As someone in my early 20′s in 2013 it’s easy to feel under-valued and taken advantage of, as the opportunities of our American landscape slowly fade.
Our options seem to be the service industry, unpaid internships, or the military – and if you want to roll the dice, go to college —- just be damn sure you’ve got a marketable degree!
Our generation is looked down on for our low test scores and our failing to become financially independent, traits that are attributed to us being lazy and spoiled.
Photo by john hanson.
But every generation has gifts, and as the infrastructure of the American Dream crumbles, we have the opportunity to rethink what truly makes a meaningful life.
“It takes a lot of courage to release the familiar and seemingly secure, to embrace the new. But there is no real security in what is no longer meaningful. There is more security in the adventurous and exciting, for in movement there is life, and in change there is power”
With DIY culture and the trends of new-domesticity like urban gardening, crafting, home-brewing, fermenting, homeschooling – etc., we are building our meaningful lives from scratch. We are not trying to go back in time – but rather learn what we need to nurture ourselves and our community.
Art by lizzy stewart.
I want a meaningful life — and I don’t know what that looks like yet, but I think it has more to do with freedom than power.