Reflections on Generation Me

I’ve finished my second book by Dr. Jean Twenge about generations. The title Generation Me is another name for Millenials, also known as Gen Y. The short version is that Gen Me is at its core very focused on the self. Believe in yourself. You can do anything and essentially narcissistic, even compared to other American generations.

I found it to also be a quick and compelling read. This generation is now roughly the age of 22-37 and makes up the majority of young adults in America now, including a significant part of the workforce. I’m still mentally transitioning to the fact that students these days are no longer Millennials but are the younger iGen, AKA Gen Z.

I think a key difference between the two generations (Y & Z) are that the older ones (Y) believe in themselves and are self-focused, while the younger generation (Z) are distracted and living primarily through digital-based social media. They both are missing out on real community and personal relationships compared to older generations, but for different reasons. My personal opinion is that this is one of the few key factors contributing to their disenchantments.

This wraps up my generational book reading for this year and I’ll be focused on finishing Isaac Asimov’s Foundation heptalogy. After that it will be 2019 and I can focus on my main reading goal for next year: establish a foundation of modern English literature by reading the works of Shakespeare, the 1662 Book of Common Prayer and the 1611 KJV bible.

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The Arts

I’ve spent the last seven months or so exploring watercolor. This month I’ve branched out into gouache as well (an opaque watercolor medium). I have always enjoyed drawing in pencil, and have tried drawing in ink once more. I’ve even revisited chalk pastels but didn’t enjoy them at the time, and I’ve toyed with the idea of other paint mediums, mainly acrylic and oil.

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New Years Thoughts

I’ve been doing a couple weeks of reflection on my use of social media. Should I keep blogging? Should I start a YouTube channel?

For now I plan to focus on my own practice and not to focus on sharing unless I have time. What this looks like for 2018 is:

  • Return to my Whole Foods plant based (WFPB) diet.
  • Return to daily walking exercise habit.
  • Return to daily Bible reading and prayer time.
  • New daily art goal (draw and/or paint).
  • New poetry goals; read/write/post haiku or other poetry.
  • New weekly urban sketch journal trip or fine art painting.
  • Renew my passport…

Illinois Trip

Just arrived home last night and have been unpacking and working all day. Finally have a moment to breathe. 

As a consequence of my experiences this weekend I’ve set a goal to reestablish a quiet time to meditate, reflect, pray and read. Hopefully it will happen in the mornings. 

On our trip we helped with a community event and painted a garage for a widow. It was exhausting but very fun. Helping people is so intrinsically rewarding. 

I was also able to deepen relationships with my friends and church family. Glad to be home with my own family but the nostalgia for an amazing experience has already set in. 

Memorial Day Park and Gardens Family Picnic

Our family went to a park for a picnic yesterday. I took the opportunity to sketch a bit. Besides the park is a garden with a center that has art displayed. This time it was some oil paintings. 

There is also a butterfly house which provided my final sketches for this journal. Have filled my first one and starting on another.  The practice of daily sketching and painting is already surprising me at how quickly I am able to refine my skills.