SORRY MOM & DAD: Selfies with a statement

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First Posted: 4/28/2014

Dear Millennials,
As one of the older members of today’s Millennial generation, I can say that almost every mistake you make is one I’ve made. I’ve partied too hard, fell in love too hard, burned bridges, lied to my parents, sent text messages while driving, prank-called Wal-Mart’s bakery asking for obscene messages on cakes at least 30 times, called my dad on his birthday asking for bail money, hired a stripper that stuck a lollipop in my fraternity brother, and believed that Lindsay Lohan was going to get her act together.
To be honest, I’ll probably make most of those mistakes again.
As I get older and reflect on the poor judgments of my past that I would never get caught dead repeating, I realize that our mistakes don’t define us.
Just because an old roommate and I smashed all of our dishes off the balcony for a good laugh when we were drunk doesn’t mean I’m a violent person. I wouldn’t hurt a fly. It means I got drunk and had a great time!
So, if our mistakes don’t define us, what does?
I did a Google search on personality traits that represented our generation to find out how we’re actually defined. The first word that popped up was “narcissistic.” “Lazy,” “entitled,” and “broke” followed.
As I continued searching – with a brief porn break – I was unsuccessful at finding anything online that described Millennials in a positive way. I couldn’t even find a link to an article or video representing our generation that was actually manufactured by someone even close to our age.
It’s no secret that Millennials are the most underrepresented generation. That’s the reason I am launching an online talk show centered around our voices being heard (May 5 through May 9 at 7 p.m. daily on The Mall at Steamtown’s center stage).
I thought that maybe if there were more positive images of our generation, it would foster less hate the next time I Googled ways to describe us.
Since the best way to capture an image of today’s generation is through a selfie, I decided to start the “Selfie with a Statement” campaign. I asked people from our generation to send me a selfie of them holding a paper with a word that defined them, allowing Millennials to finally start defining themselves and not be defined by older generations that are negative and out of touch.
People from around the world participated.
Andrew Yeager, a 21-year-old network marketing connoisseur living in Miami, sent a selfie of him holding the word “limitless,” as he sees the possibilities of what our generation can achieve as having no limits.
Bo Bae Shin, a 26-year-old from South Korea, sent a selfie of her proudly displaying a paper with the word “unstoppable,” as she defines our generation as a motivated force that can’t be stopped.
Positive attributes continued to flood my inbox, with images of Millennials describing us as undiscovered, resilient, overqualified, adaptable, hopeful and fearless.
Check out a video featuring more selfies with a statement on the Weekender’s Facebook page at, and tweet your selfie defining our generation to @wkdr.
We can’t let the older generations that raised us define us. The time to define ourselves is now. But first, let us take a selfie!
Sex, Drugs and Rocks from my driveway,