Choices, variety and instant results.
This is, in essence, what all millennials want. We want endless choices, but we won’t make a permanent decision. We want a life filled with variety and adventure, but we don’t want to work our entire lives for it. We want instant gratification and results, but many think we haven’t earned them.
Before you get offended, be honest with yourself. The rumors are true: most of us do have a sense of entitlement. If you take the time to really search inside, you know it’s true.
Those who see college as a party get mad at the professor when they don’t get an A on the exam. Those who slack off and don’t contribute to groups get offended when they’re asked to leave. Those who do work hard are often appalled when their efforts aren’t met with praise and grand gestures of appreciation.
So, what is it that has made us this way?
Is it the endless stream of reality TV stars who appear to do no work whatsoever, yet lead extravagant lives, traveling and spending money that will never run out?
Is it the Insta-famous lifestyle bloggers who don’t have a single hair out of place and whose makeup is perfect, even when they “aren’t wearing any?”
No. It’s our parents. The people who gave us life and hoped for a better future. The one’s who didn’t want us to know struggle or pain.
It all started when they cut the crust off of our PB&J sandwiches.
While I’m not sure when or why this “cut the crust” phenomenon began, I do know that the phenomenon reached its height in 1995 when Smucker’s introduced “Uncrustables” to schools in the Midwestern states. Soon after, these crust-less pockets of creamy peanut butter and grape jelly would span the nation in schools and in homes.
But these crust-less sandwiches represent a whole new problem for our generation: we were having concessions made for our dislikes by people who weren’t our parents. The school system conceded. At the age of five, we wanted something and the world gave us a solution: no crust. Prior generations would have been scolded, told not to waste food and forced to sit at the
table until the entire meal was gone, crust and all. For us, it was never put on our plates to begin with.
Overall, we learned one lesson that would become the pinnacle of our generation. If you don’t like something, you don’t have to put up with it.
What does this phenomenon mean for us as adults going in to the workforce?
It means that we won’t put up with things we don’t like. We won’t settle for dreary nine-to-five jobs that we hate, just because the benefits are good. We will seek happiness above job security. We won’t stand for injustices. We will help close the gender pay gap. We won’t be told that we can’t accomplish our goals. We will use the resources available to us and capitalize on a market of people’s dislikes, and the “Uncrustables” legacy will continue.
So, give your mom a call and thank her for cutting the crust off your sandwiches when you were 3 years old, and making you the person you are today. Oh, and be sure to thank her for the monthly care package.