Here's something I'd like to hear about from you, especially given that we're in "birthday season": do you feel part of a particular generation, and if so, why?
I'm 43 and while I didn't used to feel this way, I now feel very much a part of Generation X. In my 20s, it seemed that being Gen X was about being a slacker, and liking grunge music. I wasn't, and didn't. But I graduated high school the year "The Breakfast Club" came out, and dang if I didn't get a serious case of the torn-ups when John Hughes died last summer. Ask me to think of a bad-ass high school girl and I think Veronica Sawyer, not Buffy. You can reduce me to helpless giggles at any moment by saying, "As God is my witness, I thought turkeys could fly."
There's a psychological as well as a pop-cultural component of being a Gen-Xer too, of course, but that's harder to write about. Unlike a lot of my generation -- at least as the official story of us goes -- I didn't feel alienated from the work world. Within a few months after college I had a job in theater management with good prospects, and throughout my 20s I almost always worked second jobs or attended classes in the evenings. But I do feel there's a certain quality of skepticism about Gen X, and I share that.
What's your generation? Do you identify with it?
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