It seems like lately everyone in New York City is working for a startup, knows someone who wants them to invest in something, is promoting a Kickstarter page, or is changing to the freelance lifestyle. Our generation is defined not by our 9-5 job anymore, but by what we show in our Facebook page or social media platform. People don’t want to hear about your boring finance job, or how much you hate your work. After working through a recession, being in a generation self absorbed in their social media pages, and learning that work ethic doesn’t always get you where you need to be, our corrupted society has made us bitter and fight back.
History likes to repeat itself. In the 1950s, in a world of Mad Men-esque cliches, women were brought up to be grateful that we had jobs. Men were taught to work hard and do what you needed to do to support your family. The 1960s brought war, an a hippie movement of college students and freebirds who decided not to follow the corporate lifestyle. As our lives are mirrored, the 1980s was all about the corporate world. The 1990s brought about an evolution of technology, and the new millenium made connecting with others alot easier. Now, we are mobbed with social media and technology. We are always attached to the world, and “Big Brother” knows everything we are doing.
Now that I just wasted two minutes of your time with a history lesson, let’s get into the grit of the situation. Instead of a Vietnam War defining our life through rations, war drafts, and a collision of a new/old world mentality, we are hit with our own battle. The battle to define our lives through social media and old generations defining what social media means to them. We are constantly plugged in, and constantly overloaded with what everyone is doing. I can bet money your grandparents at our age didn’t know about some “guy you met at a bar’s vacation with his new girlfriend”. But that’s what our generation does-we are “Friends” with everyone, and nothing is kept sacred anymore.
So when it comes to jobs, the last thing our generation wants to is work 9-8pm and prove to others what we’re capable of. We have been bittered from a recession, where jobs were few and far inbetween and we should be “thankful” for whatever we get. We are burned out with constantly plugging into the social world as we watch everyone brag about their lives. (Would you put a hot picture of yourself online or a note about how you ate a whole gallon of ice cream and cried to Anna Karina last night? Yeah, I didn’t think so.)
College degrees are becoming nothing more than a piece of paper, as we watch millionaires follow a dream and an idea. After following the dream and idea, I can tell you that I like many others I known have quit their typical 9-5 in search of something more. We want to find something that fulfills us, not just our wallets. We want to have the self gratification that we did something that meant something. New websites starting up allow for more freelance opportunities, and for people to work from whereever they want to be.
The saying goes “do something you love, and you’ll never have to work a day in your life”. SO kids, do what makes you happy. The money will follow.
“Vive La Vie Bohème” (long live the bohemian life).