My my wife sent me this article the other day, and it drew insightful attention to a curious phenomenon — or should I say sickness?— spreading itself through the legions of Generation Y-ers on the internets these days like a viral tweet that offends the entire world. How do you spot this phenomenon, you ask? Well, you'll often see it in the eyes of people who are avoiding getting, or are quitting, their real jobs to become internet influencers and Instagram celebrities; regard it in the eyes of people who want their dream job now and don't want to do any real work now to get it.
If you don't have time to read it, the piece I hyperlinked above is a solid exploration of why Generation Y-ers are so unhappy all the time, and it makes the compelling point that they're often unhappy because they tend to have wild ambitions that simply don't line up with reality. That is to say, people in our demographic tend to ask for all the benefits and splendour of our far reaching dreams right away, without really being willing do any work or self reflection to get there today.
Now this little detail is important to note, especially on a blog like my own that spends a good amount of time encouraging people to pursue their creative and artistic dreams; to strive for more in life, rather than settle for less. Because there is always a risk with such calls to action to be construed as being in favour of forming unrealistic expectations regarding how the present and future should look for people like me and you. But I'm not in favour of that at all. In fact, I'm a firm believer that people should dream big and pursue those dreams, of course, but I'm also not an idiot: all of us have to find the interaction between dreams and reality and be willing to accept that we're not going to get everything that we want right now — or maybe even ever.
The world doesn't always work how we'd like it to. We can't always make the leap from part time copywriter to creative director in one week; can't always make the jump from intern to CEO in one month; can't always take two steps from Bible college graduate to widely known preacher in half a year; and can't always make the bound from amateur songwriter to multi-platinum recording artist in just one year. Art and creativity and excellence just doesn't work like that. It takes time, effort, and well, a lot of grind to see come to fruition. Sure, there are some cases in which this does happen, but as the saying goes: unique cases often make bad laws. Most of the time success happens and dreams are attained when there is a heaps of work and experience behind it.
I for one am guilty from time the time of falling into that I want it now perspective that so many of us Generation Y-ers fall into. However, I find that I need to constantly push back against it because it does nothing for my productivity and excellence an artists. Let alone my general emotional stability. What about you?