What New Year advice did an older millennial give younger ones?
Julie Sprankles, a writer and editor for Bustle, a website for millennial women, offered millennial readers a list of advice based on her experience and knowledge as an older millennial herself.
1. Don’t feel bad for feeling and try to be authentic.
Older millennials’ first advice for the new year is to be in our feelings when we need. Trying to be someone we are not is exhausting, as well as trying to be always perfect. At the end, being authentic is the trump card for relationships.
As millennials in their thirties suggest us, we should travel whenever we have the opportunity. Being citizens of the world for a while and living in many places might be the best things to do before achieving a permanent employment and settling down. Traveling is indeed one of the greatest teachers in this life.
3. Invest money somewhere and take smart risks.
Thinking about investments at 20s might seem early, but it could turn out to be extremely helpful in the future. At the same time, the moment for taking smart risks is now, as it becomes increasingly complicated when we will factor things like a more established career or a growing family.
4. Don’t worry so much.
Studies show that young millennials have major anxiety over the state of the economy and the impact it will have on their future. Although these are valid concerns, they don’t have to overwhelm us. Instead, we should make an actionable plan for our life and focus on it.
5. Work hard at something since hard work does build character.
As Julie suggests, it does not have to be a traditional job. Blog, take a business class, learn to speak Spanish, if it is different than what other people are working on, it does not mean the goal is lesser. It’s just different. Even if we are already working hard on something, we should challenge ourselves to take it to the next level.
6. Allow ourselves to fail, as there cannot be success without failure.
There is no point on spending time dwelling on unchangeable outcomes. On the contrary, we should try to think of failure as a springboard into the next success and after giving ourselves the space to get angry, we should channel the raw emotions into action, moving on to the next thing.
7. Take a break from technology when possible.
As Julie points out: “It's refreshing to be part of a narrative that exists outside the confines of social media every once in awhile. They will still be waiting when you get back.”
8. Show up for people.
Life can be really busy and it can be easy putting people off. However, the risk lies in taking the invitations for granted, whether to a specific event or in someone’s life. So, we should try to say yes more to people who matter for us, even though we are sure they would understand if a legitimate reason to “bail on” occurs.