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TOPIC: Just venting. Stories of a millennial.

Just venting. Stories of a millennial. 01 Jun 2015 00:30 #7359

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So today I struggled with what to write about. I like doing these responses on Sundays because it gives me time to experience life throughout the week but today I am still a little bit stuck. Consequently, I have decided to write about being a millennial. Everything is different for us and no one really has the answers we're looking for whether it be advise on school, career building, moving out, there's no real answer as to when and where it's supposed to happen.

It used to be graduate from high school, go to college, get your degree while doing an internship, land the great job. Now we have degrees that mean nothing and everything is so competitive it's gross. We're moving out of our parents' homes later and later and I have to tell you it is a bit debilitating. It can really make you bitter if you let it. So we're working three and four odd jobs while we're in school so we can afford rent. It's a non-stop lifestyle and nothing like the previous generations before us experienced. Not to mention we're in a huge city so cars are basically a necessity and if you can afford one you're doing pretty well for yourself.

I just feel like no one has the answers I'm looking for and I cant wait until this phase of my life is over. They say your twenties are supposed to be your best years but I've got to tell you, it hasnt been that fun. We literally are clinging to every ounce of sleep we can get ahold of while praying to God that hard work really does pay off. I mean because if it doesnt where do we go from here? I mean thank God for supportive parents but some of us love the peace we get from being on our own.

These are just my millennial gripes. We probably sound like big babies and that's fine because this is our life.
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Just venting. Stories of a millennial. 01 Jun 2015 01:19 #7365

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I completely agree with you! I am only twenty years old and I already hold so much stress. And it stresses me out thinking even further ahead into the future. For example, I have at least another three years of college total, and I already know it's going to be difficult. Once I graduate from college, I know I'm not going to be guaranteed anything, and the thought of working so hard for not even one guarantee scares me. I'm the type of person who needs everything to be planned out, and the fact that everything is a big question mark after college is unnerving.
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Just venting. Stories of a millennial. 04 Jun 2015 13:18 #7407

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You have every right to feel how you feel. I turn 25 this year and I am no where I wanted to be and things have been harrrrrd. Things get rough and no one has the answers because we're the first generation to go through this, our parents can't help us with what they dont know. It's sad that we aren't put in a position to be great and we have to work so hard for the bare minimum. It may not be fair but it is what it is and I hope you get through. It's okay to be mad and cry and vent but make sure you just trust your struggle and know that everything will fall into place. This lifestyle right now is just temporary, that's what I remind myself to stay positive. I hope everything gets better for you.
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Just venting. Stories of a millennial. 07 Jun 2015 23:56 #7463

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Believe me, you're preaching to the choir. It's almost humorous that I'm responding to your post about being an overwhelmed Millennial through an online forum provided by our Media course - which I'm taking online because I'm just too damn busy to attend class physically, even part-time. Actually, I'm rather grateful that I get even this opportunity because not long ago, I was working three jobs full time with no prospect of college whatsoever. This went on for over two years. Now, I'm not regretful of my path, because in all honesty, I had to confront myself that I had no clue where to begin once I graduated high school. It wasn't that I hadn't any options; I had too many. My interests were far too vast and temporary to settle on immediately after graduation, and so I set out to work (sort of had to in order to support myself) full-time, until I found my niche and stuck with it.

I'm glad to say that I've found my footing, at least for the meantime, but that's not to say that I'm out of the deep end forever. That's a huge part with accepting the quandaries Millennials must face, which we're always going to face somewhat without accurate guidance, since no prior generation understands the respective rate at which our society is expanding/expecting. However, we're an adaptive culture, and that is incredibly to our benefit. We have the ability to create ourselves from the ground up, with access to technology and networking that gives us a multitude of different tools to use at our advantage. When it comes to our career paths, it's no wonder that we're feeling overworked, overstressed and unfulfilled - we often bite off more than we can chew. But in spite of all of the stress, what I've learned to nurture is my inner self (as cheesy as it may sound). I've previously been so wrapped up in expectation, that I realized I was already being far too hard on myself, both mentally and physically. Neglecting your internal well-being as well as depriving yourself from a healthy, balanced lifestyle is completely common among people in my age demographic. I advise you remember to breathe long and deep. Take a healthy breather (not so much a heavy boozer). Find something in your life that brings to surface your inner child - your innocence, if you will - let that change your perception from negative to positive and use this energy to help you manifest in the areas you need to in life.
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