“We’ve heard enough of your irrelevant problems, you darn millennials!” screeches a 56-year-old woman in jean shorts and a coral pink tank top. “All you do is mooch off of your parents, watch TV and post pictures of yourselves frolicking instead of working! Back in my day … ”
Hordes of angry Baby Boomers follow behind in their crisp white New Balance sneakers, chanting “get a job,” “down with millennial pink,” “take a joke” and “death to avocado toast” while shaking their fists.
As ridiculous as it seems, millennials are constantly barraged by remarks that they aren’t putting in any effort, don’t know how to do anything and are offended way too easily. Sure, this may be true for some, but it’s certainly not precedent for all.
Maybe if millennials had a dollar for each time they’d heard any one of these, they’d finally have enough money to actually move out of their parents’ house, pay off their crippling student loan debt and rise to the top of the corporate ladder as expected.
20 years of being coddled and being given participation awards makes a person really ambitious. Why in the world can’t some entitled kids get a job in a market ravaged by economic recession, low pay and superficiality? They can’t believe it either.
On top of all that, they’re expected to buy a house. Not too hard, right? Possibly, if the housing market prices hadn’t risen exponentially since 1980 while the average national income didn’t and if their bosses didn’t insist on paying them in “experience.”
Millennials were told to do what they love and choose a major that they knew they’d enjoy. Unfortunately, that didn’t work out at all. “Choose a major you love and it’ll feel like you aren’t even working because you probably won’t be and there’s probably no future job potential for it anyway.” Tough love.
And with the world getting even more competitive, we don’t even want begin to wonder what’s in store for Gen Z.
Welcome to the real world.
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