If you’re a millennial like me, you’ve most likely grown up in a world where our basic needs were cared for.
We didn’t have to hunt our food, and we were pretty certain where our next meals were gonna come from. This has left some (most?) of us with a profound sense of longing and wishing for something more.
Many of us wish that there was somehow more to life than going to work and coming home and watching Netflix. This is not a complaint – it’s an outcry against the hollowness that many of us feel from our daily routines.
The words “There has to be something more than this” echoes in the back of my mind like an almost constant choir of haunting voices.
In my brief career I’ve managed to hold more positions than some people do in a lifetime because of this echo, and I know I’m not alone.
I know that many people feel this emptiness in their hearts and minds, and we all attempt to fill it in different ways – some with social media and TV, others with food and wine and some with exercise. There are people who foster children and yet others fill their hours with work to the exclusion of almost everything else.
When our father’s fathers and their fathers were young men, there was something to fight for.
A country, an ideology, an idea, a belief.
I envy the founding fathers, because they had an idea worth fighting for and an ideology worth dying for. They were willing to sacrifice themselves and die for the freedom we now have.
According to legend, John Adams aspired to be a politician, so that his children might be mathematicians, philosophers and poets.
And here we are.
With all the freedom to become anything that our hearts desire, but that very freedom is crippling.
It is suffocating.
It turns into FOMO.
But don’t get me wrong – I’m not an activist.
I’m not a radical.
What I want is for you to fight for what is yours. I want you to find an occasion to rise to. You have to find a challenge you can meet.
Live up to the ideals that made us who we are.
We must all strive to be better humans. To make a difference. To be bigger than just ourselves. To create something meaningful for others, however small.
That is how we move ourselves and each other forward.
That is how we silence the constant inner chatter.
That is how we show that we are made of the right stuff.