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Being a millennial

Hi, my name is Candi and I’m a millennial.

It was only recently that I realized the term actually described me. I always heard about generation x and the baby boomers and the generation gap etc etc. But now there’s a group that I fall into and I can actually identify with.
A group of people who don’t seem to fit in and are at war with the changing world, not changing fast enough to meet our very real needs.
The truth is millennials are the largest generation the world has seen and thanks to our doting parents we are also the most educated. But with great power they say comes great responsibility and that’s where things get rough. Not only are we expected to be better than our parents were with far greater competition but we also should somehow be happy and motivated and energetic all the time. While in reality being a millennial is depressing.
When you’re not struggling to start a business you are fighting against hundreds of applicants for the same job.
Let’s not forgot how social media has this way of pitting us against each other with unrealistic images of perfection and success.
Being a millenial is hard. I’m sure I’m not the only one who thinks so. You may feel confused, useless and you probably still don’t know where you fit in this world. Whoever is reading this I want you to know that these feelings are not unique. They are valid but you are not the only one who struggles to figure out your future and your purpose. Don’t let it depress you. Instead, here are three tips to help you through those tough times:

  1. Talk about the issues you face with people you trust, who will listen to your concerns and see their validity. Sometimes a listening ear is all you need to get clarity. A problem that once seemed enormous can become smaller when its dissected in conversation.
  2. Don’t give up. You’ve probably heard this a million times but it’s true. Just like a wheel needs pressure applied to it to keep turning it’s the same with whatever you’re trying to accomplish. If you stop making an effort you won’t see any results. Taking a short break is fine but always get back on the horse. Reevaluate, assess, make the necessary changes and keep at it until success comes.
  3. Celebrate progress. In Jamaica we have an old proverb that says “every mikkle mek a mukkle” which means every little bit adds up, so as you keep making an effort results will come. Count all of those results big or small. Especially the smaller accomplishments on the journey to the big ones. an environment of celebration is always joyful and that will make you happier. Treat yourself, buy that drink or that book or take that vacation or just sleep for 8 hours however you see fit to reward yourself, do it! You’ve earned it. You are worthy of a day off, a break, you deserve to enjoy yourself even though you haven’t ‘made it’ yet.

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Love and Peace
-Candi Nicole

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