Five Reasons Why It’s Actually Great to Be a Millennial
Millennials get a bad rap. They’re known for being self-centered and afraid of hard work. Although it’s true that some millennials demonstrate these characteristics, it is also true that members of every generation do also. If you are a millennial, you know that many of the myths surrounding this generation simply aren’t true.
It is true that some things downright stink about being a millennial. Student loan debt is crippling, and owning a home has never been more difficult, but that doesn’t mean being a millennial is all bad. It can actually be great to be part of this amazing generation for these five reasons.
Unprecedented Access to the World
Never before has any other generation had more access to every corner of the globe. It starts with the fact that hopping on an airline is more accessible than ever before. For just a few hundred dollars, you could find yourself halfway across the country, and for a thousand, you could fly across the world.
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It’s not just physical access to the rest of the world that Millennials get to enjoy. With the internet, making friends across the world is easy, as is learning answers to any questions you might have in a single instant.
The Entrepreneurial Spirit
Many older generations mistakenly think that Millennials are afraid of hard work. That’s not true, but it is true that they think of work very differently than past generations. While their grandparents and parents were happy to get a steady job working for the man for decades, Millennials are looking for more of a challenge.
This generation has the entrepreneurial spirit more than any other generation that came before. No longer is the nine-to-five lifestyle acceptable. Millennials aren’t afraid to start their own jobs with the benefit of more flexible hours, even if it means working more hours overall.
This includes the hustle! Never before has it been easier to make a few extra dollars here and there with apps that allow Millennials to pick up hours when they want, where they want.
Balancing Money and Happiness
For many people, especially older generations, money equates to happiness. It is a status symbol, and keeping up with the Joneses was just something everyone was expected to do. That’s not something Millennials expect to do.
Instead, Millennials understand that money won’t make them happy. Instead, they are looking for other ways to make themselves happy that include:
- Spending money on experiences instead of stuff
- Helping others by donating money or time to charity
- Spending more time with family and friends
- Finding ways to express their true selves
Younger for Longer
One of the biggest challenges Millennials face is student loan debt. This delays milestones that other generations enjoyed earlier, like buying a house in their early twenties. It also means Millennials are delaying having children, but these can be good things. It actually allows them to remain younger for longer.
Without the pressures of getting married, finding a lifelong job, buying a house, and having a kid, Millennials are able to spend more time exploring who they are and having impactful life experiences. Many Millennials feel like they have really lived, so when they do settle down, they’re ready and happy to do so.
The Last Generation of Childhood Privacy
Who knows all the challenges, and stereotypes, future generations will have to deal with, but one thing is for certain—privacy is going to be a huge issue.
The Millennial generation is the last generation that enjoyed childhood privacy. Only things they wanted to post online were posted online, and their digital footprint doesn’t start until they’re in their teens or twenties. That’s not the case with younger generations.
Parents regularly post pictures and information about their children online, and they are damaging their futures in the process. Millennials don’t have to worry about embarrassing baby photos or videos of dumb mistakes they did when they were younger being searchable on the internet until the end of time.
Millennials can get a bad rap, but if you’re part of this generation, you know being a Millennial isn’t so bad. It turns out, there are many great reasons to call yourself a member of this historic, important, and talented generation.
Britt Hysen is the Editor-in-Chief and founder of MiLLENNiAL. In addition to being a media entrepreneur, Britt is a passionate humanitarian, international speaker, and an expert on all things related to the global millennial.