There’s a lot of talk about us doing things like moving back in with mom and dad. Of job hopping. Of not knowing what we want out of life; and not having it all figured out yet. And a lot of comparing us to generations that have come before us. Particularly to our parents, mostly Boomers, many of whom did what was expected of them – they got a degree, got a job, started a family, and have careers with the same company lasting longer than I’ve been alive.
So what is the matter with us? Why can’t we just follow in the footsteps of generations before us? Why must we be so restless? So undecided? So fickle?
If you will, let me purpose my own hypothesis. I blame our parents and our teachers.
You see, my entire childhood I was told I could be whatever I wanted to be. At age six I was given a book to this affect, and it purposed that I could be a firefighter, a doctor, a lawyer or an astronaut among other professions. I was taught to dream big, with a healthy dose of “you’re not going to make it there on your good looks alone”. I remember at different points in my childhood and teen years wanting to be an artist, a writer and illustrator, a lawyer and an astronaut (apparently that book had a big impact on me, see: bookworm). And then after graduating and getting some life experience I decided I wanted to go into sustainable energy. Maybe I’ll change my mind again someday, afterall, my mom did in her late 40s. Who says what I want to be today is what I’ll want to be in 10 years or 20 years or even in 2 years?
And, point number two: I can’t even count the number of times I’ve been told throughout my school career to do the things that I love, and to do the things that make me happy. Take a job you love. Well, how are we supposed to know if we love it if we don’t try it out? And what happens when we do try it out and come to find it doesn’t make us happy? We decide to try something new, and see if we love that.
So, you see, I think we’re just good learners. And I think the lessons we were given were good ones, even if they lead to a bit of unrest. We’ll figure it out. At least, I’m pretty sure I am.Comments: 2 Comments