Lessons Every Thirty-Something Should Learn…
It’s been said that Millennials are responsible for ruining everything from wine, to bars of soap, to the American Dream itself.
People also complain that Millennials are lazy, narcissistic, and impossible to manage in the workplace.
Complaining about the younger generation is nothing new.
Take this quote, for example – “They… now love luxury; they have bad manners, contempt for authority; they show disrespect for elders and love [talking] in place of exercise.”
Obviously, this is talking about the generation that would rather splurge on avocado toast than save for real estate, right?
Wrong. That quote was made by Socrates around 400 B.C.
Oh, and if that’s not recent enough for you, here’s a Wall Street Journal quote –
“A few [35-year-old friends] just now are leaving their parents’ nest. Many friends are getting married or having a baby for the first time. They aren’t switching occupations, because they have finally landed a ‘meaningful’ career – perhaps after a decade of hopscotching jobs in search of an identity. They’re doing the kinds of things our society used to expect from 25-year-olds.”
That article was written in 1984. If you do the math on that one, you’ll see that the article was talking about the shortcomings of the much-lauded Baby Boomers.
After the dust settled on that controversy, Gen X was the next target. They were described as skeptical, cynical, and lost souls.
As you can see, the Millennials aren’t alone in becoming the object of generational derision.
What’s different, though, is that they’re the first generation to see this criticism plastered all over the internet.
Every day, new reports scream that Millennials are killing this industry or that one. Articles are published describing their many faults – both personal and professional.
That’s got to be pretty demotivating.
Add this steady stream of judgemental commentary to an already tenuous sense of self and it can be a recipe for disaster.
Recently, I sat down with Sadhguru, a well-known mystic, yogi, and author, to get his take on the predicament of the millennials and how their lifestyle is affecting their well-being and growth as human beings.
A best-selling author many times over, Sadhguru has spoken to the United Nations, the World Economic Forum, Oxford, Stanford, Harvard, Yale… The list goes on and on.
His foundation is involved in education and social outreach around the world.
Considering his major contributions in the field of human spirituality, I found his observations really astounding.
Living as a Millennial
See, many of us only think of Millennials as the annoying or sad people we deal with on a day to day basis, but Sadhguru offered a more holistic view.
He recounted a couple of his recent experiences with me, even noting that Millennials are prone to a weakening in both the physical sense and in the spiritual sense.
They don’t push their bodies or minds to their limits, and they’re suffering as a result.
In fact, he states that the crisis that many – if not most – Millennials face is that they’re living in a way that is logically correct, but in reality, this lifestyle doesn’t set them up for success in the real world, and so ultimately…
It’s all wrong.
Sadhguru notes that the “participation trophy” generation is missing out on real experience. When faced with a real world problem, they’re at a loss for what to do.
Freer than any previous generation, but bound by their own mindset, they struggle to think differently.
They’re more educated than any previous generation, but it’s hard to see the point in all that education when they’re not living their lives fully.
I agree with this problem because I’ve seen it myself, but I want to elaborate on it.
Millions of people go about their daily lives without passion or purpose. They march along their set paths and never experience real growth or real happiness.
You don’t have to be a Millennial to experience this.
No matter the age or generation, we all must push ourselves regularly. If we really want to live life fully, we need to find our own boundaries and push past them.
After all, if you don’t go out there and shake things up, how will you ever gain strength, courage, and the wherewithal to face the things in life that are unpredictable?
Whether you’re a Millennial, a Boomer, or a Gen Xer, don’t blow this off as a problem your generation doesn’t have to deal with.
If we want to fix what’s “wrong” with any given generation or even humanity in general, our change must begin on a personal level.
See, there are a few truths in life.
One truth is that progress is necessary for human happiness.
Progress is only achieved by setting goals and then marching steadfastly towards those goals. Without goals and progress, life becomes dull and uninspiring.
So you must create missions for yourself and then go after them.
Another truth is that we can’t give to others what we don’t have for ourselves.
If you’re not a fulfilled person, you can’t help others attain fulfillment.
If you’re not living bravely, you cannot help someone else be brave.
And if you’re sleepwalking through life by only taking logical steps, you can never help anyone else live a life of true gratification.
Of course, when you’ve achieved all of these, you can then turn and help someone else. If you’ve already made great strides in your life, you can inspire the younger generations instead of rejecting them wholesale.
One by one, we can all grow and change, and that’s when we begin living our lives fully.
No matter what your age, you owe that kind of progress to yourself.
You only get one shot – don’t waste it.
Editor, Brian Rose Uncensored