Gen Z's are from TikTok, Boomers are from Facebook

You know that feeling

When you're talking to someone close to you, maybe family, and you just can't see eye to eye?

Yeah. That's been my life lately.

Especially when it comes to stuff like what's happening in Gaza
Or why it feels like I'll never be able to buy a house.

It's like we're living in different worlds, you know?

The other day, I was trying to explain to my older relative about Palestine
All this stuff I've learned from the news, social media
But it was like we were speaking different languages.

Frustrating doesn't even begin to cover it.

Here I am, thinking I've got all this information
Hoping to connect
And instead? I feel more isolated than ever.

And don't even get me started on the housing market...

Ever tried explaining to someone from an older generation why you can't afford a house?
It's like
They grew up thinking hard work = house with a white picket fence.
For us? It's not that simple.

Prices are insane. It feels like a game we can't win.

And it's not just that

I'm constantly bombarded with all this other stuff:
Wars with China
Criminal syndicates in our neighborhoods
Content telling me I need to build muscles
Take care of my gut health
Improve my communication
Watch dragons fight on TV
Go for financial freedom!!

It's exhausting.

All I want is to connect.
To understand.
To be understood.

But these conversations... this information overload
It leaves me feeling so disconnected.

I started questioning everything
Does any of this even matter?

Nihilism started looking pretty good, you know?
Just a way to cope with all this chaos

But that didn't feel right either.
It felt like giving up.

So... what do we do?
How do we find meaning in all this mess?

I've been digging into some ideas
Viktor Frankl... Jacques Derrida

Don't worry, I'm not going full philosophy nerd on you.

But Frankl... he believed we can find meaning even in the worst situations.
It's not about what happens to us
It's how we respond.

And Derrida? He talks about how meaning is always shifting.
Never fixed.

At first, that frustrated me.
Now? I find it freeing.

Life doesn't have to be a rigid script.
It's more like a conversation.
Always evolving.

When I put these ideas together
I start to see a way forward.

It's not about finding one big, unchanging meaning
It's about creating it.
Through our actions.
Our attitudes.

We're not powerless.
We can shape our lives, even in small ways.

And that... that gives me a sense of purpose.

Maybe it's about finding those little pockets of meaning
In our daily lives.
The connections we make.
The goals we set.
How we choose to respond to challenges.

It's not about having all the answers
It's about being open to the journey.

You ever feel that way?
Like you're searching for something more
Even when everything seems uncertain?

And here's the thing about those older relatives
As much as they talk like they've got it all figured out
They don't.

They're navigating life just like we are.
Just with different tools.
Different experiences.

We're all trying to find our way.
And that's okay.

Maybe accepting that no one has it all figured out
Maybe that's what can bring us together.

Our differences don't have to divide us.
They can connect us.

So next time you're in one of those impossible conversations
Remember: We're all just trying to figure this out.

Maybe we won't solve everything today
But we can take a step.
Towards understanding.
Towards connection.
Towards a life that feels a little more meaningful.

We don't need all the answers.
We just need to keep moving forward

What do you think?
How do you find meaning in all this chaos?