I read a blog post the other day that really made me think about some current social issues, specifically with my generation (probably because I’m self centered and am focusing on myself) which apparently is stereotypical of my generation… the world revolves around us! 😉
Generation Y is the generation with birth dates approximately from the early 80’s to the early 2000’s, so I pretty much fall smack dab in the middle. Anyway, in this person’s blog post, which I apologize I can’t find at the moment, but if this sounds familiar to anyone and you know who I should be giving credit to please let me know! I will keep looking and update this if I find it also.
This author explained, through very impressive imagery, why Generation Y is so depressed. Basically, we grew up thinking all we had to do was go to college (or in some cases just graduate high school) then we would instantly get a high paying job that we loved of course, a beautiful house with a luscious green lawn, a happy marriage with kids, and a dog, and we would just love everything in life! Seriously, we watched way too much Disney growing up!
Unfortunately, that just isn’t how the world works. It’s called a Fairy Tale for a reason.
My generation seems to think they should have the job they want plus they should make just as much money as everyone else in every other job. Well… that’s ridiculous. If you went to school to be a doctor you should have known going in you would rack up x amount of student loans and you would come out making x amount of dollars with an x percentage that there would be a job available in your chosen field when you finished college. If you went to school to be a Teacher you probably won’t make us much money as a doctor, everyone knows this, so why are we mad at doctors for making more than us? I mean, it’s not like this is news to anyone, you chose your field…
My Political Science teacher in college told us about a few years he had spent living abroad and he said their society didn’t care as much about the amount of money the other person made or what profession their friends were in, they were pretty much friends with the kids they were friends with growing up until the day they died. One would be dirt poor and the other wouldn’t be, they made different choices, they didn’t blame the other person for their choices. Why is it that we are making this great divide between the rich and the poor like we are against each other? The have’s blame the have-nots for not working hard and the have-nots blame the haves for not giving more. The blame game is stupid and never solved anything!
If we continue to blame everyone else for our choices (for instance I’ve chosen to largely be a stay at home instead of pursing a career in Management) which means I won’t make a lot money but I decided I’d rather be poor and build a strong relationship with my kids than have a lucrative career. I’m good with that decision because I made it, so I’m not going to hate those that work their butts off to make a lot of money.
In order for our generation to get out of this depression slump there are probably a few things we should consider. First of all, your life is not that bad. Maybe you live in a small run down apartment, or with your parents, and you are living off Ramen Noodles…. you still aren’t homeless or starving so you still have a better life than most of the world. Also, anyone reading this post clearly has access to internet and is literate… still better off than most of the world… you don’t have it that bad. Second, avoid a sense of entitlement like it is the freaking plague! It will make you depressed. As soon you start thinking, “Well Suzie has an easy job making a lot of money and a fancy house, why can’t I have that?” You have fallen into a sense of entitlement and you will never, ever be happy until you get out of it! This isn’t easy to do, I struggle with it on a daily basis, men make more money doing the same job, I wish I had an easier time being pregnant, why can’t I have the energy my mom has… when I start going there I try to pull myself out of it as fast as I can, because it’s only a path to misery! And Finally, stop comparing yourself to other people! You are not them, and thank goodness because if we were all the same life would be boring! Can you imagine if there were 100 Kim Kardashian’s in the world? There would be more reality TV shows than anybody could handle! So stop comparing!
Be happy with your life, even if it’s not what you thought it would be. If there is something you want different that you have the power to change, then change it, if you can’t change it, stop stressing yourself about it, it’s a waste of time, you might as well find the silver lining to everything and enjoy!
May we all have our own special unicorns! 🙂