On Tuesday, Tangela Ekhoff, a self-described “writer, speaker, sit-down comic,” took to Twitter to lay down some wisdom for the younger generation. The Gen X woman’s advice for millennials is going viral, garnering tens of thousands of likes and retweets in only a few days. The refreshing thing about Ekhoff’s advice is that it’s not condescending, nor does it rely on negative stereotypes about millennials. Instead, she offers a supportive message about embracing life and knowing what's important.
Earlier this week, Ekhoff, who has previously made headlines for her popular Scandal recaps, tweeted, “Dear Millennials, I'm a Black female Gen X lady. Old enough to be your damn Mama. I have a little advice... Eat the avocado toast. Travel to new places. Go back to school. Never, ever listen to people who envy your youth and freedom.”
Any advice that begins with “Eat the avocado toast,” I am HERE for. In fact, a number of Ekhoff’s statements in her ensuing tweet thread belong on motivational posters (and I mean that in the best way). Like:
Ekhoff also acknowledged the negative stereotypes about millennials that have been perpetuated in a seemingly endless stream of think pieces. “Most of the folk who make money writing about you don't understand you,” she wrote. “They envy you. The menfolk especially.”
Soak up the wisdom:
Dear Millineals,— Tangela Ekhoff (@tangelaekhoff) May 17, 2017
I'm a Black female Gen X lady. Old enough to be your damn Mama. I have a little advice...
It's a big world out there waitong for you to explore it. Home ownership is great, but it ain't all that.— Tangela Ekhoff (@tangelaekhoff) May 17, 2017
Either biologically, or through your own choice is all that matters. Go. Do. Be. Your life should be about the verbs.— Tangela Ekhoff (@tangelaekhoff) May 17, 2017
Go live your lives. Make choices that work for you...The only thing you will ever regret not owning is your happiness. FIN— Tangela Ekhoff (@tangelaekhoff) May 17, 2017
Hundreds of people have responded to Ekhoff’s tweets with gratitude, tears … and requests to be adopted.
@tangelaekhoff I needed to hear this so much today. Thank you for being so warm and lovely.— M Evan Matyas 🏳️🌈 (@EvanMatyas) May 18, 2017
@tangelaekhoff i cant believe i gained an extra mom today, but here we are— brianna bean barker (@bri_bark) May 17, 2017
Thanks for the good advice, Tangela!