When it comes to discussing generation gaps, I have never felt that I could relate personally. I’m only familiar with the concept in terms of the textbook definition, but recently I realized that I can now provide some insights into the discussion. Full disclosure: this article is based on a personal experience and does not generalize the generations of the persons involved as a whole. My claims are just based on my personal experience.
I’m considered a millennial, and there’s a 30-year age gap between my parents and me. We difference in opinion on almost anything. We constantly argue about a lot of stuff, whether it’s about philosophy, politics, business, religion, among others, and it’s making me feel nuts.
They tend to make me feel that they’re correct all the time, even though facts are already presented on their faces. In fact, I rarely hear them say they’re sorry about things, but when they do, it seems like it’s an obligation for them that they need to finish.
It’s also challenging to put myself in their shoes. Because most of the things they do are mainly based on their emotions, and sometimes deciding based on these, instead of helping us, could jeopardize our endeavors in the long run.
On the other hand, it’s also difficult for me to understand my younger brother, who’s 10 years younger than me. Our priorities are also different. His taste in almost everything is also different. It seems like I find it hard to connect with him sometimes. We speak different languages, and it’s bothering me.
As an older brother, I want to understand him better, but it seems like he’s also trying very hard to understand me.
Despite all these generation gaps, it’s important to take the time to understand other people, especially our loved ones.