Millennial. A term that like sustainability or innovation that is overused and under grasped. Every agency, marketing team or design firm seems to want to know what millennials want. How do we think? What drives us? What encourages us to purchase things and how do we make these kinds of decisions? Unfortunately, these are not the questions that should be asked. If one were to back up, and fully understand how a millennial was raised, what kinds of experiences we had in the world as we know it, they would gain a much higher insight into what makes us tick. The most absurd piece to all of this: most of my fellow millennials have never been told this information either.
Do you remember sitting on the playground, minding your own damn business, and out of absolutely nowhere someone comes along and shoves you face-first off the seesaw you were straddling? You meander to the nurse’s office because your face now has wood chips implanted at odd angles. The nurse chuckles and tells you, “Oh sweetie, they shoved you because they like you.” You stare blankly for a moment, giving your grade school brain a moment to process this information. You come to the same conclusion most adults find: How the hell does that make any sense at all?
Let’s address a topic that totes a wagon full of myths with it where ever it goes: Anorexia. As somebody who has Anorexia, whom I call “Ana”, I would like to first start with a disclaimer. Eating disorders; anorexia, bulimia, orthorexia, pica and over-eating all have one thing in common: every single one of them is different for the person experiencing them. Which is why I think it’s important to fully understand a mental illness that may or may not affect us, we should first identify where the root of disordered eating comes from.