Switching gears all together – though interestingly, the discussion about Emergent Church falls short unless we are talking about the subject of today’s blog – the New Grownups. The purpose of today’s blog is to learn who the New Growups are and how we can best support them in meeting their need to find meaning, purpose and connection in a world where they often feel out of place and unwelcome.
The Kids are Alright!
The New Grown Ups are our future. They are here to heal and change the world!
The New Kids (Grown Ups) are some of my most favorite peeps! As one of them, I understand their nature, their drive, their passion and most importantly, their struggles. Some have turned to labeling these amazing new humans respectively: Indigo Children, Crystal, Rainbow and any other variety of colorful names. I was at first tempted to call them “the New Kids,” but after consulting several professionals on the topic, we agreed that these folks are anything but kids – in fact, they were born grownups, knowing what the world is supposed to be like and how to act in that world. It is for this reason, that I am choose to call them the “New Grownups,” and I want everyone to understand that these grown ups are alright!
Below I will identify the New Grown Ups through some common characteristics, though perhaps the easiest way to communicate this is through a song that I believe might just be their anthem:
Who Are the New Grown Ups?
While there is no exhaustive list of characteristics which describe the New Grown Ups, and these characteristics may vary among them, there are some general trends worth noting. In general, the New Grown Ups are:
- Born with a deep sense that they are here for a reason, that there is something they are here to do.
- Born with a profound inner knowing of what the world is supposed to be like and dramatically and negatively affected when they witness or experience a world other than what they know is supposed to be.
- Dumbfounded that others don’t understand and expect the world to be as they know it should be and that no one seems to be doing anything about it.
- Questioning themselves because of the contrast between what they know and what others seem to know and believe. This questioning creates in them a great deal of anxiety, stress and they often lose sleep over this.
- Experiencing a great amount of angst—over the state of the world, the environment, politics, and all of the above mentioned, and often feel helpless (even hopeless) about it.
- Restlessly discontent over all of the above – a discontent that is not satisfied until they are working toward the creation of the world they know in their hearts, their minds and their beings.
- Growing cynical over all of the above while maintaining their own idealism.
- Extremely sensitive to their environment, picking up the feelings and emotions of others, feeling like it is their job to fix things. Also sensitive to world events – weather, natural disasters, human disasters, war, etc.
- Struggling with anxiety, depression, panic attack, sleeplessness, insomnia.
- Creatively driven with an active mind.
- Frequently labeled as ADD or ADHD, EBD, ODD, etc.
- Struggling with authority—feeling it has to be earned, not assumed.
- Fiercely independent, don’t fit in with old systems of education, government, religion, etc., knowing a better way to do these things.
- Often drawn to nature. Feel more grounded and whole after spending time in nature.
- Not interested in the current Western paradigm of materialism and consumerism.
- Struggling or did struggle in school. May have had trouble getting and holding a job.
- Drawn to recreational drugs, may have struggled with addictions.
And finally, the New Grown ups are PISSED OFF! You would be too if you were born into a world that, for the most part, does not understand you and which certainly does not appreciate your gifts. In the driving, striving, achieving, accumulating, destructive, wasteful Western world, the New Grown Ups look like apathetic slackers. But, I can tell you that there is no one on the planet who has worked harder to survive than the New Grown Ups. Simply staying alive in a world that is trying to destroy them has been their lifelong mission – and sadly, for many, they died trying.
Wake Up New Grown Ups, We Need You!
The time for dying, however, has come to an end. The world is finally ready for their gifts, (albeit kicking and screaming). The New Grow Ups are waking up, and I, for one, am ecstatic! Thank you New Grown Ups for being born in this place and in this time. We desperately need you, your gifts, and the vision of a new world that you were sent to create.
Starting Monday, July 7, 2014, I will be offering a support group for New Grown Ups as they are waking up and discerning their mission.