I follow a blogger who writes about her challenges and opportunities as a 20-something in the workplace. Even though I’m not in her demographic (unless you count my 40-something as two of her 20-somethings), I generally find raw truth in her commentary.
When one of her posts popped up in my feed the other day, I noticed something.
Like me, she had taken an unintended break from blogging.
Like me, she has made major life changes in the past year.
Like me, she has taken a new job in a completely new industry.
Like me, she is discovering the truly important elements of a career.
Sure, she’s half my age and sees life through a lens unclouded by experience and tradition. She’s fighting for recognition and I’ve got a long resume. She has future and I have history.
But you know what? We’re not all that different. In fact, deep down inside, we’re pretty much the same.
We want to make a difference.
We want to love what we do and where and with whom we do it.
We want people to judge us by our abilities and accomplishments, not our age, background, or gender.
What we really want is to be relevant.
So even though her writing centers on generation gaps (I’ll see her Gen Y and raise it my Gen X), reading her commentary constantly reminds me that the only real generation gap is in our minds. People are people. Let’s stop making judgments based on the folds of our skin (I refuse to call those things around my eyes wrinkles) and focus on the folds of our brains and the chambers of our hearts. Age is irrelevant.
**Want to read her blog? Here’s the recent post that had me vigorously nodding my head in agreement: 5 Reasons Why…
And if you just delete the word “older,” you’ll find a guide to interpersonal relations, regardless of gender, HERE.