As we enter the second year of the U.S. financial economic crisis that started in August 2007 with the sub-prime lending meltdown, the impact on the economy and the average American has been devastating.I've been asked how younger generations will fare in this economic hail storm, and I assure you that Generation X is resilient. We've been on the short end of the stick more times than we can count.On a personal level, Xers were the first generation of latchkey children and divorce, with 40% of marriages ending in divorce during our childhoods.Professionally, the 1970s introduced 30 years of massive layoffs in corporate America. Xers observed the dot-com bust and we graduated from college during a time of high unemployment rates and took just about any job we could manage to find. We've never known job security and we trust few of our nation's leaders, since we've seen a series of them — from President Richard Nixon and Reverend Jim Baker to the Enron CEO lie and fail to deliver on their promises.And here we are in 2008- knee-deep in debt and house mortgages. Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke said that mortgage defaults wouldn't harm the U.S. economy, but Economy.com is predicting that by the end of 2008 over 2.8 million U.S. households will either be in foreclosure, be forced to give their house over to their lender, and move out or sell their home for an amount lower than their actual mortgage balance.This is par for the course when you're an Xer. Are we cynical because of it? Perhaps.But I think it's more likely that Xers have adopted a 'can-do' attitude realizing that thus far, the woes the world has doled out hasn't prevented us from achieving success or happiness. We have learned to do what we have to do to make it in this world, and there's really nothing that shocks us anymore.So when I read the article, Lessons Learned from the U.S. Financial Crisis, I couldn't help but think it was an article geared towards Boomers and Ys. Among his list of lessons (and my Xer responses):
Undoubtedly, the financial crisis is a serious concern. But Generation X has been raised rolling with the punches. So don't be surprised when you find us standing strong as opposed to shaking in our boots. We are resilient, we have both time and experience on our side (unlike the Boomers and Ys respectively), and we will rise to this challenge just as we've risen to all the others.
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