So I was speaking with one of my younger brothers the other day when he brought what I thought to be a very intriguing concept to my attention that I never thought was possible.
Of course, I am one of the many parents that struggle with the headaches and blessings of having a teenage child(ren).
So in the midst of me ranting and raving about my 18 year old’s concept of his future in general, my brother, being younger than I but older than my son, sends my mind into overload with information that I never once considered.
He, meaning my little brother, was simultaneously telling me about his own way of thinking and how he feels that college is not for everyone. I added on my musically inclined perception of how young artist nowadays sit back at home, create beats, add lyrics or a hook, and produce a hit in a matter of minutes.
My brother said, exactly….so what makes you think that such a brain of this capacity, one that can produce hits so quickly, would want to slow themselves down with college and learn slow, get results from college slow and so forth and so on.
He then hit me with the statement that the new millennials want instant gratification for their instant productions of work.
I’ve never once looked at the situation this way. I was the parent who almost died and went to heaven (or hell) when my son confronted me with the smack in my face of not wanting to go to college. I mean I was thinking like….WTH?!
But, in most instances, just as you have to work in a relationship involving the opposite sex, you also have to work and compromise in situations involving your children. You have to understand they are not you. They do not have the same interest at heart. Your passion is not their passion.
Ironically, at the same time of me fussing my children out for not wanting to go to college, I am sitting back staring at my student loan statement. A bill that may live longer than myself.
The hardest thing to do in this new millennial phase is to adjust and hop on board with the beliefs and actions of today’s society.
While you may not agree with any of it, you have to live in this new age of change.
So what can you do?
Talk. But listen more. Accept. And understand the world you live in is all about change. Take into consideration what your parents and grandparents used to say about you and your lifestyle. They always reminded you of how times are changing and that the music they used to listen to was of more value than yours. Life had more worth then versus now.
So it is the same concept.
Accept change and realize that in this day and age, success is defined differently. Quantity sometimes outweighs quality because quality as we used to know it has changed.
The new millennials want instant gratification because they instantly produce the work. Staying in school for 4 years to learn something they can learn on YouTube in 30 minutes concludes to many this is a waste of time.