During a meeting last week, an interesting question arose. I was asked why are people in my generation entitled? Now I know there’s been a lot of talk about some people being snow flakes, some people living in their mom and dad’s basement because they aren’t prepared for the real world. I am not here to harp and or repeat that, when I was asked this question I took a moment to really think about my answer.
My answer was “I don’t know, I don’t understand it either.” I grew up in a humble way, I have zero problem doing what I have to do in order to do what I want in the future. I don’t feel entitled be any means, I want to earn anything and everything in this life of mine. Is it not better when you earn it?
Like I’ve stated before, its about paying your dews. I grew up being told you will pay your dews with hard work and one day you will be granted something better. Other people missed or did not receive this tidbit of wisdom when they were younger. Really that the best answer I have when it comes to this question, not everyone within my generation is selfish and entitled. Sometimes one just needs to look a little harder and you’ll see a hard working millennial paying their dews, waiting for a chance to shine.
There is an old adage about how we all must pay our dues, its a part of life and is expected for the majority of people. In this sense, paying your dues is doing something that you aren’t fond of. Whether it’s taking a job at the bottom of a company, or having to work third shift in order to move up to first shift later on.
There is another form of paying dues and that is doing everything the right way and not receiving notice for it, you work hard in everything that you do and yet everyone around you catches breaks and dream jobs while you remain in limbo. I understand this form of paying dues all to well, I’ve known many people who were just handed great jobs without having to go to a university.
It is hard to watch people get handed things in life at times, but have hope. Continue to work hard, finish school and one day someday you will get a dream job. It is how I continue each and every day, I have yet to receive any breaks but I still have hope that someday it’ll happen for me as well.
I tend to walk a lot, it’s just one of my many quirks. With this quirk I find myself noticing how people become so busy with constantly having to do something or be somewhere, and with all the hustle and bustle they are missing out on wonderful moments.
I’m not saying it’s a bad thing to be busy, but I am saying people need to at times take a step back for a moment and enjoy the moment. Enjoy being alive, be thankful for where you are in life, look around and see the beauty that surrounds you.
I made a small video, sort of capturing these fleeting moments that pass us by without even a wave goodbye.Below is a little behind the scenes look with a rough storyboard and timeline
Rottier, J. (February 23rd 2017) Storyboardthat Screenshot (JPEG) Retrieved from Storyboardthat.com
Rottier, J. (February 23rd 2017) Timeline Final Cut Pro 7.
Rottier, J. (February 23rd 2017) Inspired Moments. [Video File]