Even in the midst of this so-called “economic recovery”, the full-time employment rate for Americans under the age of 30 continues to fall. And incomes for that age group continue to fall as well. (Source:Zerohedge)
The craziest thing happened to me today, I woke up old. Apparently the cut off age for being young and carefree is now 24 and behind in debt is 25. Let’s not get offended you can for sure have debt before 25, and you can still be carefree after 25. I did not grow up wealthy so chances of living off an inheritance is looking slimmer everyday, however I haven’t lost hope for a great great grandma in the Swiss Alps. I also am a firm believer that your location improves your life, aside from the obvious I’m talking more on the lines of wage and opportunity. Living in Idaho I was statistically suppose too of dropped out of high school and be unemployed. However if I lived in Iowa the graduation rate is 88% and minimum wage is going to 8.75 by July 2016, which is $1.50 higher than Idaho’s.
Just in case that first part started out wrong, let’s get down and dirty, this isn’t your mom’s world anymore, soon the tween millennials will be coming to make it their own as well. In a world with online jobs applications and cell phone necessity it’s easy to compare and evaluate yourself negatively against others your age. In every class in every school there is that one girl that is going to do better than you in life, go further or have more. At this point in your life you’re just content having your own apartment maybe your car just got paid off, just got home from a long shift jump on Instagram and there she is. The last 7 years have been very kind to her, maybe you see photos of her at her beach home or driving her Lexus and you just think what they hell did I do wrong?
Life isn’t always perfect, you are more likely to have a zombie plan than your 401k plan. I’m not here to tell you that your behind or doing life wrong, I’m just here to give a ray of sunshine in the dark. It might get better, no the bill collectors will not stop calling without payment unless you wait it out 6 years. Also your mom is gonna keep telling you that you should have gone to college, maybe she’s right, or maybe it wouldn’t of mattered and you’d have more debt. Come next holiday your grandparents are going to keep asking where that baby is, I like the shock factor of “I already sold it”.
Listen close to this last part thou, if you can just keep pushing through keep clocking in those hours, one day it’ll pay off if you make payments. This works for everything in life, and you make your payments in dedication and time. Setting goals small and short term, being realistic about what all is happening around you and what can happen to you. My example of this is I live in Idaho, it’s unlikely I become an actor. However there is a HUGE group of people who did not get big until after 30, so I still have a chance. For a fun read see that list here:After 30
If its your job you hate look at different areas that are easy to learn and get into, sometimes being happy is worth the little pay cut. If its your body there are a 101 ways to change how you look from meal plans to workouts step by step that you can print and do from home. If you’re unhappy in a relationship, it’s 2016 you don’t have to do or say anything you do not want to. The relationship talk will happen a lot in your 20’s until marriage, until then so much communication happens online. Be honest when talking to people, if you have no intentions of meeting them in real life and getting at least a coffee to see if you have anything in common please let them know right then, it will help YOU grow.
Personal growth and personal acceptance has never been as important as it nowadays. With suicide rates being the 10th leading case of death in America I would like to say, lets take your 20’s to love yourself. Take 2016 to love you. Pay off a bill or save up for vacation, adult up or be carefree as long as your happy with you.