To Settle or Not to Settle?

Posted on October 26th, 2011


To settle or not to settle?

This is our generations’ greatest question.

Heck, I’d say SETTLING is GenYs and Millennials GREATEST FEAR – the thought of settling giving us nightmares. Like the time we watched Stephen King’s IT and slept with the nightlight until we were fourteen. (Yep, still can’t look a clown in the eye).


We’re the, I Can Do Anything, Get the Freak Out of My Way, Generation. We are the, I’ll-work-how-I-want, when-I-want, where-I-want, Generation.

We want it our way.

Picture of Hope

Picture by Darren Tunnicliff – Creative Commons

So what happens when our way becomes no way in hell?

What happens when Plan A is shredded like an old tax statement?

What happens when you’re working, well, just to work? You know, to pay those silly things called bills?

What happens when moving in with your parent’s, or a cardboard box, becomes your only two options?

This fear of settling swirls in your stomach like a blender turned on high, the expectations of the big life you envisioned pureed like a jar of baby food.

To Settle or Not to Settle?
Is That the Right Question?

What’s settling? Is it taking a job just to pay the bills? Is it moving in with your parents? Is it some external setback?

Well, no, I don’t think so.

Our generation must not confuse setbacks for settling.

Sure many in our GenY, MIllennial Generation are not acting out our greatest dreams right now.

But we can settle for a season without settling.

Settling, is simply, giving up. It’s letting your dreams be suffocated by your current reality.

However, if I know our generation, I don’t see us throwing in the towel.

Sure maybe we’ve joined forces with a not-so-glamorous life. Maybe we’re not going to be a feature article in our alumni magazine anytime soon.

But I think our generation’s most important characteristic is that we have the ability to stay optimistic, even when the world turns quite depressing.

Because we’re not settling. We’re visiting.

This is a season, a stage, the perfect place in time to help us take a step to the next.

There is magnificence in the mundane, if we choose to look for it.

To settle or not to settle? Is this the right question?

Picture by Darren Tunnicliff – Creative Commons

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