Hard times we live in today. So many options to choose from. Our parents are telling us it’s one of the greatest times ever, because we don’t have to worry about food, shelter, education nor even about a job, but they don’t realise, that this whole wealth of our times is actually our biggest problem.
I have been studying the subject of quarter-life crisis and the current lack of motivation of many millennials lately a lot. I think I found the cause of it. The main difference between the previous generation (gen. X) and the current one (gen. Y) is this one:
The abundance of choice
Back in the 80s, everything was difficult. It wasn’t so easy to just “enroll into a university and get a job”. Not everybody had cash or opportunity to do that. So when we made it, they would call us a “life success”. A lot of our parents were fighting for it; and probably they tried to convince us to fight for it as well.
Fortunately, that’s not a problem anymore. At least in the western world, everything is now so super easy to get. You want to become an economist? No problem. Just spend a bit more time on maths in the high school and go into an university of economics. You’ll get a job in that field sooner or later (if only you don’t skip all the classes by drinking beer in the dorms).
However, generation Y struggles with something else: the abundance of choice. There is so many options to spend our lifetime, that the difficult thing is to actually choose one and stick to it.