First of all let me state that I was born in December of 1989. So late in the 80's that I can't consider myself an 80's baby. Trust me I tried. I actually grew up in the 90's and the beginning of the 21st century. Being a 90's baby is like living a real-life horror story. Growing up, we had high hopes and big dreams. Accomplishments to fulfill. We expected to graduate from high school, then get a job and survive this huge world. By the way, the older I got, I realized that it is a small world. Yes, actually, very true indeed. Some of us didn't even know college existed because our teachers thought we needed to go that far to get ahead in life. The matter of the fact is... well I got left over in 2nd grade (long story)... but since I was in class with the 1990's babies, I got to see that they were more successful than any other one of my friends from a different decade.
In highschool I got to meet and make new friends with '89 babies who are still my friends to this day. We stayed friends because of social/interactive networks like MySpace and Facebook, and we grew very close. We all still talk. Those friends though are all successful in their own unique ways, but had a rough patch getting there. In actuality, most of them had to get their GED's, or haven't even gotten them yet. And that's 87,88,89 whatever. Not all of them graduated or even on time. It took me 4 and a half years to graduate HS. I got my regents diploma, but I took the easy route. I transferred my senior year to an alternative school where we had to do internships to get credits. Classes were half a credit. I was supposed to graduate in one year but I ended up graduating half a year late. My internships were film BTW. I succeeded in that school, but only because everyone loved me there. It was the best time I had in school since 8th grade. Enough with the dragging on and on in 10 different directions. The 1990's babies that I went to school with became really successful, I got to see. I'm still friends with them on Facebook, and they have no problem sharing their lives (like everyone else. Rolls eyes). They talked about college and working to make ends meet, living on their own, going on vacation to Vegas and California. Now they have kids. But I don't know what they are doing for work. It's crazy how people's lives change so fast, and that we are all grown-ups. We are all 23 or 24 and we are not kids anymore. When I thought of myself being 25 at 18, I saw myself as still a baby, but now that I, at the age of 23, I see myself as too old, and not being responsible enough to have my own life and not being successful yet. My best friend has a two year old girl; she is the only one in the 89 crew that has a baby. Though she was having a hard time before, little by little things are falling into place, and I couldn't be happier for her.
But the thing is.... nobody said life after school was going to be this hard. In the 90's we had the best cartoons, shows, music, the clothes are a different story, but my generation had dreams; we wanted to be something... a writer; an actress; a doctor; a police officer; a wrestler; a Nascar driver; a dancer; a lawyer; and cook; a teacher. Just anything that we dreamed of being for the rest of our lives. Do you remember those letters teachers would make us write to our future selves in 5 years. We expected to graduate high school (some had college in mind), get a job, get married, have kids and live in a house away from the city, a golden retriever running around, and a car. We imagined everything like it was in the shows and the movies. The perfect life. Well I thought that way. But the point is, jobs are scarce now. 1999 was a scary year. We didn't know what was gonna happen after new years 2000. It was like the scariest time in people's lives. It had people scrambling around looking for things that didn't need refrigeration. Movies had a certain taint to them that the world would end. The economy boomed with people buying everything. People bought boats, mansions, maxed their credit cards because they thought that they would never get caught and nothing would happen to them. Then Y2K was over and people regretted everything.
The thing that changed everything was September 11th. I was in sixth grade. My mom had an interview in the Twin Towers for a job, I didn't take my little brother and sister's to school because they took too long. I said "I aint f****** taking them to school!!!" and slammed the door behind me. When they showed the Towers (we had a window in the hallway that showed a perfect view of the Towers), all I could think of was that people died in the first tower to get a plane crashed into it. I saw all the smoke and the fire and began to cry because I witnessed death in person for the first time. Ever since that incident, the economy slowly but surely began to plummet and in 7 years we hit recession. Now the government is trying to avoid a Depression by owing more and more money.
Why is it... that we raise taxes, Christmas, hurricanes and other holidays bring a raise in the economy, but we keep owing more and more money. Where is the money going? Debt gets higher and higher, and supposedly there isn't anything we can do to stop it. WHY? Oh... because we are capitalists country and only the 1% gets really rich and don't pay enough taxes. (I hope Obama keeps his promise to raise taxes on the rich and leave lower and middle class alone.) So that's why we aren't doing so good financially. Bloomberg is firing more teachers instead of evaluating to find the bad ones and fire those teachers. Being a teacher is a hard enough job, now he wants to take away their living.
The point I am trying to make is that in the 90's, things seemed easy. People had money pre-9/11. I think we had everything figured out. Nobody saw this happening. And post 9/11, around 2008, their were no easy jobs to get. We had to go to college in order to get as good enough job to pay for living in the city next to our mothers' homes'. Then they (the successful 90's babies) graduate college in 2012, when the world is ending (supposedly) just to owe loans that we can't pay off because they can't find jobs. That is the point I am trying to make. The 90's was clear. We thought it was gonna stay that way forever. The music, the clothes were a different story, but means of living, even in the city was easy. Sometimes I wish I was an adult in the 90's just to see things as an adult how it was. Not blurry and fading like it is now. My childhood memories used to be bright with colors and clear images/movies. Now they come in one=shot frame pictures, and I barely remember anything. I wish that I was old enough to be able to experience the 90's. No war, no protests, no recession. Now we have minimum wage which just don't cut it. We can't save any money for anything special unless we get a really great job which is rare these days.
I didn't expect this. For life to be so difficult. Senior citizens are getting threatened of taking getting their SSI taken away, and the future Senior Citizens wont have Social Security Retirement funds. They will have to save up for their retirement fund now at the age of 50 and 60. What if their job isn't good enough? What if they can't work anymore? That's another point. My great-grandmother who i lived with from the ages of 3 to 15 was able to pay the whole rent for 7 people in a 2 bedroom apartment with just enough left over for food and such.
Is it just me or does anyone else think that the past was a way better life than now. Especially the 90's, 30's and some people say the 60's. ;p