My high school teacher introduced the notion of scarcity by singing the refrain of a little ditty that goes something like this:
You can’t always get what you want
And I was the only person to join in, with
But if you try sometimes
You might find
You get what you need
And lately I’ve been grappling with the notion of want and need.
At school I was a Residence Assistant and helped students get through some really rough experiences. After one particularly emotional encounter I wrote NEVER COMPLAIN ABOUT ANYTHING EVER on a sticky note stuck to my laptop screen. My role was a regular reminder of how easy I have it.
I don’t need for anything. I’ve got my health, I’ve got an education, I’ve got a job, I’ve got a house, I’ve got loving family and friends, and an incredibly supportive spouse. I mean, come on. I have an iPhone. I have a Starbucks Card.
Still with all the awesomeness in my life I find myself wanting to expand, to improve, on what is already pretty gosh darn good.
And part of me tells myself to be satisfied with what I have, and what I have accomplished, and to take it easy.
And the other part of me starts to freak out at the concept of taking a break – like I’m a shark, and if I stop moving I’d die.
I wonder if it’s a generational thing. You hear all sorts of things about how lazy and entitled the Gen Y/Millenials/Baby Boom Echo/Facebook Generation/Net Generation is. I’m torn between:
Ok, I’ve worked hard for a while. Now I would like to rest on my laurels for a few years.
I’ll show *you* how not-lazy and not-entitled we kids are.
Is it a generational thing? Any other folks out there feeling the same way? Or is this just one of those “becoming a grownup” personal crises that everybody gets to enjoy eventually?
If you have gone through this, and survived, do you have any tips for a fledgling adult like myself?