I think they’ll do a good job of stabilising society. Because they’re strong.
We all get defensive about our own generation. I remember my parents telling me to eat everything on my plate. I didn’t know how lucky I was, apparently.
As children and teenagers we found our parents annoying – as all generations do.
Now we’re the annoying ones. #OkayBoomer, you say. But we see ourselves as Hippies, Punk Rockers, New Romantics. Certainly not old. How could we ever grow old?
We have children and grandchildren: GenX, Millennial, GenZ. Sometimes we hear our parents’ words coming from our own mouths. “You don’t know how lucky you are”
I could list the dreadful things that were ‘normal’ in the 1960s/1970s/1980s, but I won’t.
I could list the amazing improvements society has seen during my lifetime, but I won’t.
Instead I will tell you why I love Generation Z, and why I believe they’ll cope in this crisis.
Generation Z hasn’t experienced good times. They were only little before the financial crisis. They’ve seen parents lose jobs, struggle for money, work zero hour contracts. They’ve worried about conflict, disease, poverty, the environment. They’ve been burdened, and it’s no wonder they think previous generations were lucky.
Evidence for the virus’ effects on different generations isn’t yet certain, but it appears to be substantially less dangerous to the young. Thank goodness.
I sincerely believe if society is to be improved, no-one is better placed to do it than a generation born and raised in adversity. A generation like my mother’s who were children in World War 2, young adults during rationing, having children just as the economy was improving. They wanted so much more for future generations, my generation, the Baby Boomers. We need a generation like them again.
Children are grown; Flynn, Border Terrier, is unaware of Christmas; BBC Radio 4 is on as I wait to hear the news. Exciting? Not really. But hey! Who needs excitement? Christmas time is amazing. And this is the night before Christmas – Christmas Eve.
Have an excellent Christmas and a satisfying New Year.
Little shops at Christmas time are the best fun. For customers and shopkeepers.
Today I spoke with children, dogs, grown women and men. I suggested they save their money and buy nothing; I sent them to other shops for things I don’t stock; I reduced items on the spot, gave things away and rounded down totals to a nice round number. Christmas shopping in my shop is not dull!
That’s what small shops are good at. We are part of your community. Customers like small shops because they reflect the shopkeeper’s personality. They’re real.
Have a very happy Christmas. And be sure your Christmas shopping is fun.