For years now, there have been discussions between Millennials and older generations on whether or not Millennials are spoiled.
So the question is, do I agree with this ?
My Answer: Yes and No.
Let me explain:
I don’t think that Millennials are spoiled per se but I do think that we definitely were coddled a little too much as kids, which never really allowed us to grow as adults.
Let me use myself for example so I don’t trigger anybody.
Growing up, my parents – specifically my dad – helped us out a lot in different areas of life, mostly financially.
We wanted money to go hang out with friends, we would get it.
We wanted money for new school clothes, we were covered.
I’m making it sound like I’m spoiled when that couldn’t be any further from the truth.
You see, I lived with my mom in Los Angeles for most of my life and we could barely make ends meet.
I had to watch her struggle…a lot.
My only personal source of income would appear every 4-5 months in the form of checks from my school.
I had to make that last, sparingly, until my next check arrived the following semester.
So yeah, when I needed money and my dad was there to help, it was nice, but it’s not like he was handing out wads of cash.
My point is, while we weren’t spoiled, our parents had our backs.
They always encouraged us to go out there and reach for our dreams and do what we needed to do to get there.
My dads main focus was us getting a good education so that one day, we can support ourselves and until then, he would help us out.
Which he did.
My mom may not have had the money but she had the love and support.
She always had food in the fridge and clothes on our backs and loved us unconditionally, no matter how old we were and still living in her home.
Long-story-short, my parents never forced us out into the world to fend for ourselves, which was both a good and bad thing.
It was good because they provided for us in ways that I will forever be thankful for and never made us question whether or not they had our backs.
However, it was bad because, yes, we were always taken care of, so we never really felt the need to go out there and start working at a young age.
In hindsight, I wish I would’ve started young.
Now that I’m older, it took me so long to figure out what I wanted out of life.
I knew I didn’t want to sit behind a desk answering phone calls all day.
Had I started doing that younger – that being my only option – I would have been used to that by now, but I didn’t.
I didn’t know what I wanted to do career wise or what I was passionate about because I never had any experience.
I agree with older people when they say things like, “You young folk are lazy, 20 years old, still no job. I was out building houses by the age of two. Y’all don’t know what real work is.”
Great old person impersonation? I know, thanks.
But yes, I agree.
Had we been forced to work at a young age like other generations, maybe we wouldn’t be where we are right now, struggling to decided who we want to be.
But is where we are right now such a bad thing?
The thing I love about being a Millennial, what sets us apart from other generations is that –
WE ARE DREAMERS.
We are not okay with living a mundane life, being told what to do or having our futures drawn out for us in stone by other people.
We want more.
We want to do more than make money and just barely get by.
We want to change the world.
So maybe we are spoiled.
Maybe our parents did coddle us a little bit.
Maybe we never had to know the struggle of working at a young age in order to survive.
Maybe we don’t know what the f*** we’re doing with our lives at the moment.
But that’s because we had the freedom to figure out what it is that we truly want out of life.
We don’t want to be content.
We want to be happy.
We want to make a difference.
If that makes us spoiled…so be it.
• What are your though on the images placed upon Millennials?
• Do you think we’re spoiled? Why or why not?
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