Today, our friends give us their take on a phrase that’s been going around.
Millie: Pretty excited to get right into it with you today.
Boo: Ha ha, I’m happy to see you too. But I assume it isn’t because I brought the Cinnamon Altoids.
Millie: You always bring them. So, no. I am just so curious to know what you think about this whole “Ok, Boomer” thing!
Boo: Well, on a personal level, you know I never see myself as a stereotypical anything. I live to defy labels. When I choose my friends, the last thing I consider is when they were born.
Millie: This I know!
Boo: To me, there’s no generalization I’m willing to make about a so-called Boomer, Millennial, Gen X or Y or Zer. I want to know who people are and get a sense of what they value.
Millie: Yeah, I agree with that totally. But we can’t deny that there’s a lot of frustration around big issues like financial inequality and the environment. And it’s easy for people to use dismissive remarks or viral technology tools to lash out when they feel disadvantaged and unheard–big decisions were made that affect their reality and they feel they had no say in them.
Boo: Who would deny that? People have always been upset about big decisions that affect them without their input. The old taxation without representation thing, right?
Millie: Yes, my history-nerd friend.
Boo: That’s a label I’ll wear with pride.
Millie: Me too!
Boo: But the idea that every Boomer has the same background, has made the same choices and has the same blindspots? Let’s get off that bus.
Millie: Well, same for other generations–whether it’s Millennials or a “Gen with a letter”– all the same habits, concerns and behavioral patterns? Come on…
Boo: Obviously we all have more in common than the things that separate us, but one thing I have been thinking about in the wake of all this is that we’re not talking enough.
Millie: What do you mean?
Boo: Real conversations. People coming together to communicate. Beyond the hashtag.
Millie: I think it’s true. After hanging out with you and having a real conversation I have very little desire to make you into a meme.
Boo: Why, thank you.
Millie: Ok, Boomer.
Boo: Ha, ha!
At Amava, we believe that age does not define us. We favor actual interactions and honest relationships over clichés like the one about Millennials and Baby Boomers being at odds, at cultural loggerheads or at war. In real life, Millie & Boo are at the café enjoying one another’s company. The Millennial and Boomer (get it?) are two friends having conversations about things that matter—work, social issues, money, relationships, travel and more. They were nice enough to write some of it down for us so you can be entertained and perhaps enlightened by their sharing and comparing. We hope it inspires you to start conversations of your own.