Have you ever wondered if you’re a millennial? Maybe you’ve recently discovered how much you love working from home, or more accurately the lack of a commute, and feel conflicted. Maybe you tried avocado toast over the weekend and had a eureka moment, and now feel confused. Maybe you bought a bottle of wine with a twist off cap, on purpose, and now feel bewildered. Maybe your phone autocorrected yes to yee and you felt fine sending it anyways and now you feel disoriented.
Do any of those things on their own make you a millennial? How do you want me to answer this? Technically, number-wise, no. But I think the beauty of the millennial generation is the embracement of mindset. Your mindset is a powerful thing. A good mindset can change your entire life. Literally. It can make the crappiest of moments bearable and the best moments even better. A bad mindset makes you the human version of Oscar the Grouch. So if you’re wondering why no one wants to hang out with you, then I have some bad news. Circling back, though, yes, those thoughts and actions would put you in the millennial mindset. Thus making you an honorary millennial. Does that make you happy or sad? You get to decide. Embrace it!
There are obviously some very millennial things that people do today. No denying it. In fact, not all of them are flattering to be known for (hello TINY HOUSES and not taking vacations). Some of them are interesting to put it nicely. Other things are innovative. Look at that. Even in our actions we are all over the map. Unfocused, as some would say. Not living in reality, older generations might believe. That’s ok. I don’t care. Because we made working from home cool before COVID-19, so we had much less trouble adjusting to the new, virtual world.
Anyways, moving on to bigger and better things. Are you a millennial at heart? Well the only official way to know for sure is by random online quizzes so let’s take one. You might be a millennial if:
- You can’t remember the last time you bought napkins (because paper towels are better)
- You have ever typed out a single letter in a text instead of a full word (because 100 p, full words are v time consuming)
- You’ve ever bought wine with a twist off cap for easier access (because priorities)
- You’ve ever had a night solely dedicated to drinking wine and seeing what happens as a result (because why not, it’s a Tuesday after all)
- You’ve activated Bluetooth, or the entertainment system, in your car to connect with your phone (because life is better when you have constant access to your phone)
- You’ve ever eaten an avocado, outside of guacamole, and enjoyed it (because avocados are the bomb)
- You can’t remember the last time you dusted the baseboards (because who has the time)
- You went to the grocery store and bought a weird looking produce just for fun (because trying new things is important)
- You have a hard time remembering life pre-Internet (because that was back in the dark ages)
- You prefer to use an app instead of doing things in person (because banking is easier on your couch and boarding passes are faster when they don’t need to be printed)
- Your first thought when you have a question is to Google it (because if Google doesn’t know, no one will)
- You care more about office culture than the work you’ll be doing (because fun is a feeling and work is a temporary annoyance)
- You’ve ever taken a picture solely to post on social media (because if it doesn’t go online did it actually happen)
- You’ve opted for craft beer over more mainstream brands (because supporting local business is key)
- You turned on the TV specifically to watch HGTV, or the Food Network (because why not get inspiration ideas while relaxing #multitasking)
- You’ve ever opted for a streaming service instead of traditional cable (because there is such a thing as too many wires)
- You’ve ever “successfully” multitasked, at least in your mind (because there’s too much to be done)
- You purposely bought a voice activated home assistant (because they’re so useful)
- You’ve ever binge-watched a TV series (because what is time, really)
- You’ve ever worked remotely from a different state, or country, just to experience something new (because switching things up is part of the key to living a happy life)
How many things have you done on that list? 13? 7? 4.5? 1? Then you, my friend, are living that millennial mindset! Practical. Efficient. Innovative. Adventurous. Trailblazing. Don’t be ashamed. We aren’t. Are you ready to embrace it? Yee yee, let’s go!
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