Let us have our avocado toast and lattes

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When I was in high school, I read the book that, probably, had the greatest influence on me, growing up. It was Trainspotting, a story about a group of junkies from Edinburgh, trying to make sense of it all: life, jobs, relationships. What left the deepest mark was Mark Renton’s famous quote, that, even today, more than 10 years later, still gives me the chills.

As a teenager, it saddened me to think my life was all planned out. As an adult, it’s even more frustrating that I should follow some sort of timeline: go to school, get a job, get married, buy a house, buy another house, have 2.5 kids, get them through school, retire and die.

But let me tell you something: I really don’t have to do all this. And this is why millennials are a great generation.

We quit our jobs to travel the world.

We make money from taking selfies in our outfits and posting the to Instagram.

We build giant tech companies, that start communication trends.

We choose careers that have naught to do with our studies and we change them again.

We volunteer around the world, instead of getting a job after college.

We’re not looking for marriage, we want a partner.

We don’t judge and don’t discriminate.

What we want is to be happy: happy with the way we make money, even though that may mean we are entitled brats; happy with our personal life, even if that means not having kids; happy with ourselves, even if we don’t meet our parents’ (the baby boomers) standards.

Millennials are changing the rules to the game and this is met with raised eyebrows and criticism and doubt.

I'm kinda tired of seeing my generation be put to shame, just because we choose to do things differently. You told us we can be anything we wanted, so we’re doing it.

So let us have our lattes, and you can have your 401k, and we can all be happy.