Dear Millennials,

Woke up today to the nightmare that is when reality hits. Yesterday, the UK voted to leave the European Union. Now, you may ask “What does this young American girl care? She’s not British or European.” But let me assure you, this American millennial has her eyes tuned in to the world and does care. And frankly, more of us Millennials need to care or this world will go to shit.

I am one of those rare (or maybe not so rare) young people who actually pay attention to global current events. I genuinely love knowing what’s going on around the world. International affairs really get me going, which is why I slightly regret not choosing to be an International Relations major at university… There’s still my Masters.

I think what we’re seeing here is backward progress. The worldwide trend is this: older generations are succumbing to fear mongering tactics, which leads to hateful decisions and contempt for the repercussions to follow, and then they show up to the polls. I’ve read multiple tweets that literally say “Baby boomers shouldn’t be allowed to determine the fate of the world they’re leaving soon.” Grim. But what’s worrying is that millennials just don’t care enough to exceed, let alone match their numbers.

The fact of the matter is younger people aren’t showing up where it counts – the polls. All over social media, I’ve only seen pro-EUers. In fact, so many that it didn’t make sense to me how predictions were saying it’d be a close race, let alone a one million vote difference. Closer to home, the same thing goes for pro-Bernie/pro-stricter gun control. And lo and behold, we are the generation of all talk and no action. For a generation so keen on being seen and heard, we do a crap job of being seen and being heard.

From one Millennial to another

I love the passion that Millennials have on social media and in real life. I love that we’re a more tolerant and loving generation. I love that we’re travelling more, learning about different cultures, and are more internationally inclined than our elders. But by no means are we perfect. No one’s perfect.

All this passion that we have as young people needs to be translated into action. Like yesterday. Or else we’re going to be left with a world that’s going to need a lot of rebuilding. Wasn’t Daenerys Targaryen basically saying the same thing just last week? Funny how life imitates art.

I think the overall lesson to be learned here is that Millennials do have a lot of power. What we choose to do with that power is up to us. We just need to show the older generations that we do have a say in our future. We need a healthy mix of stating our opinions/beliefs on social media and following through in real life. We have to show the older generations that they can’t mess up our future.

We need to leave this world better than we found it. I believe in you, I believe in us.

–  J.M.