Inspiration behind A Millennial Spirit
Every day I feel as if a new article is being published with the title “millennials are killing [insert industry/product/idea/etc]!” I do feel as if me and my fellow millennials are often misjudged. I don’t feel that the majority of us are spoiled, selfie obsessed, lazy, expensive latte buying, society draining children. There are bad seeds at every age.
Most of my millennial associates are amazing, inspiring, hard-working, resourceful, resilient, open-minded people. We’re waking up at 5am to go to work in the university research lab until our 8am class, studying 18+ semester hours (my freshman year roommate took 21 hours a semester in biochem!), and finishing the day off as your Italian restaurant server, all while tending to our pets and snapchatting our friends.
We work all day every weekday and then volunteer on the weekend. We want to help others. We always do the best we can and aspire to be even better. We encourage our coworkers to quit and move away, leaving us with double the work, because we hope for everyone to find a better life. Even if we’re stuck in time doesn’t mean anyone else needs to be stuck with us.
We contribute with every paycheck even though we know social security will at best only be partially available to us come retirement. We live with our parents much longer than they lived with their parents because we can’t afford to move out. In more than half of the 25 largest markets, the average millennial would have to spend more than 30% of his or her income to afford housing. We study hard even though we know how hard it will be to find a job, let alone in our field. Millennial unemployment rate stands at 12.8%, compared to the about 5% national average (in September 2016).
Or they never went to college because it’s too expensive. College for a millennial is roughly $1,700 more per year (at a public four year institute) than it was for even the generation previous (adjusted for inflation in 2015 dollars). And while we continue clawing for employment that pays us enough to move out, technology and outsourcing will keep poaching our potential jobs. And Gen X’ers, ill-prepared for retirement due to the percent of their savings they lost in the recession, will most likely work well into what was supposed to be their retirement.
Yet our spirit always carries on. We try our best every day and never lose hope. We take our dogs over to each others dingy apartments and sit around and laugh all night. We believe even when the statistics add up against us. We believe in ourselves most of the time and we believe in our friends all of the time. We think we can do it all and maybe we can. Maybe a millennial spirit is stronger than anyone knows.