Age of Anxiety
About a week and a half ago, I celebrated my 25th birthday. While birthdays can bring about anxiety in many who enter their 40s and 50s, many younger people also feel the pressure to have it all figured out.
Part of the problem is that we spend a lot of time on social media with 20-something millionaires and mega influencers, driving expensive cars and living in gorgeous homes. They claim to have it all figured out and we begin to wonder how we could have achieved so little in our short time here.
Instead of comparing ourselves to highlight reels of internet strangers, we should instead take inventory of the many ways we have grown over the past year. This keeps us honest to our own values and our own goals as opposed to building our internal compass on popular opinion.
This year, I resolved to understand myself better, the way I think, my habits, my needs, and my value to others. The best gift that I can receive is a feeling of moving forward, of not being frozen in time.
If we can crunch down our 10 and 5 year goals into shorter, bit-sized time periods, we will be able to more accurately gauge our position in life and escape feelings of FOMO and inadequacy.
Finally, as an afternote to influencers specifically, please always take time to share your challenges as well as your victories. Let others know that you did not always know what you were doing or where you were going. Let them see the whole journey and not just the final destination.