I am not religious, but I do have faith. My faith is not a cop-out, but is attuned to the movement of my generation. For many Millennials, God is a murky word. According to Pew research, Millennials are the least religious of any generation, but also consider themselves just as spiritual as past generations. “Spirituality” has become the umbrella term for Millennials who have faith in something without engaging in religious practice. Like all generations, we feel the necessity to believe in something bigger than ourselves. We just want to practice faith in our own way.
On an otherwise insignificant afternoon, I was cleaning my room when a Blink-182 song came on shuffle through my computer speakers. For a moment that was gone before I could grasp it, I felt an indefinable sadness. I had often experienced that strange, visceral nostalgia that occurs when listening to music symbolic of past phases in one’s life, even if my old tastes are regrettable.