I wonder how our kids would feel about money if they hadn’t grown up watching their parents struggle with it so much? How would they think about their own future if their parents, for the most part, had not spent most of their lives growing up in a constant state of just “trying to get by” or even worse, just existing so that “one day” they could retire, only to not be able to retire when they wanted because they don’t have the “financial security” that they need or want to make that move.
What if, instead, they grew up in an atmosphere in which money, just like love and relationships, was considered an abundant resource, with plenty to go around. After all, when your teenager had his or her heart broken for the first time, didn’t you tell them that there were plenty of fish in the sea and there are so many options out there that they should not settle? That they should wait for that perfect partner, because there is one for everyone?
What if the Gen Y’s grew up believing that money was abundant, like love partners, and that by doing something they had passion about, that they would always have money, always be OK and they would always have the “financial security” that seems to them nowadays to be completely out of reach.
I imagine that if they had grown up with this belief system, that they wouldn’t be considered to be lazy and unmotivated. I imagine that they would be more likely to go to college, not because they could get a better job or make more money (because that clearly is not happening these days), but because they wanted to LEARN, and KNOW things and use that knowledge to make this world a better place. To contribute to the planet in their own special way.
I imagine that if this were true, they wouldn’t worry about money, or jobs or unemployment, or security, because they would know that they already had it, and that they would always be ok, by simply following their instincts to do what they believe is what they were born to do, and ironically, without worrying about the money factor, they would naturally have the security that we all crave.
The thing that I look forward to over the next decade or two, is that there are a group of Gen Y’s that seem to share that vision (think Mark Zuckerberg). After all, not all Gen X parents were struggling, just a great deal of them. So I see for the next Gen Z, which is not old enough for us to know yet, that they WILL grow up with parents that allow them to follow their own path, and to decide what type of education is best for them, and to thrive and be successful by contributing to this planet whatever their gift it is and whatever they came here to do, without any restraint or fear involved.
I believe that the Gen Y, in its current state of questioning all that is going on around them and this planet, will have no choice but to create a new system, and it may take a while, and it will inevitably result in some growing pains, but it will happen, and the next generation will blossom and thrive, and the planet along with them.