I am a 23-year-old woman, and no matter what people say, being a millennial is a big deal. Millennials are referred to as the most confused generation, but there’s a reason we are living with constant uncertainties. We’ve seen the world without the internet and we’ve seen the world with the internet – We don’t really see the merit in the phrase ‘best of both worlds’. The two separate worlds have also compelled us to keep up with unrealistic demands and well, I am here to tell you something – You aren’t alone. Here’s a guide for every 20-something to survive these millennial demands.
1. Owning The Latest Gadgets
If you don’t already have an iPhone, how many times have thought of buying one? And if you do own one, you’ve probably spent a full month’s salary on that phone, or you’re still struggling to pay off the EMI. You might just love Apple a lot, and that’s okay. But ask yourself, did you buy that phone because you liked it or because that was the ‘cool’ thing to do? You don’t have to buy something just because everyone else is. You can totally go for something that fits your budget and looks cool, too.
2. Being Active On Social Media
Another major demand is being active on social media. If you don’t know the latest Instagram update or what’s happening with the new Snapchat interface, you’re clearly failing the social media test – at least that’s what people make you believe. But you can actually choose which platform you like the best and spend your time on it. You don’t have to juggle everything.
3. Keeping Up With All Kinds Of Trends
Whether it’s the crazy halo eyebrows or wearing those half-slit bell bottoms, there’s always a pressure on millennials to follow the latest trends that pick up at the speed of light. So to stay in fashion, and be comfortable at the same time. Take up the trends you like and prefer. If you give a couple of them a miss, it won’t be the end of the world.
4. To Be A Know-It-All
‘If you don’t know everything about everything, why are you even on this planet’? That’s a very real struggle for the millennials. The constant pressure of knowing things takes a toll on you. God forbid, you have to admit that you don’t know about random things like the song ‘Gucci Gang’, it feels like you don’t even deserve to belong in this generation. Well, to be honest, no one can be a know-it-all. So, instead of bolting down encyclopedias, aspire to know everything about the one thing you are passionate about. Don’t worry about anything and everything.
5. To Be A Multi-Tasker
You can’t just do one thing. We are living in a world where people are constantly growing towards learning new things but what if we don’t want to? The demand to be a multi-tasker can stress you out and you end up being a jack of all trades but master of none. While it’s important to be able to juggle a few things, you don’t have to do everything possible. Pick and choose things that are important, and things YOU want to concentrate on.
6. The Pressure To Be In A Relationship
Though singlehood is being celebrated now, you can still feel the pressure of having a girlfriend/boyfriend, somewhere at the back of your mind. From worrying about who will you take to parties and weddings as your plus-one, to desperately trying to get into a relationship – you’re always on a lookout for a partner. It’s important that you realize that you should commit to a relationship only when you want to, not when you need to.
7. The Pressure To Have Meaningless Flings
While there’s a pressure to get into relationships, there’s an equal amount of pressure to have meaningless flings too. It’s funny, but also true. The only way to handle this is to accept and identify this demand and find a balance for yourself. It should be a conscious choice rather than something you’re being forced to do.
8. To Have A Bomb Salary
As a millennial, your career is probably very important to you. Irrespective of whether or not you like your job, having a bomb salary is what puts you in the cool bracket. Anything less than six figures is only shameful. This ends up affecting your mental health and peace of mind. So instead of going after money, try to take up a job that makes you happy, money will follow.
9. Peer Pressure
Millennials pressuring millennials is one demand that’s very hard to get rid of. It’s your group of friends that’s creating these demands around you and putting pressure on you to fulfil them. You need to free yourself from the peer pressure. Stop judging things by their face value, rather look deeper before doing anything that your heart doesn’t want you to do but your brain tells you to.
10. To Look Fit (Read: Presentable) At All Times
You might post Facebook statuses about body positivity, and being comfortable in your skin, but deep down we are all constantly worried about how we look. The pressure to look fit, and go gyming is another ridiculous demand we face. What’s important here is being healthy. If gyming makes you happy, do it. But don’t do it just because everybody else is doing it.
11. Keeping Up With The Pop Culture
“Did you watch Black Mirror?” “Did you try beer yoga?” “Have you read Game Of Thrones?” There are so many things you are ‘required’ to keep up with in order to keep up with the pop culture. That can be extremely taxing. So rather choose the areas of pop cultures you are interested in and excel in those. Don’t worry too much about keeping up with every new thing that mushrooms on the face of this planet.
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