Society

The Gen Z Crisis: Scratching the Surface

Sometimes those closest to us, encourage us into positions in life that do not warrant any happiness nor joy. Not to say they don’t have your best interests at heart, but they are not you. You are unique; you have your own path. Recognizing the overlapping societal and economic issues that persists, I feel like this post will open up more dialogue amongst generations. Word from the wise: if you wish to work for a living, make sure it’s something that you truly feel inspiration to accomplish.

Gen Z’s are faced with a difficult decision. We can either continue the unmitigated life of living in a 9-5 paradigm, or take a leap of faith and discover living in our passions. Unlike our parent’s generation, we have a completely new frontier that is actually a tool: 21st century technology.

Within our early adulthood, we suffer from thoughts of “finding ourselves,” and from there “finding our desires.” A few common questions that arise are: What is my life’s purpose? What is the next step? What do I want to do for the rest of my life?

First:

1. Realize that life is an ever-changing process.

2. You will not be in the same place or position a year from now.

3. Your life is exactly what you make of it.

As a new university graduate, I have experienced this existential crisis. It was the first time where I had a choice. There were so many options. I finally had a chance to truly think about what I wanted to do in life. In all honesty, it scared me to think that maybe I chose the wrong degree path, or maybe I will make a mistake. However, I knew for certain that I didn’t want to regret my life 10 to 20 years from now.

I believe that it’s imperative for people in their early adulthoods to examine what all they want out of life. We rush the next generations along a path because we believe it will bring them financial stability. Do you want a life that is filled with all that you could ever dream of yourself having? Do you want a life that was fully desired and created by you?

First, I implore you dear reader to imagine your life at least ten years from now. Imagine where you live, what you are wearing, what experiences you’ve had, what you look like, etc. Nothing can be too detailed. Once you have pictured the life you want, work from there. What could you possibly do now that will set you on course for this life? What experiences do you want to have?

I encourage you to start now. Wherever you may be, begin imagining the life you desire. Stand in your beliefs, and work diligently until they have been fulfilled. Be prepared for setbacks and obstacles, and know that you will be successful.

Mindfulness

The Potion of Life

What if I told you that you could have anything that you ever desire?

Your mindset can exponentially effect your life. If you believe in committing to “reality,” and maintaining a belief that “things just don’t work out for me,” well then congratulations because that’s exactly what you will receive. When you truly believe in something, your actions follow. I think that in the course of most people’s lives we come to a mindset of complacency and inadequacy.

We compare our lives to those of others. “Well, it’s not as great as this, but at least it’s not that.” What do you dream of? What is the life you dream of having? I’m a dreamer, so dreams matter to me. Dreams (literal and imaginative) are the foundation of my thoughts, and my beliefs form from them.

Just because things always were a certain way, doesn’t mean that they should remain that way. Life is about change; if you don’t change, you will perish.

In order to complete a portion of my life’s work, I had to travel thousands of miles to a new country and city. It was terrifying. I left behind friends, family, and most importantly my comfort. Coming to Canada was a step outside of my comfort zone, and I knew before I entered the country that it wasn’t going to be easy. However, I remember someone telling me “anything worth doing is never easy.”

So I tell you dear reader, becoming the person that you dream or envision yourself of being is never easy. However, do you step outside of your comfort zone?

This travels beyond physical, but rather your mental capacity. Are you thinking outside of your comfort zone? Do you think differently? When you believe in something, your actions follow. I have to restate this fact, because it’s pertinent in grasping this concept. Once your mindset is improved, you will begin to see life differently. More importantly, this will allow you to recognize how much control you have over your life.

When you are presented with an opportunity, take it. Luck isn’t a genie granting a wish. Rather, it’s more similar to that one opportunity that you decided to take. So I implore you to take this opportunity. Think better thoughts; don’t limit your thoughts. Go out and meet those people, go to that event, take that job offer, be happy, and be at peace. Yes, things do work out for you. You are enough in this life. Whatever thoughts and beliefs that hold you back in life, release them. Exceptional thinking will sow exceptional results.

Take it from me, it will not be easy. In fact, you will have to do much active thinking in order to change. But over time those new and improved thoughts will become your reality. Also, as a reminder remain authentically you because it’s priceless, and you can never be replicated.