I was born at the tail end of the 70s, so I’m a bit too young to remember much about Generation X. What I remember is being a kid around Generation X because I have a considerably older sibling. To add to that, my childhood home was full of older folks; I was always the youngest in the room. This was fairly annoying, because I rarely had anyone to talk to when my friends weren’t around. Instead of talking, I observed, I listened and I absorbed.
Today, when I listen to a good Duran Duran song, I remember what it was like to be a little kid. If I close my eyes I can remember being shorter, naive and the most creative I’ll ever be. It’s crazy how music can transport you, not only to a different place, but also to a completely different time. Nowadays, when Gen Xers get together and talk about the pop culture of their adolescence, I can relate. The only difference is that, for me, that was the pop culture of my early childhood, a time when I didn’t know that boys were anything other than annoying and when I thought I was going to grow up to be Scarlett from G.I. Joe.
If I’m an outsider to Generation X, then I must be a Millennial, right? It seems logical that I’d belong there, but it’s not as clear-cut as one might think. Different sources have different dates defining the beginning and end years of a generation. Some say that the cut off for Generation X is 1976, others say it’s 1979, and still others 1980-1983. There’s a lot of time there, between 1976 and 1983. It’s almost an entire decade, and I was born within that time frame, during that almost-decade. I’m sure a lot of us were.
What I’m thinking is that we should ban together. I mean, why not? Why must we be the bastard generation without a home? I suppose it’s all a matter of perspective and maybe it’s not as bad as it seems, but why shouldn’t those of us born between 1976 and 1983 claim our proper place in history? We are that smattering of awesome, that catalyst for change. We saw the future and we made ourselves at home during a time when email was “for geeks and pedophiles.”
We are the Millennial Creepers. We consider ditching cable on a daily basis, but we still don’t know what to do with our old CDs. We stream all our movies and we don’t understand why we ever bought DVDs to begin with. The Spawn remember cassettes and records like a dream we had once, fuzzy and surreal. We grew up with video games and the Internet. We had buddy lists and AIM accounts when we were kids. We were invited to beta test Gmail and we probably had Startac phones.
We were the first to plug ourselves in, but ultimately, who knows if that was a good or bad decision.
Still convinced you’re a Gen Xer? Watch this video. If life as a Millennial sounds like every day to you, but you’re still old enough to know whose phone number is 867-5309, you might be a Millennial Creeper. If you debated continuing life without a landline for weeks and then decided the responsible thing would be to have a home phone, you’re one of us. Check it out and you tell me: