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Generation Yuppie

Ever since I was little, I’ve always had an issue with the phrase, “You can be whatever you want to be.” I believe I’ve mentioned that in this blog before, but I’ll use this post to dive into greater detail of where that hatred stems from…

I don’t like this phrase, because I have always felt that it creates a false sense of reality within groups of impressionable minds. If I had a nickle for every time I heard this phrase growing up… let’s just say, this blog wouldn’t exist. I heard this phrase so often during my youth, that if I weren’t naturally such a realist/skeptic, I quite possibly would have believed it. And the only thing worse than adults perpetually regurgitating this phrase are the poor, young and impressionable minds that whole-heartedly believe them.

I know what you’re thinking… “But, Heather… it lifts a child’s spirits, gives them hope and breeds positivity!” Maybe so, in a handful of cases… but the harsh reality is, in most cases, it instills a false sense of reality and a false sense of security, causing those who are told it, to put off hard work while still expecting to reep all of the benefits.

I remember thinking at a young age: “I’ll never tell my kid’s that,” because you can’t solely just “be whatever you want to be.” What you can do, is look inside yourself, and work hard towards achieving your dreams and goals.

The recent article below triggered this post. I think it is a must-read for both the members of my generation, and the baby boomers who raised their kids by sugar-coating how the world works. It’s a pretty easy read, as well:


All in all, I’m sorry if you’re one of the young adults fresh out of college wondering why you’re not making a hundred grand a year, why you’re not an astronaut or why you’re not the chief and editor of a New York fashion magazine, because you feel entitled because you went to college (sometimes), graduated with a 3.0 and are ready to be anything you want to be… your parents lied to you.

3 comments on “Generation Yuppie

  1. Nathan P
    September 17, 2013

    I totally agree with this. I have thought it for a long time as well. Something I saw goes along with this perfectly;

    Mike Rowe (from Dirty Jobs) talks about how the generation(s) of “go find a job you love” like being a artist and how a job like manufacturing or being a plumber is looked down upon, is hurting our society. Its a fantastic 20 minute piece.

  2. Maggie
    October 7, 2013

    Nice post. I’m also a realist and I believe that yes, if you work hard you can reach your goals, but there’s a cap to everything, including goals! I love your mention of college graduates. Toward the end of my capstone class, my professor did a lecture on what to ACTUALLY expect when you graduate as far as how much money you’ll be making and how much of that can realistically be spending money. Honestly, it set the bar low for as to what to expect in an entry-level position and I’m making a tad more than the starting examples she gave us, so I’m happy! If I’d been expecting six figures (or let’s be real, even 50K), I would be VERY disappointed. haha

  3. TK
    October 14, 2013

    I think the phrase “you can be whatever you want to be” has merit within the right context. I always use myself as an example because my dream since middle school has been to be an author. I want to write books for a living. However, I understood in high school that there was a very slim chance I would achieve that dream right away. So, I chose to go to college in a discipline that revolved around writing. This allowed me to find a job soon after college and support myself. In this job, I write, although I rarely do creative writing. Still, I enjoy myself and maintain my original dream.

    If I had a kid, I would tell them they could be whoever they want to be so long as they are willing to work hard and climb up.

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