I have never been one to define myself by my generation but the more time I spend just existing in each day the more I realize how profoundly different my perspective is on what this world owes me compared to the twenty-somethings of this new generation.
When I was in my twenties, and even now, I never for one moment thought the world owed me anything. It was up to me to put in the work to earn my place on this revolving planet and prove to everyone that I deserved my spot here. And I have continued my journey in that paragon of reality. But so many of the generation of today feel a sense of entitlement and hope to gain the greatest amount of accolades with the least amount of effort. They seem to expect everything for nothing.
The thought process plagues me and I spend countless hours wondering where this ideology began. Where did they acquire this sense of entitlement? How is it they can feel so exempt from basic human nature as to not strive for achievement and the resounding sense of accomplishment that follows without putting in the work? They have become a generation of people willing to rest on the laurels of others and take the credit for the blood, sweat and tears that they have not emitted. They live in the pampered dog world – not the dog eat dog – world and it makes me fear for their longevity in the authenticity of being a member of the human race.
A sense of attainment is based on hard work. You get back what you put forth. That dog eat dog world promotes the attitude of “survival of the fittest” and those who are deemed fit are those who actually compete. If you are sitting on the sidelines and simply relishing in the victory of the team without playing, you are winning by default.
There are some members of this younger generation who have made it out from under the blades of “helicopter parenting” and are becoming successful adults who are willing to work hard and take responsibility for their own success. But the vast number I have encountered rely heavily on others to do the work for them. A word to the not-so-wise, if your mom calls to get you a summer job your resume will find itself at the bottom of the pile.
To those particular slackers, I say – participate in the outcome of your own journey. You can only blame other people for so long for any supposed limitations before you are forced to subject yourself to a heaping dose of introspection. The only limit in your life is the amount of effort you are willing to put forth to strive for personal success. Life isn’t easy, but the satisfaction achieved when you are successful is well worth the energy exerted to create that success.
Hey twenty-somethings – reality is calling….it wants you to join us.