About GenX Stories
Hi. I'm Eve, a proud member of Generation X. You know, that (in)famously disaffected group who grew up in the 80's and 90's but actually ended up changing the world? At my 25th college reunion, it struck me how our time together as kids shaped the creative, innovative, and passionate people we became as adults, leaving our quirky GenX essence blissfully intact.
FOR THE SO-CALLED "SLACKER GENERATION", I THOUGHT THERE WAS A STORY (OR 65 MILLION OF THEM) THERE. IS YOURS ONE OF THEM?
Gen X’ers, born roughly between 1961-1981 (although no one can really agree on the dates), have been called many things as we came of age. Disengaged slackers. Latch-key kids. The “lost” generation. With our cynicial idealism on display in movies from Reality Bites to The Breakfast Club to Clerks to Fast Times at Ridgemont High, you'd think it was lucky we made it out of our formative years alive, let alone amount to much.
Like inventing search engines and smartphones. Or becoming our 44th President. #nbd
who were we then?
Growing up in the 80s & 90s, MTV was our mirror on pop culture, reflecting all the cool we yearned to manifest. We listened to Madonna & Michael Jackson through tinny Walkman headphones and made mixtapes along with questionable fashion choices. We transformed trips to the mall into a social revolution, left broken hearts on embarrassing answering machine tapes and secretly wished Duckie would ask us to prom. We even embraced our storied detachment for a time, although we knew it wasn’t really true.
WHO ARE WE NOW?
Firmly sandwiched in between Boomers and Millennials, Gen Xers now have a surprising new label: Middle aged. While I wondered how the hell that happened, I began to notice something else: All these think-pieces popping up about how the unsung legions of Generation X will save the world (or not) through business and technology.
But what about the personal stories of the real people we are now?
THAT’S WHERE YOU COME IN.
GenX Stories has one goal: to explore & celebrate how the 80’s really influenced us. As a parent. As a professional. As a friend. As a boss. As an artist. As a partner. As a citizen. As a human. If you’re interested in being part of the project, share your story on this site or add your memories at our 80’s-loving Instagram.
EVERYONE HAS AN 80’S STORY. WHAT’S YOURS?
p.s In 2019 GenX Stories will become a book that documents all your authentic stories and memories, both on this site as well as on Instagram. Stay tuned for more details.
Born Nov 1969, I grew up during the juiciest years of Generation X. I was a Madonna wanna-be, thought I could hack Norad after watching WarGames, and wore out more VHS tapes of The Breakfast Club than I'd like to admit.