Being young is very hard. Being old is also very hard. There are certain struggles that come with any age: dating, school, PTA, grand kids, or endless burying a loved one. There is no age group that has it better or worse then another.
I personally know I get crapped on all the time because I am a dreaded Millennial. Why does my age have to alter the way you perceive me? Why do you have to act like I’m incapable or hard work, based off the fact that SOME millennials do not? Here are my 3 thoughts on judgment and age.
Ageism Is Real Y’all
NEWSFLASH: you can be discriminating against someone that has nothing to do with race. If you do not know what this is, lemme give ya the definition.
“Ageism (also spelled “agism”) is stereotyping and discriminating against individuals or groups on the basis of their age.”
Do you think older people aren’t necessarily valuable employees? You might be an ageist.
Do you think all millennials are lazy cry babies? You might be an ageist.
Your Time Has No More Value Then Anyone Else’s
I get so fired up when people imply they have more going on in their lives then others, or that their time is more precious then someones. If you are busy and cannot get things done that is your CHOICE. If you have work to do, do it first and then go out with your friends,not party first work second. If someone else of a different age chooses to spend their weekends relaxing at home, and working it is their choice. Don’t blame your choices on why you did not accomplish something, or say ” they have less going on”. Sorry dude, you can sit your ass at home and get things done, instead of going out every night. You choose to be as busy as you allow yourself to be.
Assuming You Have It Harder Than Someone Else
With every age there are different struggles, but someone older or younger could be facing the same thing. Say you are in your 30’s and a single mom. There are struggles that you are going through that a 17 year old single mom could be facing at the same time. Don’t say she has it easier because she is 17, y’all are in the same place. Same thing with someone with a mortgage and family complaining that a 20 something has it ” so easy”. You don’t know their struggles with rent, car payments, etc. Heck they could have a mortgage too, you do not know.
Bottom line: stop being an ageist. No age has it better then another, unless you are a toddler, they have it made.