I was sat having coffee with my Mum and Nan over the Easter holiday and we got onto the subject of food. I was tucking into a giant slice of cake and moaning about how I really needed to stop eating so much. This led onto my Nan asking how much I weighed and that I wasn’t fat and you know, all the nice things Nan’s tend to say to you to make you feel better about yourself. Then my mum started talking about how they never thought about their bodies or weight when they were young because they were too busy going out, playing in the streets and generally enjoying life.
I pointed out to her that life now is nothing like it was back then. Us millennial’s have constant access to everything thanks to the internet and social media. If I want a toastie at 8pm on a Tuesday evening but I don’t have a toastie maker, I can jump online, order a toastie maker within minutes and it will be with me that same evening. I can even order bread to arrive with it. I know someone who actually did this by the way.
How crazy is that? And there was my Mum talking about the fact they never worried about being fat or how they looked when they were young, but in fact, they didn’t have the same junk food we have now and not only that, it’s accessible to us at any moment during the day.
I’m not just talking about food of course, that’s just one example of what I’m trying to get at. For us millennial’s life doesn’t have to be about settling down, buying houses and having babies. We switch on our phones and can instantly see that there is so much more to life than any of that. And in a way, it’s great but on the other hand it can be quite consuming and can actually lead to people feeling crap about their own lives and the choices they’ve made. Like, are we even doing it right? I’m not just talking about me by the way. I read lots of blogs from other millennial’s who feel this way on a daily basis so I’m going to assume it’s quite a common feeling amongst my generation. And don’t get me wrong, these are first world problems at their best. Trivial and irrelevant when you think of all the other shit going on in the World, but still, lots of us feel are feeling this way regardless.
We see there are no limits to what we can do with our lives so why the hell would we choose to stay in one place and be tied down by mortgages and bills? Because of how social media portrays us and the lives we lead, we no longer see limitations; anything is possible if we want it badly enough. We just need to make the decision to switch paths, take another route and turn our lives into something else.
That is both fascinating and completely scary to me.
Sometimes I feel life would have been far easier back in the baby boomers generation when the most common thing to do was live the life you’d been given and accept it for what it was because what else was there? There was no Instagram to look at showing lean, bronzed bodies of people living out of suitcases miles away from the place they call home– there was nothing to compare life to. Just purely living in the moment with no distractions.
Sounds like bliss if you ask me.
And although I love the opportunities available to our generation, sometimes I think maybe there’s too much to choose from if that makes sense? I remember so clearly how I felt before I had a Facebook account and before I could scroll through the lives of people I don’t know and whom I may never even meet. Life seemed so straightforward and manageable compared to how it is now. I thought about things less, or maybe, I should say, there was less to think about.
I hear of more and more people who are wanting to leave social platforms so they can feel less connected with the digital world and more involved in real life. Yet 9 times out of 10, the people who leave inevitably return in hope that this time round things will be different and that maybe, somehow, the lives they see through their phones won’t have an effect on them anymore.
We’re a crazy bunch us millennial’s aren’t we? Never fully present in our lives, never 100% happy and always searching for that one thing to come along which we can call our purpose. Because when we lack purpose we feel lost.
There’s no real point to this blog, no lightbulb moment or anything like that. Just some thoughts I have when I’m at work with my headphones on letting my mind wander whilst I earn a living. Which is the whole point of a blog right? To share your thoughts with other similar individuals who may somehow relate to what you’re saying.
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