Leap of Faith
Do the millennials believe in their future? We hear so much today about how stressed and hopeless the younger generation is in approaching their start in life. Is that true for all or most of them…or is there still hope left out there?
I am the mother of four young adults. Our daughter is 28 years old, married, mother of a 2-year-old and expecting her second child, working towards completing her master’s degree…and a professional woman working full time. Our sons are 26, 19, and 17 years old and are still working on their education. Many people have asked me why our daughter and son-in-law started their family so soon. The questions range from concerned and a bit judgmental to hopeful and intrigued. These questions are quite thought provoking for me.
I believe there are several things at play here. First, my daughter and son-in-law are very goal-oriented and passionate about their careers. They are focused and driven to succeed in not only their professional lives but also in their personal lives.
They are an unusual couple in today’s world for several reasons.
First, both of their parents are still married. Think about that! My husband and I will celebrate or 35th wedding anniversary this year and her husband’s parents have been married for 30 years. Both of them had the benefit of seeing long lasting marriages…or rather…partnerships in action. I believe they both have a very grounded and realistic view of what marriage entails….the joys, the trials, and the journey together towards the life that they want.
Second, they both believed in the value of careers and the education that would get them to their goals professionally. They both have worked very hard to see their professional goals begin to become a reality. Is it always easy? Not at all. But they still stick with their goals. They work very hard to achieve those goals and still have a grounded and loving personal life.
Third, they have an excellent support system. They live near their parents and siblings and interact with them often. I don’t think we can ever underestimate the value of a strong support group…both friends and family. This is something my husband and I did not have at the beginning of our marriage and I can see such value in the relationships they have with all of us.
So what does all of this mean? I believe that it gives all of us hope. We are at our best when we have goals both personally and professionally that we are striving for and we have the support system to help us through the good and the tough stretches of life. Hope is a powerful emotion. It can lead us to a better life.
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