I am an avid gamer. I love playing any game fantasy-related and an MMO. I especially enjoy playing D&D's NeverWinter Nights Online and Diablo 3. I once was a World of Warcraft player, but I could not afford to play and keep up with the expansions.
I am a military veteran of 20 years. I did my time and respect any that decide to pursue the path of being in the military. However, my recommendation is to do 4-8 years and get out, use the education money you get after getting out of the military to get a degree. There is no more retiring from the military as they have gone to a 401K type of plan called TSP so those that join now will be able to carry that over to their next job or get an IRA account. Any questions do feel free to ask me and I'll tell you the truth and not what you hear from recruiters.
I don't practice any set religion, as I have studied many over my years in the military, I pretty much do a mish mash of quite a few and make it my own, but Nature is my temple.
I was born during the time of Generation X
What Is Generation X (Gen X)?
Generation X, which is sometimes shortened to Gen X, is the name given to the generation of Americans born between the mid-1960s and the early-1980s. The exact years that comprise Gen X vary. Some researchers—demographers William Straus and Neil Howe, for example—place the exact birth years from 1961 to 1981, whereas Gallup places the birth years between 1965 and 1979.
Gen X numbers around 65 million, while the baby boomers and the millennials each have around 72 million members. Gen X is also sometimes referred to as the “latchkey generation” as they were often left unsupervised at home after school until their parents came home from work.
Like the silent generation, Generation X has been defined as an "in-between" generation. The group's earning power and savings were compromised first by the dotcom bust, and second by the financial crisis of 2008 and the Great Recession. In terms of social and political power, Generation X is sandwiched between the baby boomers, who came of age during the Vietnam and Reagan eras and the millennials of the Obama era.
Gen X’ers core values include diversity, self-reliance, practicality, informality, work/life balance, flexibility, and technology.
Like other engaged workers, Gen X’ers give their best when their responsibilities in the workplace align with their values. Their performance suffers when their values are ignored.
What events helped to shape the Gen X personality?
First, it’s important to understand one critical event for many Gen X’ers: the fact is that many of them grew up as latchkey kids. It’s also true that their generation comes from families with the highest percentage of divorce. This has taught them the importance of having both self-reliance and a healthy dose of skepticism.
Here’s a list of 15 influential events that shaped Gen X’ers as they were growing up:
•Fall of the Berlin Wall
•Jonestown mass suicide
•Rise of the personal computer
•Lockerbie flight bombing
•Three Mile Island meltdown
•Rodney King beating
•Iranian hostage crisis
•Stock market decline
•Exxon Valdez oil tanker spill
•Operation Desert Storm
•Terrorism at the Munich Olympics
Given the uncertainty of their times, it’s easier to understand the adaptable and sometimes skeptical nature of Gen X’ers. I frequently refer to them as the real winners of Survivor.
We are self-reliant, we know how to handle adversity. We know how to stand on our own. We are creative, knowledgeable, and leaders. We have lived in a time of many changes. We know how to live without certain technology, we balance a life with technology. We grew up learning life by experiencing it. Many of us have different types of scars, but you will find we are the most resourceful, and strongest of the generations.
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