The Jan Brady of Generations

I don’t fit.

According to the “scientists” at Buzzfeed, I don’t fit anywhere. Specifically, Buzzfeed experts told me I’m “the Jan Brady of generations.”

See that Buzzfeed? That’s my Jan Brady side eye telling you to watch your step from now on.

But I get it. I really don’t fit in. I’m neither Generation X nor Y. I am somewhere in between.

I can’t really blame Buzzfeed. I mean, here’s just a smattering of the data they had to work with…

Things That Make Me Somewhat Generation X

  • I played with Popples and Pogs as a kid
  • I listened to En Vogue and Smashing Pumpkins
  • I wore a lot of side ponies, stirrup legging pants, and curled my bangs (picture it, I’m HOT)
  • I was spanked and hit with a wooden spoon (and no one could’ve cared less)
  • I typed my school papers on a word processor (that I believe was possessed by the Devil – but that’s for another blog post…)
  • I downloaded songs on Napster
  • I had a MySpace page
  • I watched movies like Reality Bites and Singles and The Truth About Cats and Dogs over and over again…on VHS
  • I had an email that ended in (WTF? really?? Yes, really.)

Things That Make Me Somewhat Generation Y

  • I want all the things and I want them now
  • I like Taylor Swift songs and Katy Perry songs
  • I had a Tamagatchi pet
  • All my school supplies were decorated in Lisa Frank artwork
  • I want all the things and I want them now
  • I grew up with computers in my school
  • I had a plethora of beanie babies
  • I now share my entire life on social media and I like taking selfies
  • I got my best fashion advice from Sabrina, the Teenage Witch (let’s talk butterfly clips, shall we?)
  • I owned about 100 Dr Pepper Lip Smacker chapsticks over the course of my early teen years
  • I want all the things and I want them now – (Seriously, where are all my things? Shouldn’t I have them by now? Ugh…waiting sucks.)

So, what am I?

Fuck, I am the Jan Brady of Generations.

I was born smack in the middle of the 80’s, as an oops baby no less, which means I was raised by my Gen X siblings while my Baby Boomer parents worked all day and only had enough energy to instill two rules. 1) Say please and thank you around all grown ups. 2) Drink coca cola. (But I’m partially Gen Y, so I rebelled and prefer Pepsi when given the choice.)

Now that I’m an adult, I look around at who my friends are, and apart from the handful of High School chums I still see around major holidays, my two best friends are exactly the same ages as my older sister and brother. How weird is that? That I picked the exact number of years in age gap as what I grew up with? This sets my besties firmly in Gen X. That means I can count on them to throw a super rad 80’s party, to never being afraid of playing with eyeshadow, and to tell me when it’s appropriate to cuff or not cuff one’s pants. (Of course, I’m part Gen Y so they’ve gotten use to me documenting all of this.)

2013-01-17_19-35-45_936Oh gosh, how did that get there?

I can’t claim total belonging to just one group, but I can claim just enough of the good stuff to make me believe that I’ll always have someone talk to. And that I won’t have to eat my lunch from the inside of a bathroom stall. And I think that’s winning.

How about you? What generation do you fit in?
Let the experts at Buzzfeed be your guide.


12 responses

  1. I’m right at the end of the baby boomers. ALMOST too young to be one, right on the cusp. LOL

    1. I think there’s lots of us that are riding the generation cusp. Pick your favorite I guess!

  2. I am pretty firmly generation X, but, I can really relate to the 2nd picture of Jan Brady (the one with the glasses) because I can never tell if I am left handed or right handed. I use both, but not equally enough to be considered ambidextrous. I wonder if that makes me a Jan Brady of handedness?

    As usual, this is a post of awesomeness! 🙂

    1. Hahahaha A Jan Brady of handedness. You got skills!

  3. How timely. My next blog post (partially written already) was inspired by “Reality Bites.” I’m Gen X all the way, baby. I know why the caged bird sings. I would call you Generation Algebra, because you are more like an x/y equation.

    1. Oh god! Don’t label me anything to do with math! Unless it’s a word problem involving Ethan Hawke. I’d solve that in a heartbeat!

      If there are two trains leaving the platform at the exact same time and Ethan Hawke is riding the first train…

      Shut your quadratic gob of a month and screw the second train! You know what train I’d be on.

  4. Did you see the Jan Brady Snicker’s commercial? I posted it on Facebook. HILARIOUS!
    I’m from the Baby Boomer set, but will look it up on BuzzFeed.

    1. I did! That was stellar! One of the best ones!

  5. Who didn’t get spanked by a wooden spoon I ask? lol. At least the diapers gave us some padding, eh? Geez, what was the thought behind that? And even though I was born at the end of the Baby Boomer era, I watched the Brady Bunch. Every week! Thanks for posting this Jan! Oh, I mean Jess! Sorry about that. 🙂

    1. Someone’s about to get an overnight hair trim… *snip, snip*

      Karen, Karen, Karen!!!

  6. I too played with pogs and watched Reality Bites. Oh for a simpler time. 🙂 I’m an early 80s baby.

    1. LOL. Yah bring me back the days of Janeane Garofalo movies.

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