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How to live your 20s and avoid falling in the Millennial Trap

Updated: Jul 21, 2019

“You’re not supposed to like your first job,” my previous roommate once told me.


Four months in, I had never felt more conflicted in my entire life. I graduated college with two offers and did what everyone else in my class did––packed up my whole life, moved to a new city, and started my full time entry-level job. I had never seen my parents more proud, swelling with joy as they boasted to friends and family that I had it all figured out. The truth is, I had a dirty secret. I hated my new job and I did not know how to break it to them.


While I wanted to quit, it wasn’t that simple anymore. I signed a lease for an apartment I could hardly afford and my student loan repayments were starting up in a few months. For at least the next year, this was my new life. I vowed to myself that I’d dedicate my free time to enriching my life with unforgettable experiences.


But, I’d be lying if I told you that’s what my weekends were filled with. I was so caught up with jumping into the grind, I didn’t take into account the consecutive years I’d soon spend working a minimum of 40 hour weeks, accruing no more than two weeks of vacation time a year. Because that’s the reality; once you get started, it’s hard to stop. And it only gets harder to change jobs after you’ve received pay raises and additional responsibility.


Fast forward three whole years, a few promotions, a full career change, a couple apartments later, and I finally have a job I love. My friends and I say we’ll take a year off to travel––few have actually done it—but none of us have a game plan. And to this today, the longest trip I’ve gone on was for exactly two weeks.


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