#24 Mentor a millennial.

I’m going to preface this post by disagreeing with Google on the stated years that millennials were born in:

What year are Millennials born in?

A note on dates: There is no consensus on the exact years that generations begin and end. For this post, we’ve defined millennials as those born between 1980 and 2000.

I graced the world with my presence in 1987 (one more good year left!), but do not consider myself a millennial. I did not get a smartphone until university, social media wasn’t a thing during my teenage years, Keeping Up With the Kardashians makes me question humanity and I truly think Britney and Justin’s style (and love) is eternal. So for the purpose of this post, millennials are born between 1990-2000. Done.

This being said, I’m sure not all millennials are horrible. If you’re reading this and were born between 1990-2000, well, I’m sure you’re one of the okay ones.

Unfortunately the millennial I work with is the absolute worst. Self-entitled, lazy and generally not a pleasure to work with. I’ve been really struggling over the past few weeks on how to handle her, fluctuating between forced pleasantries and holding myself back from strangling her.

I received an email from her asking me to help her out with a really simple task today. My first reaction was, “Hells no. Sink, millennial sink!” She is way in over her head on a project she essentially swiped from me and I’ll admit that I’ve been enjoying watching her struggle with it.

But because I have committed to being less of an asshole for the next 341 days, I decided to be the bigger person. I met with her, patiently answered all of her questions, provided suggestions and genuinely tried to help her out.

The funny thing is, millennial is going to keep being an asshole. I know this. Any act of kindness is quickly lost on her as she quickly returns to her old ways. But I’m not taking it personally. I was the bigger person today and it felt good.

Total Kindness Cost: $0 (and a few brain cells)

 

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9 Comments

  1. What a great post. Wouldn’t it be great if we all found someone to pour our lives into. That is a legacy that goes on far beyond our earthly existence.

    • I’m not sure if I’ll be pouring my life into this particular millennial – but still a good exercise! 😉

  2. I was actually next to a Millennial on the train who was complaining about “adulting being so hard.” I’ve decided that in my next life (patent pending), I’m going to create an Uber-style app that connects Millennials with life coaches.

    Although sometimes I wonder if it’s a “Millennial” thing, or just we-were-all-clueless-in-our-twenties thing.

    I’m loving your posts – thanks for the inspiration!

    • Could we go halfzies on this business venture in this lifetime? I think this idea is money in the bank!

      I may have been clueless in my 20s, but I still think I was a bit less of a self-entitled little shit than today’s millennials (my mother may disagree).

      Thanks for reading and taking the time to leave your comment! 🙂

  3. This post made me laugh out loud. ‘Keep being an asshole’ being my favourite line. I’m meant to be a millennial as well- I’m not truly i promise I’m one of the okay ones haha

  4. Interesting. I only started hearing the term millennial in the last few months, and just assumed it meant people born after the start of the new millennium. I’ve learned something new today!

    Me? I’m a boomer. Make of that what you will. I’ll go back to living under a rock now. 🙂

  5. It’s interesting to read you recognize the faults of your generation. With your enlightened view, you can imagine how we older folks find the Millennial lacking in so many ways. I hope you will get many Millennial followers and we, not quite Boomers, will be given hope that your
    entire generation is not lost.

  6. Thanks for the vote of confidence! Haha. I was born in 1996 and though I may have been introduced to technology and social media growing up, I was always wide-eyed, full of wonder and basically both reading and going outdoors! I fully support you in your one-year quest. I admire your disci

  7. Thanks for the vote of confidence! Haha. I was born in 1996 and though I may have been introduced to technology and social media growing up, I was always wide-eyed, full of wonder and basically both reading and going outdoors! I fully support you in your one-year quest. I admire your discipline and the genuineness of your posts.

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