I was recently sent the article about “How Millennials Became the Burnout Generation” in Buzzfeed (Link). It was an interesting read and really resonated with me. The part that really spoke to me was the following:
“Those expectations encapsulate the millennial rearing project, in which (…) they internalize the need to find employment that reflects well on their parents (steady, decently paying, recognizable as a “good job”) that’s also impressive to their peers (at a “cool” company) and fulfills what they’ve been told has been the end goal of all of this childhood optimization: doing work that you’re passionate about”
I sure feel a lot of internal pressure to find a job that is steady, that I can get promoted in, put money aside, be able to travel the world and have a fabulous life to feed my Instagram with. Also – through all the books I have read and all the courses I have completed, I know I have to find something self-fulfilling. All motivational books written by previous generations talk about meaning, “start with why” (Simon Sinek) or “jump”. That’s why I have this blog, my Yoga and meditation courses I teach and work as a life coach. I mean, how crazy is that? That’s not normal and I know it. I just haven’t found a way to have a steady job with good pay and benefits AND is my passion. If you have seriously, you are one lucky breed and I envy you.
And even if you do have that steady, great job you are passionate about, our generation, we can’t afford to stay in one job and not develop. The world has become a much faster environment, just look at how fast technology has progressed. When I first joined the work force, there were still ipods and no iphones. This constant change and evolving of our environment is happening faster and faster. And we are expected to keep up. Not only keep up, but excel in it. Most people in the generation before us were better off than the previous generation. So we are expected to do better than our parents. Well fun fact, 75% of us will not. The world markets are not the same as things were. We’ve been hit with two financial crisis’ and increasing college costs.
As the world becomes faster and ever evolving, it gets more and more diverse and confusing. And still, you are expected to excel. How do we sustain the pace, the expectations we carry internally and we are given externally? And that, without burning out?
One thing is to always check in with yourself. See how you are feeling and make sure your tank is fueled. If that means spending a night in even though its Friday – or getting a massage a week. You need to do what you need to get by. Whatever that may be. Find it and do it as much as possible. This world will take all of you if it can and suck you dry. Protect yourself.
Another thing that helps with your energy levels is only doing things if you do them for yourself. Going to that birthday party, only do it because you want to. Doing that additional training at work – only because it excites you. Helping someone move – only because you love them and want to help them. Otherwise no. Everything is no. Save your energy for the things that fulfill you not empty you.
I know its so tempting to to try everything, to strive to have it all. Because of social media we are able to see into other people’s lives and be mesmerized with the lives portrayed. Do not try to have someone else’s life and live up to other people’s expectations. You can only be best at living your life. You just have to find the energy to do it.