I am a millennial. We get a lot of flack for the difference between us and the generations who’ve come before us. We don’t feel the need to be particularly loyal to…anything. When we get over it, we’re over it; and with the constant influx of ground breaking technology and instantaneous information and endless possibilities, our attention spans leave much to be desired. We want what we want, and we want it NOW. We want to live in lofty apartments downtown, travel the world, twitter protest, get a perfect mate while remaining perfectly independent, have a dream job the first time around, and shop at Whole Foods. Why? Instagram. Our worlds are cryptic texts, filters, and hashtags. We are vain. We are brats. I admit it. But we’re learning. Most of us, the hard way.
In the quest of trying to live a life built in the Instagram stars, I have learned to make do with what I have. There are a lot of things I want and want to do, but can’t afford/don’t have the time for. And that’s okay. That’s how it should be sometimes. It’s good to struggle- to strive for something. It’s good to earn something, because then you appreciate it. I have learned to be grateful and to take care of the things I have. I don’t think I could handle a lot of the good things that I can feel are coming my way if I hadn’t learned to be happy and content without them.
Learning to be content has made me a more valuable person. I’ve learned to do things, and do them well without the “top of the line” equipment that everyone else (at least, everyone on Instagram 😉 ) has. I have learned to start where I am with what I have. I have learned to stretch myself beyond what I’m comfortable with, but still to operate within my means. I have learned to be more resourceful, more grateful, more dependent on God, and more confident in my natural born self- without all the filters. I have learned to be a good steward of what I have instead of waiting to be happy when I have more.
Sometimes you have to get low. Humility is real, y’all. When you hop in your car praying that it will start (because sometimes it does and sometimes it doesn’t), you can’t take yourself that seriously. Not even for the ‘gram. 😉