The Pressure on Millennials to “Blow” and “Make it”

Source: Mental Floss

The trajectory I grew up with all my life was to become a best selling award winning author; that’s the only way my career will make sense.

After all, how can you be a great singer but not be as popular as Beyoncé? How can you play football excellently well and never be as popular as Lionel Messi? How can you own your companies but never be as popular as Oprah Winfrey? So, I thought, how can I want to be a writer and not end up like Enid Blyton or Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie? I planned that after after attaining a height as an author, I’d get about 2–5 honorary doctorate degrees then go on to become a professor of English at a high-level University.

A millennial is someone born between 1981 and 1996.

There is a lot of pressure on people born within this time to be successful; and success isn't relative. You would never be seen as something or someone important if you do not have the accolades and fame to show for it. Gone are the days when a successful person was someone who had a job or a business, was being paid well and had access to luxury things. Now, such a person might just be considered wealthy (and might be said to be parents’ money). Success now is by how many people know you, how many social media followers you have, how many awards you have and most recently, how strong a relationship you have with celebrities, foreign people and/or businesses.

I told a couple of people last Christmas that I just wanted to earn well in a sustainable 9–5 company while being an author/teacher on the side and I was told to be ‘under ambitious’. Some people went on to plan my life for me (based on fame and power) that should be the way I’m to go. It’s a big problem really.

These are some things I have observed with millennials plus some facts:

  • Millennials are seriously divorced from reality because we’re tired.

“What am I doing with my life?” …has become a question millennials have at some point asked themselves because things just started not looking right.

We’re just burnt out, hoping that we just have a good enough career that makes life worth living. Live life to the fullest keeping in mind that whether or not we are writers as popular as ourselves or as popular as JK Rowling, that we still are successful. There aren't any metrics for anything. You control your life, time, destiny and pathway.

So, dear millennial, breathe and relax. You’re not lazy and you don’t have to ‘blow’. Just keep working and living.

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