A few days ago I was mindlessly scrolling through Facebook and saw a status filled with expletives and complaints about student loans. Normally, I wouldn’t have given the status a second glance, but I couldn’t help but read the comments.
One comment in particular, caught my eye. It went like this: “Our generation whose parents didn’t have the ability to pay for their education are f****d. “ I had to read the comment a few times, just to make sure someone had actually typed those words.
This comment stuck with me. I started to realize that many young adults in the millennial age group, actually believe that their parents are responsible for paying for their college education. Not only did this person believe that their parents should be paying for their college, but it’s their parents fault they have student loans and are in debt.
NEWS FLASH: No one owes you anything. Being born entitles you to nothing more than simply being alive.
As a generation we need to stop complaining about low paying jobs, student loans etc. We are not the first generation to experience hardship and we won’t be the last.
I’m constantly thinking about the kind of legacy I want to leave behind. I don’t want my generation to become known as a bunch of self-entitled, complainers. Unfortunately, I believe that we have already earned a few negative titles for ourselves.
It’s true that most of us are overworked and underpaid. But, instead of complaining what if we decided to push ourselves harder, work more and prove to the older generations just what we are made of.
I know that’s the attitude, I’m striving for. However, I will be the first to admit that I have complained just as much as anyone else my age. I’ve complained about how long it took to find a job, how hard it is to pay $500 a month in student loans.
Guess what all of that complaining got me? ABSOLUTELY NOTHING.
So, I say we stop. If you are a millennial with student debt, and low paying job you don’t like, I’m challenging you to join me and stop the complaining.
This may sound a bit crazy, but let’s take a minute and look at the positives of the situation.
1. We are able to say that nothing was given to us, we have worked hard to get every little thing we have.
2. We know what it’s like to struggle, and overcome adversity.
3. We are probably one of the most innovative and creative generations. Most of us had to take jobs, that had nothing to do with our majors. This means we had to re-invent ourselves time and again.
4. We are resilient. I think I went on something like 15 job interviews before I landed my first real job. By that last interview, I lost my fear for interviewing all together.
5. We are well prepared for whatever life has to throw at us. Not being able to find a job right after graduation was one of the hardest things I’ve ever been through, but I got through it. I’m not too worried about whatever else the future has in store for me.
To recap: No more complaining. This may sound harsh, but suck it up buttercup.
It’s not too late to re-write our generation’s history and legacy.