I’ve always been called immature, but it’s just that my spirit is completely free from ties to society, so I’m not afraid to go anywhere in the world, even if I” lose “what I’ve earned here. And even if we sometimes think a little differently, no matter where I am, you’ll always be in my heart and I’ll see it for you, even if it’s miles away, because I love you and you will always be part of my life.
Words from a girl to her parents.
They call us immature, they call us spoiled, they call us the Millennials generation, but what does it really mean to be a generation that prefers to have experiences instead of salaries? What does it mean to be a generation that does not have stable jobs and that spends years jumping from apartment to apartment?
For our parents, and for all others who do not belong to our generation, it is difficult to understand this “new” way of thinking, since society has for several decades implanted in us the idea of “a stable life”, in which the goal of all is to get a good job, to buy a house, to own a car, to form a family and to maintain order and stability. From my perspective I do not believe that any lifestyle is better or worse, they are simply ways of seeing life and each one is completely valid. But today much of our generation chooses a more “adventurous” lifestyle, the problem is that for previous generations this means that we are scattered. According to what is believed, it means that many of us cannot “mature”. It means that we are disorganized, that we do not have motivation and that we do not deserve the label of “adults”.
They tell us that we are reckless and lazy. They tell us to look for stable jobs. That we establish ourselves. They tell us to stop playing and grow once and for all. What they do not realize is that we are adults and that we will never “mature”.
Do not be fooled, we could do it if we wanted; We could put on a suit and store our résumés in leather wallets and walk with a briefcase and have responsibilities on our shoulders. We could hop on and off in elevators for the rest of our lives. We could chain ourselves to desks for 60 hours of work a week … if we wanted to do that.
But we decided we did not want to. We prefer not to imprison ourselves to the routine of a “normal day”.
We have decided that we do not want to pretend to be happy. We have decided that we want to risk the chaos and the falls that come with refusing to conform ourselves rather than linking ourselves to the idea of a normal life.
We prefer not to sit in compliance with the rules and ideals inherited from generation to generation. We prefer to use our time according to a calendar created by ourselves. We prefer to dress as we want and work for companies we find to be important to us.
We prefer to spend months traveling instead of having days on a payroll. We prefer to be moving, mixing and exploring new terrain and ideas. We prefer to see the country we live in and not just work for it.
Since we like not to be “mature”, it feels like that is the only thing we are doing well.
The traditional signs of “maturing” can be summarized in 3 issues: salary, home and marriage. They say that millennials usually reject some of these paradigms and some think it is due to immaturity, some call it Peter Pan syndrome. No generation has to imitate the style and steps of life of their parents, it is something millennials have clearer than all.
That this generation does not immediately seek a home or marriage as its parents aspired, rather than a sign of disorder, indicates a social change and the formation of new lifestyles. This does not mean that at some point we do not want to start a family, well maybe some really do not raise it, which is not bad, but different surveys show that most of our generation do intend to form a home, but before that, they pretend to enjoy other types of experiences. Some millennials commented that you should not abandon your own dreams for another person because you could never be truly happy, what many millennials believe is that you must first follow your dreams and if on the way you find a person with whom to share them, it is the “best” that could happen.
But you really want to know what it means to be a generation that prefers to have experiences instead of salaries; it is summarized in the following points:
- We travel the world and not between offices.
- We buy clothing that we like and not the one we are told is appropriate.
- We take the initiative instead of sitting on our problems.
- We pursue dreams before deadlines.
- We go to concerts or to science seminars, it depends what we want.
- We follow our passions rather than a stable check.
- We learn new languages instead of interpreting old ones.
- We take opportunities, not bonuses, to work at Christmas.
- We climb mountains and not corporate stairs.
- We work on the week and not the weekends.
- We offer friendship to people from other countries instead of hating our neighbors.
- We demonstrate against wars instead of living hidden behind bars.
- We raise our voice instead of spending our lives sitting.
- We gather moments and not things.
- We live in the present and not in the past.
- We reform laws instead of conforming to them.
- We dance barefoot at parties instead of dancing around problems.
- We make the decisions instead of accepting the decisions of others.
- We live by history rather than by conclusion.
- We eat new foods instead of following the usual recipes.
- We care about our friends before we compete with them.
- We do what we want instead of what we are told is right.
- We marry our causes instead of marrying the wrong people.
- We help the sick instead of pretending to be sick.
- We write our own books instead of looking for the end of others.
- We did not sleep that long but we dream bigger.
Leave your comment if you think I miss another point, and remember to enjoy life day by day, no matter what lifestyle you choose, none is better than another is simply different, the important thing is that you learn to be happy.