MILLENNIALS AND OUR NEED TO OVER ACHIEVE
Millennials is a term describing young adults born between the mid 80s until the mid 90s, which means that all of THE 4 OF US girls are classified as this. It is a generation known for having higher goals and expectations than what most of us will be able to achieve, yet feeling lost if we don’t reach them. I know this is probably very individual from person to person, but I do think that many people our age are feeling the pressure of needing to be brilliant and never feeling 'good enough’.
By our mid/late 20s we are expected to have taken higher education, travelled the world (and maybe also lived in several different countries), entered the property ladder, started a promising career, whilst also being conscious about health and fitness. We all think we need to change the world, and making the Forbes ‘30 under 30’ list is the ultimate goal. I’m obviously exaggerating a lot here, but there is no doubt that many young adults are setting unrealistically high goals for themselves. Stats from Our World in Data shows a rapid growth in people taking higher education over the last couple of decades, and it is only North America and South Asia that have seen a slight decline since 2010. The world has, over the last few years, seen many young entrepreneurs creating huge business empires, and introducing innovate technology that has completely changed our lives. Mark Zuckerberg is probably the most relevant person to bring up as an example, having introduced us all to the world of Face Book. It is of course amazing that we have people like him, but we can’t all be like Zuckerberg – and that's ok!
I think it's great that people are ambitious, and having goals is super important. However, we do need to know when enough is enough and learn to be happy with what we have achieved, no matter how big or small the outcome. It seems like the goalpost constantly moves further and further away, which means that we will never be satisfied. I know that I’m no better myself. Although I do believe that I have achieved many great things in my life up to this point, I still have moments where I feel like a failure because I haven’t done enough. Yes, there are many more things I wish that I would have had time to explore, but there are only so many hours in the day and I just can’t fit everything in. But why do I need to do it all right now? All that will happen when spreading yourself to thin is that you won’t be able to do any of it properly, and surely it must be better doing a few things brilliantly rather than many things just adequately. Still, I do have many good friends who seem to be able to juggle everything all at once, and I just don’t understand how they do it. They must have super powers…
I’m in the middle of an intense exam period at the moment, spending 12 hours working at uni every single day and I physically can’t manage anything else. I’m just about managing to write my one blog post a week, but things such as socialising and working out seems like a distant memory. Right now, it's 11.30pm in Bergen, where I’m sitting and writing this after working on a paper on digital business systems since 9am this morning… So, I think it is time for me to turn off my Mac and go to bed. Yay, fun Saturday!!
SATURDAY AT 11.30 PM IN BERGEN, NORWAY
This ended up being a very long post about just a lot of random thoughts that I have, but my point is this: Setting high goals and working hard is great and very important, but we must also remember to enjoy life and be proud of the things we actually do achieve.