The Millennial Struggle

The Millennial Struggle

Life as a millennial may seem easy, but it definitely it has it’s fair share of tough moments. Over the past few weeks I have been trying to figure out which path I need to take in order to get where I ultimately want to go in life. It is the millennial struggle, well – one of them. Right now I’m sitting in my room feeling slightly anxious about writing this post. I’ve been thinking around this issue attempting to avoid confronting my thoughts and trying not to become overwhelmed. I was thinking that instead of using my blog to talk about things after the fact, I figured why not write while I’m in my feelings. That whole Gary (Vee) Vaynerchuk – document vs. create thing, which is basically about showcasing/documenting the journey.

Here we go: I have 3 different passions in life – fashion styling, interior design, and writing. I also have a full-time salaried job where I’ve just received a raise and I’ve decided to take on more responsibility. My job is relatively low stress, pretty flexible, and it pays the bills (including payments to my six figure student loan debt) and allows me to save a bit on the side. Here’s where the millennial struggle comes in: I want to follow my dreams and passions, but the self-doubt gets real sometimes. Am I good enough to pursue these things? Can I really do everything I want to do? Should I just pick one and see how it goes? Will I be financially stable? How do I get the necessary experience to do this successfully​? Contrary to popular belief, most millennials are not entitled, we know we need experience to build credibility in our fields, there is no such thing as an overnight success.

The Millennial Struggle

Now I know that there are non-millennials who are dealing with the same struggle, but I believe our demographic is struggling with it the most. We’ve been out of college for a few short years, some of us have even obtained graduate degrees, but overall we’re just getting our feet wet in our “careers.” We have an opportunity to stop ourselves from becoming the people who work jobs they hate until they retire or die.  

I’ve had this thought in my mind for a while now – do I leave a job I actually like or forgo a better paying position to pursue these passions? I vividly remember what unemployed life was like and I DO NOT want to go back there. To be honest, I really do like my job, but it doesn’t feel long-term to me, another year and I’ll be hitting a ceiling. I also need more money, I can do everything I need to do, except move out of my parents house and of course I would like to pay this debt down faster. 

The Millennial Struggle

Another part of the struggle is, prior to getting a raise I started thinking about looking for another​ job to see if I can find something with more pay. I know that giving up my current position to obtain better pay, may result in more stress. A new job most likely will not come with the perks of my current job. I’d have to say goodbye flexible start times, an allotment of work from home days, and a millennial friendly environment. I think about these things every single day until I become overwhelmed and anxious.

Right now I feel stuck and I’m not sure where I really want to go or how to begin the process of it all. Although, I don’t want to wait to jump into pursuing my passions, I know I have time to figure things out. In the meantime, I’ll look for ways to express myself creatively without worrying about becoming the next Marni Senofonte, Monica Rose, or Shonda Rhimes. Doing what I love isn’t about the money, it’s about the art of it. I’ll also keep my job indefinitely. If I come across another position, I’ll figure it out when that time comes. For now, I’l keep grinding, just knowing that faith, patience, and action will be the determining factors of my success.

The Millennial Struggle

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22 thoughts on “The Millennial Struggle

  1. I feel the struggle. 😉 I left my corporate job for a philosophy postgrad. It felt somehow inevitable as I really wanted to do it – if you keep mulling things over I always find the right decision matures in the end and you have to go for it (like an apple ripening and then falling from the tree) I wrote a bit more about that in my post here if you’re interested 🙂 https://inmywritemindme.wordpress.com/2016/09/06/life-updates-from-me/

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  2. I totally understand where you are coming from. I lost my job a few months ago during a time where I felt completely lost and stuck. Though I have found a part time gig, it’s still a struggle to pay bills. I know this was all part of God’s plan for me to trust Him and go after my dreams of working in the fashion industry. It’s a day to day process, but I kniw know everything will work out. Not just for me, but for you to. Just keep pushing and manifesting what you want for your life. Everything will fall into place! ❤

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    1. Thank you so much!!! ❤️ I definitely agree with you. I believe that when you put in the work and you have faith that God will work it out, it will. May God bless you on your journey!!! ❤️

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  3. I’ve been stressing myself of the same thing. The pay, the passion, the dream and the life, and which one comes first? I believe we (millennials) want to achieve more but are somehow afraid of what’s beyond the horizon. We know we can do better. We know we must do better but I myself do not know what to do with life. Overthinking sucks. Hope we get past this soon. 😉

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    1. Me too!!!!! I’m kind of glad we feel this way at this age. I couldn’t imagine feeling this way at 40. We still have time to figure things out. I think we’ve just got to be patient and put in actual work toward what we want and it will work out. We just can’t get discouraged and distracted by time and wanting everything to happen now.

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  4. Its a struggle all young people go through, including myself! The best thing to do is set yourself a general goal ie paying off debt or running a 5k ect! Then just work toward that little goal everyday. It sounds simple but its exactly what I do!

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  5. I felt my anxiety rising just by reading this post because I relate so much lol. I feel this way now and I’m still in school. I haven’t started my career yet as I pretty much went directly into grad school after undergrad. I have experience working in the corporate world as well as minimum wage jobs (I strongly dislike both) and both just build my fear of winding up at a job that I hate for the rest of my life. I enjoy the school program I am in now but there are soooo many other things that I want to do yet I have truckloads of crippling student loan debt. I want to travel. I want to study abroad. I want to write.
    Its all very stressful to think that it just might not be wise to go after your dreams which feels like you’re just giving up before ever even starting them.
    Thanks for sharing this post.

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    1. Your comment just about broke my heart!!! I know exactly how you feel. Like exactly! What I’m finding is that I can’t let go of my passions, even when I take a break from them, and that means something. I think if you can find a way to work while you work on your dreams it really helps. It can get really overwhelming at times, but you really do need that outlet and I don’t think that should be sacrificed. Are you still in grad school?

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