Living the ‘20-something’ lifestyle can come with some demanding behaviour. For many of us, sharing our lives has become our second job. Whether you are Insta-famous or a Snapchat queen, we are constantly sharing with the world ‘what it’s like to be us’, and let’s be honest… it comes at a PRETTY cost.
While my friends and I live by the motto “if it’s not free our likelihood of going hovers just slightly above zero” (mainly because we prefer to spend our money on things we enjoy... i.e. traveling). However, that’s not we’re here to discuss. The two things most active millennials hate the most are having to say No and FOMO (fear of missing out).
We live on a ‘budget’ whether you have your budget fully built out in an excel spreadsheet, a mobile app like MINT, or you know most of your paycheck goes to paying bills and the rest you can spend. There comes a time when we just can’t do everything we want. And as hard as it is to admit it sometimes it’s not sustainable to keep up with the lifestyle we want to live: traveling every other weekend, brunches, concerts, the list goes on.
We have to learn how to say no in moderation. While yes, it would be great to have an unlimited pool of money and spend it how we want, we also need to remember that we are all still growing up, finding our paths, and navigating our careers. So try it out next time you KNOW you really shouldn’t... just say no.
Social media also heightens FOMO to the max. We are always watching what our friends are doing and double tapping on their amazing pictures. So after saying no to a night out on the town or to a trip, it can suck to watch all of the fun you missed out on.
There will be many other things you will do with your friends, and they’ll understand if you can’t make it to everything. You also have to learn to be okay with it and direct your attention and energy elsewhere.
Three women going through life.