Most of my peers are in their mid to late 20’s. What does that mean? Some of us have finished up our first degree and are working towards our second or third. Others may have found their dream career and are actively working on moving up the ladder of success. Some of us, like myself, have decent jobs, but also have a side hustle trying to figure out this adult thing. Contrary to popular belief, all of this is okay. As millennials, we have been put into a unique position. The generation before us think that we are lazy and entitled. For most of us, I disagree. We are in a time where there is so much information and opportunity that we have no clue where to start.
Past generations like to simplify life in three steps. They tell us to graduate college, get a good job, and start a family. It sounds good, but why go to college and rack up over hundreds of thousands of dollars in student loans? I enjoyed my college experience and met some lifelong friends, but at times, I contemplate if it was worth the financial stress. After college, we are then told that we should be able to get a good job, but they don’t tell us that looking for a job is the job. As I have discovered, many employers are looking for eager young people that have 5+ years of experience in their field. It’s difficult to obtain that experience when we’ve only had time for college. On top of that, our parents want us to start a family, so they can have grandchildren. Unfortunately, it is tough when you are trying to build a career and pay off your debts. Life would be great if it was just those three steps, but it’s just not that simple anymore.
I don’t mean to sound like the complaining millennial, but those are some of the issues this generation is struggling with. However, all hope is not lost. Our 20’s and even our early 30’s is a time where we should be putting in the work on ourselves. We have so much at our disposal that we should take the time to explore what we want. Even now, one of my friends is moving from our hometown Milwaukee and starting her adult life over in another state. Some might say that’s bold, but I say that she has recognized and tapped into her millennial gift of opportunity. We all have millennial gifts, but life can get in the way of our vision. Unlike past generations, we are not confined to the rigidity of life. We can get up and go when we want. Millennials have a hustler spirit that we can tap into and create something that has never been seen or done before.
Now some might disagree and think they don’t have it, but we all do. We must do the work! The work may include losing weight, seeing a therapist, reading books, attending lectures, and using YouTube. YouTube is a millennial gift that is often used for entertainment. It has so much information on its platform that it can be an alternative for college. Be fearless and seek out possible mentors. There are people out there that are willing to help. Recognize the power that you have as a millennial and the world is your because “they” know what we are capable of and you should too.
What are your millennial gifts and what gifts did I miss?
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