a thoughtful web.
Share good ideas and conversation.   Login or Take a Tour!
kleinbl00  ·  543 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: How Millennials Became the Burnout Generation

Research consistently points out that Millennials aren't special in any way- they're victims of circumstance that got the shaft economically because of debt supercycles. They're victims of circumstance that got the shaft socially because of media paranoia and the rise of online life. Yet these articles keep propagating that say "We're not special we're special!" when the details are pretty simple:

    I remind myself that my mom was pretty much always doing errands. Did she like them? No. But she got them done. So why couldn’t I get it together — especially when the tasks were all, at first glance, easily completed? I realized that the vast majority of these tasks shares a common denominator: Their primary beneficiary is me, but not in a way that would actually drastically improve my life.

So your mom could do chores for the family but you can't do chores for yourself...

    For the past two years, I’ve refused cautions — from editors, from family, from peers — that I might be edging into burnout. To my mind, burnout was something aid workers, or high-powered lawyers, or investigative journalists dealt with. It was something that could be treated with a week on the beach. I was still working, still getting other stuff done — of course I wasn’t burned out.

And you can do chores for other people but can't do chores for yourself...

6000 words of blind introspection follows