My husband was listening to a comedian on a podcast the other day and told me about the bit - basically the guy was saying that he heard about how millennial's aren't buying diamonds and the diamond industry is suffering. It's because we are poor! He said he got like $40 worth of groceries and it was flagged on his account - when he can afford salmon he can think about diamonds.
The sad truth about this is that we are pretty much all poor. There is not enough housing and not enough affordable housing. If we would like to have a two or three bedroom place, too bad! They are all taken up by people who have decided to become roommates because they cannot afford a place of their own. All of the costs in our life have gone up, but our pay has not.
Frequently I have found that we are not treated with respect as adults. "You're just a kid," or "You're still so young," we are told over and over, and it is reflected in our treatment regardless of our education, our life experience, or our accomplishments. In America respect is a two-way street, not a one-way the-older-you-are-the-more-you-get steamroller. We all grew up with changing technology, more divorce and social change than anyone older than us. We are a smart and adaptable generation who went to college because we were told it would help us find good jobs. It isn't true.
My husband and I were in England getting our Master's degrees when Brexit happened. I wish we could have stayed to participate in the programs they have for new graduates, or that our country had something similar. The UK will place you into a year long paid internship with a company that will either hire you at the end or help you get a job elsewhere. It is heartbreakingly laughable to think of such a thing here. I feel like there is more of a "Shove you out of the nest" mentality in America and so many bright people never make it.
I am at the point of wanting to leave this country so that my kids can have a better future. The reason so many immigrants came to America in the first place. I want my children to grow up in a country that has health care and education for them, that doesn't have such a toxic media, that doesn't have as much gun violence, that has greener technology and laws. I could go on for hours. When traveling abroad I have always said that I am from California, as America as a whole is embarrassing to be associated with.
I guess I don't have an ending to this rant. Just that I hope for things to get better as my generation continues to age and have children, and that my sisters generation has it a little better as they enter the workforce in the coming years.