Seeing past generational labels

Have you ever identified with a generational label? 

There’s “The Greatest Generation,” those who lived through the Great Depression and World War II. Then “The Baby Boomer Generation,” the children of “The Greatest Generation” who lived through the cultural changes of the ’60s and ’70s. And “Generation X and Y,” people in their 20s and 30s who have been described as both ambivalent and ambitious—the “Ys” especially having a penchant for technology. 

To identify with a common group can feel comforting, especially to find that others have lived through the same events and have a shared experience. We might find ourselves saying, “Yes, that’s exactly who I am” or expressing less enthusiasm with, “That’s not me at all!”

Enjoy 1 free Sentinel article or audio program each month, including content from 1898 to today.

We'd love to hear from you!

Easily submit your testimonies, articles, and poems online.