Living, Laughing & Loving… while in debt.
Ever since I was little, I’ve always had an issue with the phrase, “You can be whatever you want to be.” I believe I’ve mentioned that in this blog before, but I’ll use this post to dive into greater detail of where that hatred stems from…
I don’t like this phrase, because I have always felt that it creates a false sense of reality within groups of impressionable minds. If I had a nickle for every time I heard this phrase growing up… let’s just say, this blog wouldn’t exist. I heard this phrase so often during my youth, that if I weren’t naturally such a realist/skeptic, I quite possibly would have believed it. And the only thing worse than adults perpetually regurgitating this phrase are the poor, young and impressionable minds that whole-heartedly believe them.
I know what you’re thinking… “But, Heather… it lifts a child’s spirits, gives them hope and breeds positivity!” Maybe so, in a handful of cases… but the harsh reality is, in most cases, it instills a false sense of reality and a false sense of security, causing those who are told it, to put off hard work while still expecting to reep all of the benefits.
I remember thinking at a young age: “I’ll never tell my kid’s that,” because you can’t solely just “be whatever you want to be.” What you can do, is look inside yourself, and work hard towards achieving your dreams and goals.
The recent article below triggered this post. I think it is a must-read for both the members of my generation, and the baby boomers who raised their kids by sugar-coating how the world works. It’s a pretty easy read, as well:
All in all, I’m sorry if you’re one of the young adults fresh out of college wondering why you’re not making a hundred grand a year, why you’re not an astronaut or why you’re not the chief and editor of a New York fashion magazine, because you feel entitled because you went to college (sometimes), graduated with a 3.0 and are ready to be anything you want to be… your parents lied to you.