Generation Z’s Symbols of Resilience

Resilience: the capacity to recover quickly from difficulties; toughness.

Gen Zs can be tough with their quick and dry remarks. Sarcasm is the new religion. But underneath the humor, there is something deeper. To explain, I’ll quote a song released in 1998 by New Radicals: You get what you give.

Gen Zs were conditioned to adapt to their surroundings. Millennials wanted to shape the world into something better through kindness. And let me say, millennials have had it tough. It’s hard to change a society by being on your knees and being nice all the time. Therefore, Gen Zs flipped the script. 

We just stopped trying to change our surroundings. The definition of the “perfect human society” changed. Nobody is born perfect.

Instead of looking for the right person, why not start by being the right person? Teen births and marriages among Gen Z have dropped significantly when compared to previous generations (The Annie E. Casey Foundation). Many Gen Zs don’t want to have kids and feel more comfortable being on their own. We had to create our own resources of support. Luckily, we live in the age of content creation.

Gen Zs were born into the most unsafe and liberative age of information. There is an excess of information from the media and various “authorities,” and we just don’t know what to believe anymore. The solution? Just create something of your own that you can believe in. Simple.

And what if that doesn’t work? Go to a therapist or life coach and talk it out. Gen Zs have advocated for mental health in a way that hasn’t been seen before. Advocacy has been the key to encouraging candor. We have taken social media standards and created the trend of a “safe space” where we can all support each other and bring back values that seem lost. 

These activities and how we have been able to reinvent ourselves in the span of 20 years has created a spreadable attitude of survivorship. For us it may seem normal, but we are growing to become a strong-willed society because of our ability to be elastic and moldable to the situations that go around our lives. The next question is, how is that helping us to seek meaning?


The Annie E. Casey Foundation. “What the Statistics Say About Generation Z.” The Annie E. Casey Foundation, 13 November 2020.

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