Although he barely made it into this generation, I would say that my best friend belongs in that box with the big question. In my opinion, he is the “Man of the Years”. My best friend is a man who knows what it is like to struggle and to have to work to get back on his feet. That was when he experienced his “High”. According to the McKay article, a High is “a time with strong civic values: institutions are strong and individualism is weak. Ideals that were valued during a crisis are institutionalized”. I am sure that my best friend has had a few low points in his life because a man of his background always has things that he must overcome. However, the lowest “Crisis” point he had ,in my opinion, was when he found out his grandmother had lung cancer. His grandmother acted as his mentor, his best friend, his mother, and many more. She meant the world to him but he knew that she would not be around for much longer. Since a “High” is a time after a crisis, his “High” came here. Knowing that the loss of his best friend was inevitable, he changed a multitude of things from how he got his money to who he hung out with. Once he lost his grandmother, those changes were set in stone.
My best friend is a representation of my generation because he has experienced adversities that many people though he had no chance of getting through. Seeing as though my generation has been labeled the “screwed” generation, we know struggle and adversities , as a generation, all too well. We caught the backlash of other people’s decisions. Some say we have no chance of becoming successful. Many are afraid that we are the generation that now controls the future. But we are not letting those critics deter us. And my best friend did not allow those critics to deter him either. We, as a generation, are undergoing our Crisis now as we have been for a while. Will we ever come out of our Crisis stage? Absolutely. But it will not be a simple task. We must work to get out of our Crisis so that we can reach our High and make the many generations who look down on us “eat their words”. That is our goal and we will achieve it. No ifs, ands, or buts about it.
– Nya M.