My intention for this little segment in the blogosphere is to create an environment of self awareness and open-mindedness. This post may not be packed with as much gratitude and good vibes as per usual, but that’s ok. You need to acknowledge the bad to appreciate the good. Yin and Yang.
I used to have mild depression a few years back due to one of my university sociology papers depicting that everything to do with humanity is socially constructed. This is a large generalisation for what sociology stands for, but essentially the main take-out from this was that we had collectively created the power disparity that is to blame for our pressing global issues.
That’s quite heavy stuff for a naive teenager to take on, considering they had aspired to change the world in some way. This was perhaps similar to the breakdown witnessed by the social media influencer who “revealed the truth behind social media” a while back- her name escapes my mind at this moment in time. Edit: Essena O’neill.
Leading on from this, my mental state has steadily become a lot more resilient as I’ve aged and witnessed the world in operation. I’ve accepted that social construction is a core component to human nature and can be both a positive or negative trait. I have also detached my personal investment in the rate of social change occurring globally. It used to heavily affect me when I saw small instances of ignorance that fed into global issues. The frustration was most likely derived from my own ability to observe, reflect and instantly change habits or behaviour that didn’t suit the world I wanted to live in. The saying goes “you must be the change you want to see in the world”, and sometimes it just didn’t seem like anyone cared.
The biggest learning curve from this was in respecting that everyone has values that they’ve grown up with, and thus make them feel comfortable with who they are. That’s most likely a big part of the reason that social change doesn’t happen at the rate it should, given the state of global population growth. It is becoming more important than ever to work together and tackle the issues of maintaining enough resources for the 7 billion people on this planet. More importantly this must be done in a sustainable fashion so as to reduce or combat global warming. That’s without mentioning the increasing need to house the network of desperate immigrants that try to escape from the acts of terrorism witnessed in their own countries.
Wanting to change the world is still an aspiration that resonates with me to this day. I am thankful that I have maintained striving for this bigger picture, however you can imagine how easy it is to become discouraged.
That leads me on to the main point of this post.
I have grown up in the millennial era. Patience has not been instilled as one of our virtues.
I admit I do in live in a privileged western society, where everything we could ever want is a click away. Instant gratification has become an engraved characteristic of our culture- for instance the real-time likes, view counts, delivery of anything straight to your door, live-streaming and internet speeds that make waiting for anything a thing of the past. This leads to the worrying implication on work ethic for those who are now entering the workforce.
Throughout our short lives we have witnessed the rise and fall of dial-up internet, fliptop cell-phones, DVDs, cable phones, amidst the rise of all the innovations that are leading us into the Web 5.0 era. It’s no wonder that anxiety is the most common mental illness. The world is changing so fast, and we are having to constantly find new paths for financial success while trying to grasp on to the rapid evolution of the world around us.
Though I no longer experience depression to the extent that I did a few years back, there seems to be a periodic relapse where I lay in bed with no motivation to do anything with myself. I get overwhelmed- with the upfront stresses of getting a good GPA at University, while trying to achieve a decent employment history in order to gain experience that helps me land a job using my degree, while trying to maintain interpersonal relationships, while trying to pursue my passions and not to mention obtaining some mental clarity within it all. It probably doesn’t help that the extent of social media integration highlights the unbelievable successes of all my peers.
I also know I’m not the only one who experiences this existential overload on an ongoing basis.
The question then is what happens to the workforce as the millennials begin to construct this side of society. Already there are statistics discussing the sheer variety of job roles each graduate in this day will have throughout their career.
What can we do to better equip ourselves to harness the ability to invigorate the social change we need in the world, and find financial success in the saturated markets that are dominated by global corporations?
On that note, I think that’s enough word vomit for tonight. I’m not too sure what I wanted to achieve with this post, but let’s get a conversation going.
Thanks for tuning in.