Forever the Exception

“I wasn’t talking about YOU. You’re an exception.”

I’ve heard that phrase many times in my life, especially now as a young professional. Every time I try to hold an intelligent conversation about stereotyping, I get the same answer: No, not you, THEM.

I’ve been the exception to stereotypes all my life. I’m a blonde sorority girl, but I’m neither ditzy nor air headed.  I’m from New Jersey, but I’m not from “real New Jersey” whatever that is, because I’m not like the people depicted on Jersey Shore. I’m nerdy but I’m not anti-social. Most importantly, I’m a Millennial, but I’m not like those other lazy Millennials. When you stereotype a group of people, the stereotype unfairly applies to everyone. Yes – stereotypes can be accurate, but there are a lot of exceptions.

I am a millennial. When you speak negatively about my generation, you’re also speaking negatively about me, whether or not you mean to. It’s extremely frustrating to continuously be the exception, I can’t be the only one. I can’t be the only Millennial who isn’t lazy, needy, or any other less than flattering character trait applied by older generations.

If you’re a millennial and you’re sick of being the exception speak up! Demand a better reputation for our generation.

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