On my last post on this blog I talked about my constant (and growing) search for answers to many of my life’s dilemmas that drove me to this journey in the United States of America. Well, I have to admit that not many things changed since then, but it is clear to me that it is being a life changing experience.
Last week was my 26th birthday, my first birthday far from Brazil. I really missed my friends, family and beloved ones but I also had a great time with my new (and hopefully lifelong) friends. Apart from all the parties and celebrations, my birthday was a great opportunity to reflect about my life, remember my achievements and plan new goals.
Many of my unsettling questions – “ Who am I? What matters to me? What motivates me? What is my footprint in the world? What is my role in the society? How can I change the world?” – became even more pressuring and I saw myself in these kind of situations where you are not sure if you should buy a bike or save the world.
During this period of flurry ideas I remembered one of my favorite videos, We All Want To Be Young. This short form documentary attempts to distill the essence of youth culture in modernity, charting the evolution of cool from the Baby Boomers to Generation X to the Millennials.
It is definitely a worth watching video! The film, an outcome of several studies done in the last five years by the Brazilian research company Box1824, looks at the youth of the 60’s, 70’s, 80’s, and how each group evolved in their own unique ways. In the 60’s, young people had to fight for their identity as a demographic, whereas now, companies and media sources acknowledge young people are at the top of the influence pyramid when it comes to the changing the world. For the first time, youth have an overwhelming amount of information available to them, and therefore feel the need to create identities within their growing communities.
What is most fascinating though, is how our generation is portrayed. We are characterized by the internet, particularly by memes like Double Rainbow and Keyboard Cat. We like to “unite work with pleasure” but “suffer from general chronic anxiety”, which leads to a “non-linear way of thinking” and “hyperbolic languages” aka sarcasm. Our identities transcend the geographical and cultural boarders but remains attached to global consumerism and our extended social network resume to short-term personal relationships.
Beyond these analysis and above all, this video reminded me that at the age of 26 I am at the peak of my life, I am also part of this generation! I am a representative of young people who believe that small changes lead to a great future and make the world a better place.
The world is changing rapidity and I strongly believe that the young generation’s role is to shape a roadmap for a sustainable and equitable future.
And last but not least, for those who believe they are too old to change the world, the film ends with a magical phrase: “To understand the evolution of the world is a search that can keep us young forever”.