Millennials. We are the first generation to have gotten a trophy simply for participating. Oh you didn’t win your basketball game? Here’s a trophy anyway!
It’s kind of fucked up if you think about it: telling us we are all winners in a world that can easily spit us out without so much as a moment’s notice.
So we grew up with a winner’s mentality without, you guessed it, actually winning.
And then we wonder why older generations call us entitled, spoiled and claim we have no work ethic. Our egos, according to them, fill up a room before we even enter it.
I hate to say it but, to some extent, they’re right.
Our parents – the same parents who patted us on the back for participating in a basketball league when we couldn’t even score more than two shots – lived and thrived on the American dream, and now we get to reap the benefits.
I’d be lying if I said I don’t use my parents as a crutch. In the back of my head is the notion that I have the flexibility to pursue my dreams because my parents would never let me fail. Many of us are fortunate to have this weapon in our back pockets.
In a way, it’s a blessing. In a way, it’s a curse. You’re either damned if you do or damned if you don’t. So while the older generations may have thought they were setting us up for success – and they were – they also kind of set us up for a different kind of failure.
Us millennials we grew up in a time where we had options. We had the power to choose or to not choose. Technology was at our fingertips and we grew up with it as it evolved. We had the option to hand write our essays or type them. Marketing, advertising, film, tv, etc didn’t have to be so strategic anymore. Because the more options we had for careers, the more options consumers had.
With all of these options and so much room to play, what are supposed to do? How are we supposed to remain traditional in a, quite frankly, no longer traditional world?
Welcome to The Participation Trophy.
This new section is a forum for all things millennial. At 26 years old, I don’t have it all figured out, but this is the place where we can figure it out together. Through our quarter-life crises and journeys to get it right – because no one gave us a trophy for that – we will be busting myths about our generation, sharing stories, and pointing you in the right direction with tips and tricks to get through your 20s and early 30s because who really has it figured out at this age?! Community vibes all around honey!