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Let’s Work Together

Written by Leslie Means

I had to wait in line at the post office last week.  That always happens when I’m in a hurry.  Perhaps you know the feeling?  Unfortunately, I left my phone in my car and had to pass time the old fashioned way.  While I was impatiently waiting, I overheard two older gentlemen talking about the younger generation and their use of technology.

“Kids these days,” one man said.  “They can’t even count back change.  They are always on this twitter thing and I just think all this technology isn’t good.”

His friend was listening, nodding and, I assume, agreeing with his words.  They went back and forth for several minutes.  They had to have known that I was the youngest in the post office and I know they saw me as I was standing directly in front of their view.  This leads me to believe the following:

  1. I’m no longer in the younger generation and they assumed me to be a “safe” subject.
  2. I might still fit in the younger generation but I have no phone in my hands so I’m not one of those kids.
  3. They brought up the subject and spoke louder to send me a message.
  4. They could care less.

I think it was d. 

These guys were kind men and they had good intentions, but I so badly wanted to turn around and politely say, “You’re wrong.”

Don’t worry, I didn’t say a peep.  But here’s how I know that their words aren’t completely correct.   

I was once in their shoes.   At 33 years old I have already played the generation card which basically means I’ve blamed the younger generation for messing up this world.   I’ve actually been doing it for years without intention. 

When I started my online magazine nearly three years ago, I thought for sure our team could make it a huge success.  We all had a strong media background.  We’re different than the people who just start a website with no degree or fancy title to claim.  And we definitely had an edge on the younger crowd; the ones right out of college with no real world experience. 

I was wrong.

But I graduated with a broadcast journalism degree.  I spent years in the television business.  I’ve also been given the honor to write to you fine folks for nearly four years.  Shouldn’t I have an edge up?  Don’t I know all there is to know about the media?

Ask my fantastic Kearney Hub editor if that’s true.  He is likely editing this sentence at this very moment.  Here’s the real truth.  We all need to learn from each other to form a perfect world. 

It’s important to be humble and ask for help.  It took me three years as a business owner to recognize this fact.  I’m learning from others and taking advice from someone 10 years my junior and 30 years my senior.  And I hope in the process they can learn a little from me, too.

What can you learn from your kids or grandkids?  What can they learn from you?  One way isn’t necessarily better than the other.  If we collaborate and teach generations before and behind, there’s a good chance we’ll all know how to count change now and well into the future.     

 

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About the author

Leslie Means

Leslie is the co-founder and owner of Her View From Home.com. She is also a former news anchor, published children’s book author, weekly columnist, and has several published short stories as well.

She is married to a very patient man. Together they have two pretty fantastic little girls ages 8 and 6 and one little dude born March 2017!

When she’s not sharing too much personal information online and in the newspaper – you’ll find Leslie somewhere in Nebraska hanging out with family and friends. There’s also a 75% chance at any given time, you’ll spot her in the aisles at Target.

6 Comments

  • Great article, Leslie! The counting back change must be a real issue with the older ones as it is something I have heard on multiple occasions! haha. I kind of think it is funny. Who even uses cash these days? 😉 Just kidding…but not really.

  • You know what’s funny about the counting back change thing is I remember hearing that about teens when I was a teen in the late 90s. I happened to have a job that required us to count it back, but I remember only counting it back when it was really easy math or if a manager was around. For a long time now most places don’t train teens how to do it when they start a job when they are 16. I remember having friends in high school that didn’t know how. It is definitely an older person complaint. 😉

  • We’re going to need the whippersnappers if we ever want to make a phone call in 40 years lol. “How’s this silly brain phone work again, North West?” But honestly I think every generation is going to bag on the younger ones, but for those saying mean things about us, well…We didn’t start the fire bit was burning since the world was turning…