"What are you confused about?"
That's a question I get a lot.
I am not sure if people are asking sincerely or trying to be "cute" on social media... but I always feel judged when people ask it... as if I shouldn't feel confused? Like aren't we all confused on some level about something? Whether its life, relationships, work, whatever...? Aren't you confused about something right now? I can't be the only one who feels confused!
But my typical answer:
"I am confused about everything and nothing all at the same time."
Rarely satiates the asker. They want to know what I mean by that? How can that really be true? I seem to have it together, I am exaggerating, I am too young to be confused... blah blah blah.
But the reality is, I feel like there are confusing situations we face every single day of our lives, no matter what our age.
- Why do we live in a society that values punishment over rehabilitation and acceptance?
- Why do we hate rather than try to understand?
- Why is forgiveness so difficult?
- What do I want to do with my life? What don't I want to do with my life?
- Why do bad things happen to good people?
... and the list goes on...
Seriously the anxiety is creeping up my chest and starting to feel like a million pounds just thinking about all of these things.
So where did the name, confused millennial, actually come from?
The name, confused millennial, hit me over the head like a baseball bat during a rant to my fiance about an terrible exchange I had with someone I once looked up to. It had me really confused about:
a) why I even looked up to them?
b) how do people misrepresent themselves and get away with it? and
c) how come we choose to act out of fear and judgement?
I was on this new path with my career and business that I thought I was supposed to be on, but that exchange felt like a total wrench. I felt confused and lost about my direction.
Was I taking on someone else's path once again in my life, or my own?
And if I am honest with myself, I was totally choosing someone else's path, not my own. It was an important stepping stone for me at the time though and I am forever grateful for how things went down with that person because it fast tracked the emptiness I would've felt had I kept going down that road.
I feel like TCM not only explains how I feel, but how a lot of us millennials feel. I think we are a generation that strives to be better, we over think things, we ask more questions, and we (hopefully) aren't settling like past generations. With all of that, aren't we all going to feel overwhelmed and confused at times (er, most of the time)?
It's sad, we are a generation that is divided between those who are self aware and can recognize the labels and stereotypes have some truth to them, but are striving to be better; and those who scoff and turn their noses up, refusing to accept their "millennial" tendencies.
So are we confused as a generation? Well I can't speak for everybody, but I sure am... and more than that, I hope our generation is confused, because it means we are asking questions! It means we are pushing barriers. We are striving to be the change we want to see in the world.
My hopes for TCM:
I want TCM to be a place for other confused millennials to come, read & connect with relatable experiences, while also getting actionable advice. While this is a lifestyle blog there is some rhyme and reason to what I post. Every post comes from personal experience and ends with key take aways with the ultimate goal being to help readers figure out how to live a lifestyle that fulfills them.