Sometimes I feel overwhelmed by the amount of “advice” there is floating around the internet these days. A majority of my Facebook news feed is taken up by suggested posts from friends and family who are reading anything from Buzzfeed to The New York Times, updating their followers on their latest DIYs and financial investments. No single person can possibly comb through all of the articles, even those posted in one day. But occasionally, there are a few hits that I take interest in – and make me supremely glad that their writers chose a catchy title.
One such article came my way the other week, and it contained some of the most encouraging and relevant sentiments I’ve heard since graduating college. It was simply titled “No, You’re Not Falling Behind In Life.” The brief article highlighted some of the thoughts that we, as millennials. are guilty of ruminating over and over again until we’re in agony. Friends are getting married, buying houses, having babies, and starting nonprofits while we’re struggling to start our beat-up cars.
We here at Miss Millennia are proud of our independence, our intelligence, and our conviction to make a difference. But we’re still vulnerable to the pressure of hitting those milestones. When our social media feeds are full of job promotions and well-wishing, all of which are directed at others, feelings of inadequacy seep in. What that article does so brilliantly is that it reminds readers that the best things in life take time. You don’t go to school for two years to become a surgeon; you (typically) don’t marry a man after a first date; and you certainly don’t get promoted to head honcho after putting in a few hours at the copy machine. It takes time to build a life – even more time to build a life you’re proud of.
Being young means you’re blessed with what seems like unlimited time. Believe it or not, you can, and should, slow down to enjoy the phase you’re in, whether it’s transitional or not. Earning a degree, starting a new career – both warrant a pat on the back, not more stress about the future. People will be constantly asking you what’s next. If you’re open to it, you can do anything.
Your ability to make something of yourself does not decrease with age. You are not less likely to make an impact on the world once you turn 30. Don’t push yourself to the edge of insanity trying to make a certain amount of money or attempting to solve world hunger. Be satisfied with your progress in life – if you’re unhappy, you have the power to change that. It may sound like a cheesy infomercial, the “You Can Do It” mantra, but you have the power to set the course of your own life. Of course you can do it.