I have a term for yuppies in the Gen Y age group—I call them 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.
It’s funny. It’s enlightening. It will infuriate many, because it’s too close to home and hurts your delicate feelings.
Like you don’t think this when you’re all alone in your room wondering why no one else recognizes how special you are.
Go ahead. Explain why this isn’t you, why you “deserve” to be special, why you’re truly different.
For those hiring members of Gen Y, Harvey suggests asking the interview question, “Do you feel you are generally superior to your coworkers/classmates/etc., and if so, why?” He says that “if the candidate answers yes to the first part but struggles with the ‘why,’ there may be an entitlement issue. This is because entitlement perceptions are often based on an unfounded sense of superiority and deservingness. They’ve been led to believe, perhaps through overzealous self-esteem building exercises in their youth, that they are somehow special but often lack any real justification for this belief.”
You are special. So is everyone else. All that means is that “special” no longer has any meaning, and that we’re all really pretty ordinary, struggling to survive, to make our existence meaningful and to serve some greater purpose on earth than taking up space and wasting bags of Cheetos.
The point isn’t that you are special, notwithstanding everything you’ve been told since you were in the womb listening to those fake Baby Einstein dvd’s your loving mother bought in the hope of giving you an opportunity she never had. The point is to overcome the crap that’s been fed you and become special.
Forget your delusional, childish expectations of glory and spend your time improving your reality. There is happiness to be had, but you have to go out and earn it. You do not deserve it, and it won’t be handed you on a silver platter no matter what you’ve been led to believe.