Remember when life was easy? Summer days could be counted in dog years. The only reasons to wake-up before eleven were school or Saturday morning cartoons. When twenty dollars lasted for weeks, and when the only deadlines that existed were the streetlights turning on that symbolized the beginning of bedtime.
Now if you are like me, you have reached the edge of the precipice of youth, maybe you are just sitting on the edge, feet dangling in the breeze of a sixty to eighty year fall. It’s nice here, you can see out for miles and when you look behind you— well, it really doesn’t seem like you are all too far from the car to go back home. The problem? You’re getting pushed. You can try to grip to the ledge, but the rocks are loose and you are only buying time until you have to accept that fall. Will it kill you? Well it doesn’t have to.
Everyone makes it to this stage, and it truly feels like you go from not understanding stress and complexity to having abstraction rain over you like a hurricane that has no eye. In this day-in-age we do things to prolong this inevitable, and we struggle to avoid taking that long drive out to that forlorn cliff. Yet if we were more adept, like previous generations, then we would know to come prepared when we take that walk out to gaze upon our own horizons.
That is what I want to tackle by doing this podcast. I want to help people like me, twenty-somethings who have grown-up in a social structure that does not always require them to be the most concerned with their future. I want to answer the questions, like “When do I need a retirement account?” or “How do I cope with my fiancé changing his mind?” — “Why do I need health insurance?” “Does my vote even matter? OR even as simple as “What’s all this paperwork about when I just wanted to get a dog?”
My circumstances along the way forced me to grow-up faster than most— at many turns in life I was faced with this prospect. I also happen to be a Millennial born of Baby Boomer parents, raised by post-depression grandparents, rather than having early Gen Xer’s for mom and dad. However, I too fell for the trap of a hedonistic paradise island. Luckily, I found my way off through everything I have been through, and after many a conversation with friends, family, and strangers— I have decided to share what I have say. None of it will ever be coined as “advice,” as if I have a leg-up on anyone about this generation, because I don’t. However, I do have opinions and I have a knacked for explaining things, so hopefully between that continuum I can provide a transparent look at what you may be up against, or maybe just a better explanation on what you’ve been through. Ultimately though, I hope to provide you with the tools and knowledge, so that when you walk out to that cliff, you can comfortably leap into the oceans below, know that you now have what it takes to figure out what Adulthood is…
The Millennial’s, as is most often agreed upon, otherwise known as Generation Y, The Peter Pan Generation, or lovingly referred to as the Jeff Who Lives At Home Generation. The benefits of a generation who aren’t confined to hard, manual labor or a draft are plentiful, but can also be a curse.
Take multi-tasking— a something that is so disputed by science, that like the millennial’s Simple bank account, could disappear instantly from existence without a second thought. We _think_ we are multitaskers, because we can flip through Instagram, business emails, and checking our Pokestop Lure— all while using our desktop computers to write up a press release for our job— He said, describing last Wednesday at work. The problem with this is that we begin taking ourselves to task when productivity suffers. multitasking and every snake-oil app that sells it is nonsense. If this generation should claim anything its the ability to be more efficient through micro-actions, and we’ll talk more about _Shaping A Generation_ in a later episode. All-in-all driving your kid to school, while making a sales call, and painting your toe nails is true Multitasking— flicking a button to If This Then That a Twitter post to your Facebook and Instagram is not.
As for being the generation of technical savvy— Nah. That’ll be Generation Z. This generation is the last one who had to transition between no internet, VHS’s, no cell phones, etc. We are tech-savviest currently, but will be de-throned.
The new adults crave recognition. With social media, blogs, and new ways to promote oneself in the greater realm of the internet, we have all become marketing agents for our own self-brands. If I have to listen to one more person talk about being a “Brand Ambassador” I might roll over and cry. This is another set of skills that must be defined in becoming an adult. Stripping away the ego and playground mentality of trying to be the most popular in the lunchroom. Instead, we have to learn to embrace and not exploit this.
There are great traits that exists within us though that are uniquely our own. Transparency, which in-and-of-itself is what brings me to want to share my stories in an attempt to assist others. Collaboration, again another principle behind this podcast. And a work-life balance. Healthy minds, healthy bodies, and healthy home. We are more concerned with finding balance than any other generation. I believe this comes from the Lost Boys, Never Grow Up mentality, but to its merit, it can be used to such benefits.
I hope to use this podcast to dive deeper into all these things, and to answer questions that might have been on the back of your minds— For the largest generation on the planet, where 10,000 of us a day are turning 21— lining up for our leaps of faith, the ones spending over $3 trillion a year in commerce, who consciously are choosing to retreat from mainstream generalities, and instead leaning into the thousands of niche cultures. We have five years before over 60% of the current executives step down and retire, including politicians. With the right tools, we can be a generation, just like the Baby Boomers, who made a difference at a young age— who had a voice that came out of a head that rested firmly on good shoulders.
I surely hope you’ll stick with me here, so we can share in an open dialogue together. Asking questions, finding answers, learning what works best for us on our own rather than by generations that are fast-becoming fish-out-of-water in today’s fast-changing climate. We’ve been climatized since birth to handle rapid change, we just have to prepare ourselves for a good landing into those oceans. You, me, and everyone you know— Let’s meet back here next week, and try to figure out what Adulthood Is…