You know you are getting old when you find yourself saying things like “back when I first became an army wife there was no Facebook so I had to make friends at new postings the old fashioned way” or “back in my day…blah blah blah”. I wonder if once you reach a certain age, there is a part of your brain that suddenly springs to life, giving you an instant disdain for the younger generation. When I used to listen to older people complain “young people today have it so good blah blah...” I used to think it was an angry and bitter trait to have. But now, as I have (sometimes) started to think in a similar way, I think of it as more of a super power :-P Or sort of like a sixth sense – making you able to point out everything that is wrong with this latest generation.
I can’t really say that I have a problem with all of Generation Y. I was born in the early 80’s so I am actually a part of it! My issues are mainly with the younger Gen Y’ers. One of the things that annoys me the most is that they seem to have really high expectations. With everything. I see this most often in complaints from fresh army wives complaining about the standards of DHA housing. So I know that there are still a few of the old houses around and everyone has had their turn at living in at least one shoebox sized house, but some of the complaints I see and hear astound me. Like complaining about the colour of the kitchen, or that the main bedroom is too far away from the other bedrooms, and my personal favourite – the lack of airconditioning. I have heard every excuse in the book for why someone thinks they need to have airconditioning installed. The most commonly used excuse – “oh but we have a baby and he/she can’t sleep without aircon”. I’m sorry lady, but babies around the world have been surviving just fine without aircon for thousands of years!
It concerns me that some of these Gen Y’ers think that they are above the ‘rules’. Either that or some of them are just plain stupid. It doesn’t take a rocket scientist to realise that there is certain information about our partner’s jobs that cannot be shared with the public i.e. on Facebook. Unfortunately there are some people who will still post countdowns til their partner is home from deployment and post pictures of parcels they are sending overseas with the serving member’s PMKeys number etc all clearly visible (yes, that really did happen!!). No matter how many times they are warned, they still do it. A lot of these women are the same people who threaten to ‘go to the police’ or ‘report you to Defence’ for something they’ve deemed offensive to them on Facebook. Do they seriously believe that the police, Defence or a lawyer is going to be able to do anything about ‘someone being mean to me on Facebook’??? What is wrong with these women????
Not only are these Gen Y’ers overly whiney, but they are also overly sensitive and are always wanting someone to pat them on the back and say “there, there, everything will be ok” when really someone should be telling them to just harden the f*** up!
Well that is enough dribble for one evening. I’ve got to get my old wrinkly butt to bed. It’s way past my bedtime :-P
Until next time,