Navigating the winding road that is life is exhausting, right? It doesn’t have to be. Let loose, go with the flow a little more and stop believing the myths.
Here are five millennial lies you believe to be true, but simply aren’t. Throwing them out the window will give you a whole new sense of freedom. Give it a try.
1. Good grades at school always lead to success
Grades really aren’t everything. Of course you should work hard at school or uni, but in the real world of work nobody is going to care what mark you go in your essay on photosynthesis. No one will ask you what percentage you got in that exam on Buddhism. There are lots of more important life lessons you can, and will learn, outside of the classroom.
2. Not getting a job after an interview means that you have failed
Getting a rejection is very disheartening. It feels like all your hard work hasn’t paid off. Yet think of it as a blessing in disguise – maybe the job wasn’t right for you anyway. You need some more experience first. Getting a ‘no’ doesn’t mean that you are useless, it just means that this time you missed out. Think of your interview as practise and use it as a learning experience. Next time you’ll have more luck.
3. You need to be in control of your life at all times
However much you plan, things will always happen that are out of your control. That’s life. Be flexible. Trust that you will be able to get yourself through this organised chaos. Go with the flow and try not to stress out too much about things not going the way you intended. Have faith that you will get there in the end.
4. You have to know what you want to do with your life
Sure there are people who since childhood have known they wanted to be a doctor/pilot/school teacher. So what if you still don’t know what you want to do? You will get there. Focus on the things that you enjoy and follow them. The career path that is right for you is the one you enjoy the most. Don’t let your parents tell you what they think you should do. A lot of young people do jobs their parents do, as it seems easier, but do what makes YOU happy. You’ll be pleased you did years down the line.
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5. You must be liked
Feeling that you need to get people to like you is normal, but it’s also a waste of time and energy. Not everyone will like you, so stop trying to get them to. If you try and please everyone all the time it will eventually drive you nuts. Just keep in mind that if someone doesn’t like you, even after you have been nice to them, then you don’t need them in your life. Surround yourself with good friends and don’t worry about what other people think.