This is the image that came up when I google image searched the word "Millennials".
I'm firmly a GEN-X person. Many of the users on this site have parents or older relatives my age. I'm still a bit young to be a grand parent of a teen.
I don't want this to be a lecture. I really like you all. You have taken a lot of great things my generation did and maximized them. You are truly a digital generation and I think that's excellent. I like that you have many places you can express yourselves and gain acceptance from a community.
I am sorry many of you came of age hard hit by the economy, namely the recession. I had some glory days before then. It's been hard for a lot of people in my generation to recover - we were in the right place at the wrong time. But I see a lot of you making the best of it and working out how to have the things you need in life. That's a testament to the energy and hopefulness of youth.
I am really proud of you for taking some of this issues the previous two generations felt passionate about and radically redefined a number of things and pushed a very worthy agenda forward. When around me it looks dim I see you guys making a real difference in areas that matter a lot to me.
You teach me things every day. I got in the good habit of appreciating wisdom from whomever had it to offer, so I learn a lot from you even though you're younger. I hope you're learning a lot from us too - some continuity, some history, some of what it was like before life was so digital.
I hope you take the time to put down your phones sometimes to just enjoy the moment you are in.
I love that you really value nerdiness and intelligence even though your schools have been horrible. These days, you can nearly google up a better education than you can buy. Just develop your critical thinking skills and learn how to analyze what you read with a critical eye. Study some science and mathematics.
GAG is great. Never be afraid to ask the hard questions, or the ones you feel are silly. You have a million new ways to learn things than we did up until I was 20, then it was like an explosion of knowledge, and everyone could have access. I'm glad you have been raised in that time.
Take care of each other. Have fun. We have more in common than you may think.