an “Advice” kind of article. I don’t have any advice for people out there because I don’t have an answer. I could roll off a few generic lines like “don’t worry, it’ll work itself out” or “stay positive”. It’s a hard thing to be positive in today. So much goes wrong so fast today.

Am I one of the Depressed? Not really. Granted, things go wrong, but that’s life. Things go wrong, life throws you hurdles and you find a way to get past it. Maybe, that is the advice I could put out there for this article.

Today’s youth is going through a lot. It’s harder to get a job that you can support yourself with. I know people with 2 and 3 jobs and still have a hard time paying their bills. There really isn’t 1 culprit for these problems.

It’s so hard trying to survive in today’s day and age. But, the only thing we can do is try and make it work with what we’re giving to us. We’re not all born with a silver spoon in our mouth. At times you have to fight and claw your way to a successful life. It’s tough, buts it’s the only thing we can do.

Joe Reyes

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2 comments on “The Depression Generation

  1. Hickersonia says:

    I think that the best thing people can do when faced with “underemployment” is to take an honest look at what they need and compare that list with what they’re buying. I’ve met far too many people having major budget struggles (but are at least working) who are paying $100/mo. for cable or satellite television service and $80/mo. for a smartphone plan when they know they spend too much but won’t even consider cutting such things because they’re blinded by their wants.

    Sure, people who can’t find work at all are even in worse shape than that and sometimes they still won’t look at their finances seriously…

    Interesting post, friend.

  2. vukile says:

    I oncee listened to a preacher who called it the Titanic age

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