I was having my daily check of Facebook this morning when someone shared a rant from Reddit about how terrible life as a millennial is.
That has been shared 65,000 times so far and it came from a personal account saying “I’ve not read anything as accurate in a while.” Sigh…
NOW HANG ON A MINUTE!
Are you sure we’re in the same generation??
Sure this person is from over the sea in the land of the USA but jeeso! If you’ve decided to opt out from life blaming your generation and our parent’s generations for all the problems in your life no wonder it seems bad.
When the reality is… millennials win, we have the internet.
And with the internet we have the power to access information on anything at any time, we can make our own opportunities. Thousands of people make a living on Youtube making videos. Do you think your parents could have done that?
I became financially independent at 23 because I have a steady internet connection through affiliate marketing which was born with the internet.
We have access to so many opportunities that have never before existed, we can connect with like-minded people who share our passions and make money doing pretty much anything we want. We don’t have to go down a coal mine to slam away with a pickaxe for endless hours getting sicker everyday, we get to do interesting work for interesting people.
If your sick of endless remakes of movies or if like me you’ve got Marvel fatigue and don’t want to see another superhero movie then pick up a book. Take up a different hobby. Go online and find a group near you who do interesting things.
“Social Media Spys on us” Oh my god (he said sarcastically) if only there was some way we could not go on social media and meet friends in person instead!
“Retirement seems like a hilarious fantasy” I beg to differ, as does the rest of the FIRE community.
Sure it’s easy to sit at home and say “it’s not my fault, I’m a millennial! I’ll never own a house, or get a job!” than it is too set that as a goal and work towards it.
It’s easy to complain that culture is dead and we have all these problems but who cares? Every generation has problems, and I’d say a lot of ours are far more trivial than years gone past. Especially while we sit in our cafes playing on the supercomputers we carry in our pockets getting more educated than anyone else before us.
Things aren’t worse they’re different. We might not be able to buy a house at 21 but we also don’t start work until much later, you don’t leave school at 16 and get a job, you go to university and get a job at 21/22. And the types of job available are so broad and diverse the real problem is having to pick something!
Let’s stop the blame.
It’s too easy.
Fu Mon Chu says
Well said. I’m fed up with the mainstream media portraying hard done to millennials. There’s never been more opportunity than now.
Glad you agree!