the next generation

Generation Y Yuppies Are Unhappy, Meh.

Gen Y Yuppies?!?!? Is there such a thing? According to Huffington Post there is.  Am I Lucy? How many of my friends and I are “Lucy” — and am I okay being a ‘yuppy?’

Truth is, I’m pretty darn fortunate! Happy, meh. But that’s on me. I’m a workaholic and I totally need to back off. I’m not sure that I buy this equation — for anyone, Gen Y or otherwise.

At first when I read this I was appalled (who is this person telling me who to think, and some one who had done research on GYPSYs – the nerve!) — almost offended — and then I read it again — and third time and thought — maybe something is there. To be fair, there is a lot in the article (and its all over the place at times, but does have a few good points).

Here’s a snipnet — take a look at the article and what do you think?

Lucy is part of Generation Y, the generation born between the late 1970s and the mid 1990s. She’s also part of a yuppie culture that makes up a large portion of Gen Y.

I have a term for yuppies in the Gen Y age group — I call them Gen Y Protagonists & Special Yuppies, or GYPSYs. A GYPSY is a unique brand of yuppie, one who thinks they are the main character of a very special story.

So Lucy’s enjoying her GYPSY life, and she’s very pleased to be Lucy. Only issue is this one thing:

It comes down to a simple formula:


It’s pretty straightforward — when the reality of someone’s life is better than they had expected, they’re happy. When reality turns out to be worse than the expectations, they’re unhappy.

Lucy’s kind of unhappy.

via Why Generation Y Yuppies Are Unhappy | Wait But Why. (Huffington Post)

So from an HR perspective I wonder what its like to have “Lucy” (or should I just say GYPSYs) and what does that do for their outlook on their work and overall engagement.

Someone once told me, “do you’re thing, don’t compare yourself to others, be happy with where you are and worry about you.. if you are always thinking about the guy next to you won’t appreciate where you are.”  I’ve always struggled with that advice — first it because it came from a guy I used to date (ha!), but second, I’m competitive and ambitious. A busy body. I check the box and then look at the next box that needs to be checked (I’ve got a rolling 10 year plan!)  But as I read that article for the third time, I thought about him and his words again — and there is certainly something about being in the now and being HAPPY with where you are — doesn’t mean to be complacent — but chill out and tone down the “expectations” and turn up the “reality.”

I need to seriously chill out 🙂

Making the HR connection and trying to smell the roses, yours,

Leave your kids at the park day: Why letting kids play on their own is a good idea.

This Saturday is the fourth annual “Take Our Children to the Park…and Leave Them There Day.”

For real.

The idea is that at around 10 a.m. parents take their kids to—as you might expect from the name of this holiday—their local park. And then they leave them there.

Not if the kids are babies, of course. Not even if they’re toddlers. But if they’re at least seven or eight years old, why NOT leave them there with the other kids gathering? It could be their first chance to finally do that thing we did as kids without thinking twice: Play.

And by “play” I mean: Stand around, get bored, wonder what to do, wish there was an Xbox around, feel hungry, feel a little too hot or cold, feel mad at mom for not organizing something “really” fun, like a trip to Chuck E. Cheese, feel bad all around, realize the other kids are feeling bad too, and then—in desperation—do something.

via Leave your kids at the park day: Why letting kids play on their own is a good idea..