Generation X

By the time I was born, part of the story was over.
Rory Kennedy

This week, Rory Kennedy will premiere an HBO documentary about her mother, Ethel Kennedy. Rory is the youngest child of Robert Kennedy, the one Ethel was expecting when her husband was assassinated. Rory never knew her father.

Rory is one of 46 million members of Generation X born between 1965 and 1980. They are sandwiched between 80 million baby boomers like me and 78 million millennials like my children, making them small in number and easy to overlook.

Generation X, first coined by Douglas Coupland in a novel Generation X: Tales for an Accelerated Culture, grew up in an era of two-income families, rising divorce rates and a faltering economy making them independent, resourceful, tolerant and self-sufficient.

With technology successfully woven into their lives, Generation X knows how to strike the balance between working to live and living to work.

Others of the generation include Quentin Tarantino, Julia Roberts, Tiger Woods and Jon Stewart and they tout successes like Google, YouTube, and Amazon.

Congratulations, Rory and friends. Seems to me you have bypassed our baby boomer’s old-fashioned and out-dated mid-life crisis.

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