An Open Letter to Millennials Like Talia…
Stefanie Williams

As a 38-year old single woman who has supported herself for two decades, I can’t relate to Talia. I don’t think I could even relate to her when I was her age. I made the mistake of not seeking out a college degree after graduation and only recently decided to go back and finish that task. Talia, try working full-time as a project manager and attending night school. I don’t believe that an entire generation suffers from misguided entitlement, so I want to give millennials the benefit of the doubt. I won’t make any old-lady curmudgeon-like comments. Talia’s view is more common than we think. Talias can be found in every generation. My generation, Generation X, also suffered the “what the heck am I supposed to do now?” attitude after graduating from high school or college. And then we started working and realized what “work” actually meant and some were scared. Perhaps those were the less resilient ones? (I think resiliency is a trait that many kids/teens these days are NOT being taught. Perhaps that’s what millennials need?) My father immigrated to the United States in the late 60’s from the Philippines and still works his butt off. He’s retired military, makes $10 and hour at his current job, and does not complain. He didn’t save for retirement. It’s his fault. He knows this. He’s thankful for his pension. Guess what? He took responsibility and he’s still working at 70. Now, I am getting to the age where I want to take some financial burden off of him, but that’s a whole other story. To summarize, you get out of life what you put into it. It’s as simple as that. Some of us get the short end of the stick. Some are born with a silver spoon. Again, it comes back to resiliency. I hope Talia finds a job that suits her and she is able to find contentment in her life. I hope that for everyone. If not, look me up after I get my Master’s in Social Work and get licensed. Everyone needs a therapist.

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