The quarter-life-crisis of a millennial
Look, I understand that you need some sort of employment to pay the bills. I get it.
But, is it too much to ask, to be able to align personal values and purpose to that job?
When I was young, I thought the goal was to get a good, no . . . great job, earning loads of money so that I could ‘be a success story’.
I was going to use the skills and abilities that people tell me I have — even if it’s boring and meaningless work. I would stay with a company, progressing through the ranks until a comfortable retirement at 65. I’d have the house, bach and overseas travel — ticking all boxes.
I had ambition for all of that. But something changed . . .
After 10 years of working, employment meant selling my soul for eight hours a day and being grateful for weekends. My employer didn’t care about me or even know who I was.
I hated my job, it was boring. My boss was a stupid cow. My company didn’t care about the environmental impact of its existence.
I couldn’t pay my bills and I was unhappy. I was convinced it was all a trap. I had to get out. Cue: Quarter-life-crisis.
Now. I want to work for a company whose purpose is the same as mine. I don’t want to work for a company that treats its staff badly.
I don’t want to spend my day making loads of money for someone else, selling a product no one needs.
“I don’t want your money any more Sir”. I want to believe the words coming out of my mouth to customers. I want to care about the work I’m doing. I want to know I’m helping create a fair, progressive and vibrant community. Because why shouldn’t my personal motto mimic a cliched political slogan?
I had the quarter-life-crisis. There was no red car, or younger husband collected in the fallout.
Because of it, I have twice as long to figure out what is important to me and how I want to spend my life.
Bring on more quarter-life-crises for millennials this year. The crisis of a meaningless life through bad employment is averted.
■ Kelli Pike, known as Kelli from the Tron, is a blogger and Free FM podcaster on political, environmental and social issues for the city.