We are a generation burdened with problems we inherited. Resisting plasticity and conformity. A generation refusing to make a legacy of failure and mundane lifestyle. Delighting in adventure; dwelling the uncharted lands of creativity. Defying whatever odds nature and science set: pushing the boundaries to their furthest limits and then breaking them because we must. Questioning, laughing, pressing on. A generation solving the problems we inherited.
We are not who we were made to be but what we decide to make of ourselves. Our parents’ mistakes and our grandparents’ trials are not ours. Their victories we celebrate but their pain we leave behind. We are not our stereotypes, we are unconfined by the bars of segregation, we are uncontrollable: bursting through glass-ceilings and shattering misconceptions. The burden of change is but an opportunity for us to rise up with a different way of leadership; of love; of community.
We may be the first to be able to manipulate technology in the ways we can. We may be the last to witness the manual age’s final breaths; we must therefore be those that see to the death of disaster and affliction, the death of stratification and exclusion, the death of abuse and misuse, the age of partiality. We are rumored to be the hands-off generation; the slothful, brittle products of the Boomers and the Generation Xers.
But we are those that grew up in the wake of natural calamity, political turmoil, technological firsts and miracles. Those who have been exposed to more diversity in all aspects than our forefathers. Multilingual, commercially aware, culturally cultivated individuals. We are the flash generation: the 24/365 money moving, business establishing, profit making, ideas gone viral, news spreading at-the-touch-of-a-button people. The high speeds, low costs, no process generation. We, like world-wide web came pre-installed with no pause button.
We are untethered to the physical: not easily obstructed or deterred, hardly ever surprised or impressed by challenges. Up we rise and outwards the boundaries are extended; hands dirty, non-stop toiling, soaking up as much information and sun as is possible. Rejecting labels and refusing hand-outs. We are an unburdened generation, an e-society if you will, a generation making ourselves out to be everything we wish and nothing ever expected.
Reports say the earth is wearing down and society is wearing out, that humanity is wearing thin and mother nature’s response to our misdemeanor and misuse is to bottleneck all efforts at development. But we are different. We are not products of our social constructions, but who we decide to make of ourselves. We may face more problems than we generate solutions but that challenges us to collaborate and create for better.
We are a generation solving the problems we inherited. Resisting plasticity and homogeneity. A generation normalizing the non-standard. Delighting in adventure; sourcing from the infinite lands of creativity. Defying whatever odds history and society set, pushing the boundaries to their furthest limits and then breaking them because we must. Understanding, learning, charging through. A generation making an inheritance of solutions.
-Author: Patience Nasieku
Patience is a second year Law and Criminology student at the University of Sheffield. She is also the Vice President of the ACS 2016/17. To see more of her work go to nasieku.wordpress.com.