Ever since I can remember I have been engulfed in conversations with my older friends and family about how much “my” generation differs from theirs.
Constantly hearing about how easily accessable live music was and how much you could buy for your dollar. My whole life I’ve been told that I’m an old soul and that I didn’t belong in this generation and time frame.
For so long I’ve almost been ashamed to be apart of my own generation, wishing I was born so many years before my time.
It seems like, crime has never been more prevelant, pollution has never been higher and music has never been so expensive and hard to access.
I’ve shared cherrished conversations with my parents living vicriously through their seemingly “care free” days of catching INIX and The Rolling Stones down at the local pub for free and surfing the Northern beaches of Sydney after downing a chicko roll.
But after years of being ashamed of something I can’t control, I started to notice the amazing and heart warming change that I am apart of.
I do believe that times are changing. We are the movement of self love, self care, mental health awareness, health and equality. We are the era of change.
I’m proud because when I catch up with my girlfriends we talk self love and self development. We talk about the good, not the bad, in others. We respect eachother for picking up rubbish and working on ourselves.
More then ever before young people are standing up for what they believe in, what they think is right. Equality. That’s something to be proud of.
I am proud to be apart of a movement that talks about how important your mental health is. Becuase it is, it really is.
My granddfather commited suicide when my Mum was 17 - do you think anybody spoke about what was really going on then? Well, no. They didn’t. It was shunned in society. You were an outcast. Mental health issues weren’t a thing and definitely weren’t validated.
But they are now.
More then ever before there’s more access, funding and conversations about mental health and yes it’s still a huge, if not one of the biggest issues in our society, but there’s change.
The way we view and talk about mental health has changed.
And if you’re reading this and thinking, “I have no idea what she’s talking about, times haven’t changed, things are just as bad as ever” maybe then, you, should be the change.
So whether you’re born in the 70’s, 80’s, 90’s or now. Don’t let your era define you.
Be proud of it, be proud of you.