It was Bob Dylan who sang “The Times They Are a Changing” and you can listen to it here.
I chose the version by Phil Collins because he does sing the song more in tones of optimism and with a celebration of the changing times. I am optimistic about the future of America as Generation Y’ers take the reigns.
There is much wrong with the world today but, oh, there is so much hope and promise. It comes in the form of Generation Y who are sometimes referred to as the Millennial Generation. These are those young people who are changing the world in our witness. They have, against all odds, grabbed on to the shoulders of one another and they press forward.
Most of Gen Y’ers (ages ranging from late teens into early 30’s) are the offspring of divorced families, broken homes and struggling single parents. They have grown up in a technological world, witnessed the terror strikes on our homeland and watched the hopes and dreams of the space program go up in smoke as the Challenger exploded. This is a Generation that has witnessed failure on the most extreme scales. They are not deterred by failure, they press on.
I met recently with four young representatives of Gen Y recently while working on a story for our local newspaper about new area businesses. These four friends were excited about their future, the prospects of forming a new business and their community that they will be serving. They are embarking on an entrepreneurial endeavor to open a music recording studio in their own neighborhood and they are using their talents and social networking skills to pave the road to success.
It wasn’t the ambition, the business savvy or even the musical talent that impressed me about these young men – it was the genuine friendship and adoration for one another. The brotherhood bonds and the reliance upon each other to carry the burdens together and succeed – or not – clinging to each other during the process. It appears to embody what is the “Why” behind Generation Y. This is the generation that will tackle life, shoulder-to-shoulder, leaning upon each other in brotherly love and friendship.
Bruce Tulgan, author and founder of Rainmaker Thinking, said this of Generation Y:
“They’re going to be the highest performing workforce in the history of the world. These entrepreneurs run on pure passion.”
I believe Mr. Tulgan has a good point. Passion fuels the fearless foursome of young men that will open a recording studio at 229 Union Ave. Passion is fueling the next generation of entrepreneurs whose motives are not to make tons of money but to do what they love to do and share it with friends.
There is a scripture verse in Ecclesiastes 4 that says:
9 Two are better than one,
because they have a good return for their work:
10 If one falls down,
his friend can help him up.
But pity the man who falls
and has no one to help him up!
I imagine that four are even better than two and our prayer is that Generation Y’ers everywhere will always have a friend or two to help them when they stumble.