Millennials: We’re the burnout generation; you should have seen it coming!

A little while ago, Buzzfeed News had an in-depth piece called How Millennials Became The Burnout Generation. Of course, there was quite a buzz about it, and there was even a quiz that helped you judge how burned out you are! The gist of the article was that Millennials are unable to “adult” and the reason for it is because we’re burned out!

Who do we think we are?

Over the course of the month, MANY other generations have opined on this topic. These range from Millennials just don’t want to grow up, to previous generations speaking out about how they are stuck in the middle caring for their Boomer parents, and their Millennial children.

The Grown-Up Millennial

Being a millennial I feel extremely passionate and defensive about my generation. I’ve had enough conversations about “millennials” to be completely confused about what we are and what we aren’t. But the bottom line was always that we millennials, are in a phase, this too shall pass. We’ll grow up. We’ll start “adulting”. And one day, we will not be overwhelmed by it!

Living for the Weekend (or not)!

The minute Monday began, I was back in a rut. I just didn’t see myself living my life for weekends for the rest of my working life.

It’s not you, it’s me

To an extent, this pressure to continue studying or bettering my skills was not only on extraneous forces. I wanted to do better, I wanted to actively compete in the workforce. That’s what I was trained for. I wanted to be the best in my field, or have the opportunity to find a better job. In order to do that, I had to be good with numbers, with people, with spreadsheets, and with technology. I had to know how to make a deck, and run an efficient meeting, and keep up with things that are happening in the industry. It is an expectation that’s ingrained in you from the moment you enter university/college.

High Risk No Reward

As a millennial, you think when you enter the workforce yes, the system is stacked against me, but you can win this thing. All you have to do is optimize, there’s a checklist, you follow it, you’ll win.

It takes money to make money!

For many millennials, the reality is that struggle is a constant, and the problem is that there is no end in sight. We’re not afraid of working harder, but it’s difficult to feel like you’re doing the right thing when you see that the system is inequitable.

Navigating Uncertainty

The biggest reason for the burnout that we millennials experience, is for navigating a path of uncertainty in an unwinnable world! It’s like the Hunger Games, where you’re in a competition against the system but are made to think that you’re collaborating; you’re trying to make life on your own terms, but the system with all its resources is stacked against you.

The Optimization Disconnect

We’re often criticized for craving convenience in mundane tasks, like ordering food through our phones or opting to book appointments online rather than picking up the phone. But why shouldn’t we strive for such a world?

Finance professional / CPA on a break from corporate life. I write about wealth, well-being & blogging. A weekly-ish newsletter

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