Everybody has a unique story to tell. The words on the pages are shaped by each person’s own unique experiences. It is impossible for two stories to ever be identical.
That being said, some of our experiences are very similar. Many of our lives were shaped by similar circumstances and upbringing. I want to share as many stories as I can, so you may feel a little less alone.
Millennial Profiling is a compilation of interviews of, you guessed it, Millennials. Each individual was asked to think about these questions in a perspective of ‘going after your dreams and aspirations’. Because right at this very moment, Millennials are in a very rocky and turbulent time called our 20’s.
This is the period when we navigate the world and find out who we are. Then finally, chase who we want to be.
Read the entire interview, or don’t. Feel free to skip to the more interesting questions. Leave a comment. Let me know if you want to be next.
Just know – somewhere out there feeling just as lost or misunderstood or as alive as you are.
If you got through that whole thing, this was an idea of mine that I never fully pursued. I moved on to my new blog before this could become a reality. But before I let the idea fully die, I wanted to share with you the concept and my profile.
Name: Angela (Author of this blog )
Positivity Scale: 7.5 out of 10 (most of the time) consider myself an optimistic realist
Current Life Motto: “Hakuna Matata” means ‘no worries’
Why are you being interviewed?
I am interviewing myself because I started this whole thing. Also, I wanted to give my future interviewees an idea of what they are getting themselves into.
What is the biggest problem millennials face today?
The inner torment that is, wanting to be your own person when the world is telling you to be like everyone else. Majority of us are falling into the trap of becoming like everyone else and inevitably getting too comfortable.
The biggest problem you are facing today?
Motivation. This is problem numero uno all of the time. I have no fuel in my motivation tank.
The other big problem I face ties into the above answer I gave. It is really hard to try to be something different. Especially when lot of people you care about, do not understand or support you.
If I were to choose, I would have 4 tattoo (currently have zero), dye the tips of my hair lavender and travel the world. There is so much pressure to be just like everyone, and fit a specific mold. I don’t want to be stared at like some alien. The older I get the harder it is getting to shake off the normal societal mentality.
When you were little, what did you want to be when you “grew up”?
When I was little I wanted to be a Princess. I later found out, much to my dismay, this was not a real job (yet, I’m still working on it). Then I wanted to be an Egyptian Archaeologist or a Chemist so that I can cure cancer.
What did you set out to be after graduating high school? Back then, what did you think you would be right now?
I thought I was going to be a lawyer. I loved a good argument, so I thought might as well try my hand at law, especially since lawyers make good money.
Back when I was 18 and graduating, I thought I would be a lawyer right now, making $$$.
Why do you think your childhood job goals changed?
Pressure. I think we all get this idea ingrained into our head at some point that we need to make money. Archaeologists and Chemists do not make high salaries and have to get their PhD. That’s a lot of student debt to face.
What are you doing now? What is your current job?
I am a Business Analyst or what I like to call, a slave to proposals.
What do you want to be doing now?
I want to be a writer. Plain and simple. I want to be able to reach people through words created from my crazy head. What kind of writer? Who do I want to write for? Join the club of people asking me these questions because I have no answer.
What inspired you to make the change to writing?
I don’t think I was so much inspired to write – it was a discovery. The passion that I have for it keeps me going (most of the time). I will say, losing my brother affected my outlook on life a lot. Why waste most of your day and your entire life wasting away doing something you don’t like?
Major hardship you faced? are still facing?
Family, more specifically my parents. It’s hard when you really want to make them proud and knowing that what you want to do, might not have that result. They are my everything and I don’t think they know how much their opinion affects me.
What keeps you motivated?
Watching other people follow their dreams. Looking at people who have succeeded when everyone doubted them. Also, just looking at my friends around me going after their dreams, especially the ones that are unconventional.
Also, food. Food is great.
If you could go back in time and give yourself one piece of advice, what would it be?
Take more risks. Don’t play it safe. It’s okay to not have everything figured out yet. Don’t listen to other people’s negative opinions. Don’t date that one guy.
The list could go on forever.
What advice/words of wisdom would you give to other Millennials?
The above statements. And don’t let people who do not understand you, get you down. You will always have people who think you will fail, don’t listen to them.
You get to pick how the rest of your life will go. Pick a path that you will be proud of and will make you the happiest.