20 And Something: Have the Time of Your Life (And Figure It All Out Too) is a book written by David H. Kim with Re/Frame by Phylls Tickle. It’s a pocket sized book that the Barna Group, a trusted analyst of religion and culture, has produced. The series is called FRAMES. The topics of each FRAME is varied, but I selected this title for selfish reasons; I am a parent to two 20 somethings, better known as Millennials. I have to be honest; there are times that I just don’t get where they are coming from. I need help figuring out how they tick and why they approach life the way they do and why so many are living in their parent’s basements? This quick read did shed some light and provide some hope for a bright future.
Every generation struggles with the differences between generations. That is nothing new. It doesn't have to be a stumbling block. It doesn't have to be negative or cause discouragement. All we really need is a chance to get to know what our differences are so we can begin to relate on a positive level.
Sure, we know this generation has had access to the world through technology, has been impacted by the reality of terrorism at home and abroad. But what we are just beginning to unravel is the mystery of how these things really shape how they view adulthood, marriage, career, and organized religion. When my 22-year-old says to me “YOLO … you only live once” when I am stressing over something, it makes me pause and think how much her generation really does want to make the most of this life that they have.
This FRAME gave me a clear lense to look through; one without judgment but filled with facts. Having read it I can say I better understand by own 20 somethings. I celebrate our differences and see a bright future.
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