A Link Between Millennials and Gen Xers

link-between-millenials-genxers      I'm technically a millennial, (born between 1980 and 1999) although I've been told I'm not like my contemporaries. Most of my friends are at least in their mid-thirties, or older. Most of my co-workers (past and present) are in their 50s and 60s. I grew up with the millennial generation and I have tried to fit in with my age group for most of my life.  For those of us on the older end of the millennial range, we spent most of our teenage years in the 90's and early 2000's. To me, those years were defined by some key elements that shaped the way we lived and made decisions. Here are the top five cultural influences that I believed shaped my generation's teenage years.

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9/11/01 Where were you?

I was walking from my freshman dorm restroom down the hallway to my room in Abilene, Texas. Looking in each dorm room, I noticed every TV was on with the same story being broadcasted: "Plane crashes into World Trade Center."  I didn't have time to do much else but get my books and head to class, so I didn't think long about what this headline could mean. I arrived at Psychology 101 and after some intense moments of uncertainty as we watched the news, our professor decided to cancel class for that day. I knew something was wrong at this point. I walked to the campus center, where the nearest TV was, and watched as the second plane hit the other World Trade Center.  At that point I knew this wasn't an accident.  Students gathered around the TV for at least an hour before saying anything.  We were all in disbelief. I watcheed the news for rest of the day in shock. I remember that evening, there was talk of a mandory draft going around us 18 year old males. It was just speculation, but I was terrified that it could mean that I would be sent to war. I didn't go to war. But, it actually did mean war for so many in the coming decade.  And today there is still a battle going on because of the things that transpired that day.

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