The “Young Person”Obsession with Finding the Perfect Job

Because I hate the word millennial.

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My friend Sarah gets in the car with her mom as she does every morning. Her mom drops her off at the train station to go to work, but as Sarah is getting out of the car, she lets out a sigh. Her mom asks “What’s wrong?”

Sarah replies, “I don’t like my job. This isn’t what I thought life would be like after college.”

Sarah’s mom retorts back, “People go to work to make money, maybe you expect too much from life.”

Is that true?

Would finding meaningful work that you are excited to get out of bed for fall under the category of “expecting too much from life”.

As a certified “young person”, based on my birth certificate at least, I refuse to believe that folks my age are asking for too much out of life. Maybe I am naive, but we’ve been raised to think otherwise.

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My generation was the first to grow up with teachers that promoted the idea that we could be anything one day. In the 1st grade, we were asked to draw a picture of what we wanted to be when we grew up and I drew a ninja. My teacher just patted me on the head and let me dream.

In college, we are pushed to think about how we can change the world, but no one ever tells you how. You are told to chase your dreams. We were told that our majors didn’t matter, but our parents would still tell us otherwise.

Through the use of the internet, we see people making it big doing what they love everyday. From Instagram influencers to famous Youtube vloggers, our generation KNOWS people are doing it. The internet has changed the game for how people can have careers and make money, maybe something Sarah’s mother hasn’t realized.

People I know are doing it. A colleague of mine owns real estate, has his own consultancy, and works full time to make the life that he wants work.

“The happiness of your life depends upon the quality of your thoughts.”- Marcus Aurelius

When you are unhappy with work and life, there will be people that will tell you that you are asking for too much, that you should settle down and be happy with what you have. My generation has a right to dream of a better life for themselves.

Aurelius said, “The happiness of your life depends upon the quality of your thoughts.” And it’s true. If you believe you can create something better, you absolutely can.

Please baby boomers, don’t tell the “young person” in your life that they are asking for too much. There is no reason anyone should settle for a life that doesn’t excite them.

A collection of scolding myself and yelling into the void.

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