Last night as I was doing my routine browse of the internet I stumbled upon the writings of a fellow ginger, Kelly Williams Brown. Actually I was starting to compile my birthday/Christmas list to give to the fam (since my birthday is a little over a month before Christmas I figure this is more efficient). Kelly is known for her book Adulting: How to Become a Grown-Up in 468 Easy(ish) Steps; and as any sophisticated young writer should, she also has a Tumblr to inform the world on her daily thoughts of “adulting.” Here Kelly has compiled a great list that every writer needs to read before they publish generalizations about the Millennial/Gen Y/Twentysomething generation – A very gentle PSA to anyone who may be writing a trend piece about millennials.
Thank you Kelly. Now if only people would heed your advice.
PS – If you want to better understand the meaning of “Adulting,” check out Kelly’s book (hint: the explanation is on page 3).
Last week I thought about deactivating my Facebook – I spent roughly half of my work day contemplating this after reading a critical, yet realistic article about Twentysomethings and their dependence on social media. However, this turned out to be a fleeting moment because I realized that among all the rubbish that is posted on Facebook, I have actually found a few nuggets of inspiration on my newsfeed. And that alone was enough for me to postpone my social deactivation.
I’m clearly the target audience for many of the recent articles and lists written about being Twentysomething – I’m a month away from turning 25 and I admit that I’m going through a quarter-life crisis. While these articles are directed at people like me, I honestly believe that these articles contain fitting advice for people of all ages – it’s merely how it applies to your personal life. Because in the end, age is just a number, and we could all use a little reminder of what life’s truly about.
Here’s the inspiration that I’ve stumbled upon in the past week via Facebook:
It’s not just about how you live your 20s, it’s about how you life your life.
Recently I’ve seen a myriad of articles, Buzzfeed lists, and blog posts with tid-bits on how to survive a quarter-life crisis. I’m not sure if I’ve seen this spike in articles because quarter-life crises are becoming an epidemic, or if I’m acutely aware that I’m currently going through one myself.
There are a lot of helpful tips out there for me and my fellow quarter-life crisis comrades. And I’ve recently recognized that I have an unhealthy obsession of browsing the internet looking for this type inspirational shit. Recently, an article stumbled across my Facebook newsfeed, 5 Lies Every Twentysomething Needs to Stop Believing that was originally published in Relevant Magazine. This article struck a chord with me, and I realized that it’s time to take my excessive browsing (and pinning) beyond Pinterest, and be more constructive – it’s time to start sharing with the world.