Millennial Stuff

What Is a Millennial and Why Is It Such A Bad Thing?

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While I have read multiple different age and birth year ranges on a millennial, it is technically defined as anyone who was reaching young adulthood around the year 2000. So maybe I am a little farther behind than the actual millennial, because I was in kindergarten in 2000, but I feel like people still apply the term to my generation as well.  I have read it as anyone born after 1992. No matter the years, the negative connotations stay the same.Millennials are known for our safe spaces, participation trophies, selfie sticks, and our cell phones that must be "surgically removed" from our hands. We are better at figuring out technology than any other generation. Most of us can't spell to save our life, thanks to spell check and auto correct! But why is all of that a bad thing?

We are known for our safe spaces, participation trophies, selfie sticks, and our cell phones that must be “surgically removed” from our hands. We are better at figuring out technology than any other generation. Most of us can’t spell to save our life, thanks to spell check and auto correct! Urban dictionary killed it with this definition of us!

While there are so many negative descriptions of us, but there are also a few positives that I think better describe some of us. Willing to work for what they want, technology savvy, the best work/life balance of any generation are just a few.

I have such a strong love for writing that has been nurtured by my love of reading that started at a very young age. It was fed from countless elementary teachers who continuously encouraged me to read anything and everything I could get my hands on. My love of writing was encouraged by my 7th grade English teacher.  She knew what I was capable of and never expected anything less of me.

My 10th grade math teacher taught me to love what you do and work won’t be that hard. It taught me that just because you love something, doesn’t mean you are the best at it. He taught me that life is too short to hate what you do everyday, but to find a reason to love everything you do.

I am not an English major and I am definitely not a grammar expert. But I do have a strong love for writing and I hope that keeps my business striving throughout many years to come.

I love being a millennial.

I am writing about being a millennial because I want everyone who cusses at my generation to be proved wrong, but right at the same time.

Lazy, entitled, and selfish are all true. I am lazy when it comes to things I don’t want to do or if I don’t really understand why something has to be done. Why should I go out of my way to do extra work if it isn’t going to actually benefit anyone? I am definitely not a fan of busy work in order to look productive. Entitlement is strong when I know I am not being treated fairly. I can definitely be selfish when it comes to my time and money. I don’t like to waste either.

Compared to others in my generation, I am in no need of a “safe space.” I don’t get easily offended, but I know when someone is being rude to other people. Fairness should be for everyone, not just the majority. I am tired of older generations using the excuse that “This is the way it has always been.” Society is broken and most millennials are trying to fix it.  They are trying to be themselves.

Working for someone else means working for their dreams instead of your own.  I don’t want to work for someone else for the rest of my life. I don’t ever want someone to dictate when I can spend time with my family.  Or when I can enjoy the simple pleasures like coffee while watching snow fall out the window. I’m in love with the idea of not having an income cap based on someone else’s judgement of my worth.

I want my future family to know their worth.

If  I do ever get married and have kids, I want there to be freedom. I will be there for soccer games, holiday parties, and dance recitals.  I want to be the cool soccer mom that also has a killer income from home.

Not just my future family, but my little brother is nine. Being able to spend time with him is a blessing that not many older siblings get to have.

So maybe I do have the qualities of a millennial, but it really is all about how I embrace them. I want to work hard for what I have, but I don’t want to work for someone else.  The possibilities are endless.

Millennials have found a love for life much younger than any generation before us. They don’t want to go to work for 40 years, just to look forward to retirement every single day. So is being a millennial always such a bad thing?

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