One of my favorite childhood memories is of my first glimpse of MTV from a wooden console television. It was probably in 1987, and my friend's mom let us wear pieces of her lingerie so we could pretend to be Madonna as we danced on the surface of propped-up hard suitcases, our makeshift stage. We took wooden spoons and covered them with tin foil to make them look like microphones.

It was the first time I felt provocative and free, in the way an innocent 7-year-old self could.

This was the effect Madonna had on everyone then. She made you feel comfortable with your body and sexual identity, and promoted feeling sexy during a time in America when people simply weren't.

Causing a commotion

I love that I was born in 1979 and can call myself a Xennial—the American kids born between 1977 and 1983-ish. We're a pocket generation who possess a more optimistic outlook on life, coupled with the inherited cynicism of our Boomer parents. We knew what it was like to live unplugged, but we were the first kids to take the leap into the digital world