The main character of Dare To Move, Nicole Winston, embodies what it is to be a millennial today. Honestly, I hate the term, but she truly owns it, makes jokes about it and runs with the concept throughout her early twenties. Today I want to talk to you about why I chose to showcase this in my novel, and discuss what it really is like to be a professional, as a millennial.
For starters, millennials are literally professionals, millennials, hustlers, musicians and DIY-ers, all at the same time. We like wearing different hats and 9 times out of 10 we have a side hustle. Let’s be honest, we’ve all at least contemplated a side-hustle once or twice. Given the tools we got access to before college, being able to work on our own projects of passion (projects of which could be lucrative) we had a leg up by the time we graduated.
In part of Dare to Move, Nicole posts a video to Facebook doing gymnastic tricks (hint: this part of the story may not be made up), and is asked to teach someone’s daughter how to tumble. She makes a few hundred dollars doing this, on top of having a salary, and a side gig teaching fitness classes. And I’m going out on a limb here, (based on my experiences as a millennial) to say that she wasn’t alone in this. Personally, I have friends who’ve DJ-ed, driven for Uber, sold things on Ebay, dog walked via an app, sold their crafts on Etsy, and more. Corporate life is a dying lifestyle, in some respects.
My point in all of this? Chasing passion is the crux of millennialism. It’s how we’ve all began our careers. When we’re young and ballsy, everything seems reachable, and with the technology at hand, easily attainable if you social network with the right people.
However, before you start raking in the square-space dough, how do you have time to network, market yourself, AND produce your unique offering? It’s tough when you have a traditional 9 to 5 at first, #amiright?
And, being a millennial (with passions) can be tough in the traditional work force for a few reasons:
- If you’ve social networked with your fellow co-workers, they know what you’re doing all the time, (read: what you’re doing when you’re not focused on your “real” job).
- They* don’t get work-life balance (why sit here if I could be more productive at home on my time?)
- They* assume I don’t have work ethic and I’m entitled.
(* They: older generations)
How many millneials do you know? Are you a millennial? If so, PLEASE comment below and tell me about your side-hustle/your passion! Are you the parent to a millennial? Grandparent? What do your millennial friends do for work?
I chose to hone in on this theme in my novel because I experienced all of the above from friend’s chasing dreams, by way of having three jobs in my own life and from stories at work dinners from older generations. Oh, and let’s not forget the judge-y “Dealing with millennials” articles spewed all over Facebook.
You can expect man millennialisms from main character Nicole Winston, in Dare To Move! If this interests you, pre-purchase your book today!
Hope you enjoyed this read… stay tuned for the next installments: “Millennials: seeking community” and Millennials: not seeking love