A recent blog “Why Generation Y Yuppies Are Unhappy” defines Gen Y Yuppies as “Gen Y Protagonists & Special Yuppies, or GYPSYs. A GYPSY is a unique brand of yuppie, one who thinks they are the main character of a very special story.”
Am I a GYPSY? In the blog, the author uses graphs to depict the happiness paradigm for each generation i.e. Happiness = Reality – Expectations with regards to career paths. The author states that my grandparents (great generation) and my parents (baby boomers) happiness and the “American Dream” was achieved with hard work and realistic goals . While my generation is more about delusion, entitlement and hyper-inflated lives perpetuated on social media. I love the images of unicorns and rainbows in this blog. But I cannot associate with “Yuppie”, the 80’s “American Psycho” imagery, but I digress here.
If I am a GYPSY, am I unhappy? Not really. And I owe it to my parents. They instilled in me the hard work ethic and the importance of education. They taught me humility and to be grateful always. I was loved. I felt special, but I never felt entitled. My life has been challenging with career, kids, marriage, life, etc. with set-backs and ups’n downs, but it’s not the end of the world as we know it.
While I agree with some of the author’s theories and social media, I wish it would have expanded beyond the focus of career path because my career only is one part of my happiness. I have two amazing children and a supportive spouse ,and we strive for our “Individual and Family Dream” which is very different from my parents, sisters, friends, etc. Personally, I think the economy crisis, technology and mobility in the workplace as well as the dissolving middle class are catalysts for the decline of the so-called “American Dream.”
Though I can’t see the “GYPSY” in me, I am ambitious about my life; I strive to be the protagonist. I maybe sometimes feel “special”, or I like to describe it more as”worthy” to contribute to this world, so I guess then, bring on the unicorns and rainbows and the “delusions of grandeur” (Han Solo shout out). Life is a journey, not a destination…..