During slow times at work, I tend to browse around on the Internet for a little while, sites like Yahoo with their news articles (and “so-called news” articles — seriously, some of the topics that they write about shouldn’t be newsworthy, like the cost of a celebrity’s leggings). Often enough, there will be articles showing off studies about millennials, how we think, how we work, what we want out of life, things like that.
Forgive me, but I wasn’t aware we millennials were a different species from the rest of humankind. Apparently we’re baffling enough to warrant these studies for the older generations (you know, the generations that raised us) of the world.
One of the major things I see regarding us millennials is how we’re different with the way we want to work and make our livelihoods. We’re not thrilled with the idea of 9 to 5 desk jobs. We want creative freedom in what we do. Yet, those 9 to 5 desk jobs are generally what pays the bills.
My job is a fantastic opportunity, one I’m not going to waste, but I’m not going to try to stop reaching towards the creative freedom I crave. I’ve been told that I’m set for life with my job, that with enough careful planning and saving I’ll be able to retire in just a few decades rather than six.
But I’m not my parents or grandparents. I’m not satisfied with a 9 to 5 desk job. Granted, they may not have been either, but back then their life goals may have been different than my generation’s. My generation is all gung-ho about chasing after our happiness, even if the money isn’t the best in our dreams. We’re the generation who is challenging the notion that you work just for money.
I’ve gotten amazing advice and support from my family, from the generations that came before me, and I will forever be grateful to them for it. Their advice will always be there in the back of my mind, but I also need to figure out my own path, forge my own way.
I think that’s how millennials baffle the older generations the most. We’re not content with just working to survive. We want more than that and we’re taking steps to get it.
(I mean, we’re probably still little pains sometimes to those older generations, but hey, that’s expected, right?)