“Am I a millennial? I’m 33, but I can only check some boxes. I’m politically apathetic compared to the younger half of the generation. And as far as millennials living in parents’ basements, I don’t fit that mold.”
Rory Sacks, a natural born educator, grew up in a patriarchal family smack in the middle of Long Island, in Commack. His high school indulgences were far tamer than the video game obsessions and opioid temptations of younger TCG’s. He and his teen pack played poker for pennies in his parents’ living room and went to the movies and stirred up minor ruckuses at local concerts.
Being a slacker was not an option that Rory’s mother gave him.
While he was going to graduate school in education and student teaching, his parents tolerated his living at home. “But once I graduated, my mother told me, ‘You have six months to get the fuck out.’ She said it lovingly, but I was 22 and she and my dad wanted to retire and start a new chapter of their lives.”
He moved into New York City, and ever since then, he’s noticed a great divide between the old guy friends from his suburban high school who also struck out for big cities and a big career and the guy friends who stayed in the suburbs and married early. “By now, early thirties, they’re on their second kid or even third.”
He started his career as a teacher, but that was too bureaucratic. He hopscotched from one startup to another, but that was too risky. He found his passion in becoming a technological educator.
Rory sees millennials as a new counterculture. Here's the difference: the '60s activists were fired up by the Vietnam war, civil rights, and women's movement. But when they turned 30, he says, "my parents' generation, that counterculture didn't know how to make a job out of it. They went into the corporate world and dumped oil and chemicals into the sea."
He sees millennials as a new counterculture (TCG). "Whats's unique about millennials, is we know how to turn our causes into a sustainable way of life."
Rory makes a provocative prediction: "A Millennial counterculture will grow over the next five to eight years. We’re going to see the openness and fairness that propels younger kids who see the power of counterculture to make it happen."
Rory has no desire to have children. He belongs to a growing subset of millennials who don’t want to curb their enthusiasms for free time, careers they love, pick-up travel, and god forbid shelling out for for three or five air fares every time you take a holiday