We’re All Fucking Lost

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I am a millennial, and if you are reading this, there is a high likelihood you are too (unless some Gen Z’s are reading this, which in that case, am I cool?) We’ve been lied to. I don’t believe they were intentional lies but lies nonetheless. We were coerced into believing that in order for us to succeed in life, we needed to go to post-secondary, get a job after, find a spouse, purchase a home, and have babies then our life is blissfully complete. We were told we needed to go to school for “real careers” and that frivolous degrees do not result in “solid careers.” And forget not going to school, that was not an option for most of us. We were told how to prosper based on their experiences.

But there is so much wrong with that. First, who decided what the measurements to success were? Second, why were our futures mapped out for most of us? Lastly, why didn’t we push back? I want to add that I don’t blame the generations before us, nor do I blame our parents. They did what they thought was right. They were unaware that the world would become this mixed-up place, and everything they know no longer exists. Alas, here we are, a lost generation. Most of us did exactly what we were told to do, and we can’t afford the lives we were promised, and our happiness has taken a back seat to practicality. 

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I am envious of Gen Z’s, a population of youth who have rebelled against most societal norms and are doing things their way. There is a level of bravery to fight against predated societal norms and that’s bravery; I believe we (millennials) are slowly deciding to face.

Most millennials in my circle are taking their life back. Living a previously void existence, they are either adopting those hobbies they’ve always so desperately wanted to enjoy, or they are starting over completely. I am twenty-seven years old, and after years of doing the responsible thing, I think I will begin my Second Act. What will that be? Who knows, but I do know that those old expectations of living are way back in that rear-view mirror.

I shall be lost no more.

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