After almost four years of telling stories with “Millennial On A Mission,” I’ve decided to put it on hiatus indefinitely. And here’s why.
Letting go of something that you’ve mentally conceived, given birth to and watched grow is always tough. In my case, Millennial On A Mission came to me one winter’s eve in 2012 while I was sitting in my D.C. apartment scrolling through articles that were bashing my beloved generation left and right.
Lowkey, I was fed up with the media talking smack— but in reality, I really just wanted to showcase the amazing young people I knew personally who were combating these myths of millennials only being narcissistic, entitled, debt-having human beings. I knew that we were much more than that — courageous creators, doers, and thinkers who are changing our local communities one brilliant endeavor at a time.
Looking back, I truly believe I accomplished what I set out to do and then some. To date, I’ve connected with over 100 incredible millennials nationwide, created a monthly Twitter chat (#WhoRunTheWorld) that specifically highlights phenomenal women discussing how they are dominating their fields, and created a platform to freely speak about my strong passion for my peers who have and will continue to change the world.
This post isn’t meant to brag about what I’ve done, or explain why I’ve made this decision — it’s to showcase a true and honest moment of clarity that I know lots of creators experience when they’ve felt like they’ve reached a plateau in their passion project. I’m proud of what I’ve accomplished, and if it has inspired someone to unapologetically find the intersection of their life’s passion and purpose, then I’ve done something right.
Could I have done more with MOAM? Perhaps. Actually, I know I could have. But all of the time spent contemplating the many things I could have done caused me not to do anything at all. While it hurts to admit that, it is also a lesson that I must follow my first mind + trust my gut, always.
“There are things you’ve been hanging on to that really are not useful and deprive you of your freedom. Find the courage to let them go.” — Thich Nhat Hanh
Over the last two years, I’ve asked a number of trusted friends what I should do with “Millennial On A Mission.” And while I’ve truly appreciated their feedback, it almost always led me back to the same spot in my own thinking: “So why am I really doing this? Am I intentionally putting for my best effort to continue to bring this dream to life?”
I’ve procrastinated with making this decision for the longest out of fear of what others would think, but I know as soon as I hit publish on this post, I’m going to feel a weight lifted off of my shoulders like never before.
And as I learned this past Sunday during church service, “The greatest moment of clarity you’ll have comes from what you say to yourself.”
I don’t feel like I’m giving up on MOAM, nor do I feel as though I’ve failed myself by taking this indefinite hiatus. I do, however, feel I’m giving myself and this particular idea the opportunity to rest for the time being, and the space to potentially transform into something that will benefit my peers in ways that I probably can’t even imagine.
If you know me personally, then you know that this not the first nor the last endeavor of mine that is related to the bomb ass generation know as millennials. 2017 is about to get ALL OF THIS WORK.
For these last few months of 2016, my goal is to be still. Appreciate these blessings that have fallen and continue to fall in my lap, reflect on the lessons I’ve learned, and diligently build upon and deposit into the next goals I want to accomplish. In this moment, I trust myself wholeheartedly, and I trust that God will prepare me for the newer, greater and better things that are to come.
To every millennial who has shared their mission with me in the last 3.5 years, I honestly and truly thank you for the bottom of my heart. Your work is forever inspiring, hustle continuously motivating and eagerness to think different gratifying.
This chapter maybe closing but one thing is for certain — I’ll never stop being a Millennial On A Mission.