Success for a Millennial

Not being handed anything in High School taught me to go for opportunities in adulthood.

“Before I can live with other folks I’ve got to live with myself. The one thing that doesn’t abide by majority rule is a person’s conscience.”

“To Kill A Mockingbird” by Harper Lee is a wonderful book on morality and ethics, and a great coming-of-age story in rural America. It was a high school requirement of mine to read the text, and coming from a rural area of Massachusetts myself, I could attest to a community being small and oftentimes spaced out. The movie version of this classic has also been a wonderful portrayal of division, and how division makes the world an unsafe place to be in at times. In fact, my high school copy of the book is still with me, and complete with the mention of my high school teacher for that year!


Just as Atticus was accountable to the community of Maycomb and to himself, so must we as millennials be accountable to our communities and to ourselves. We do live in a growing technological world where we ought to keep up with the growing trends-without getting too sucked into it- and to still stay true to ourselves in between! At least from my time in High School, I can say that as a millennial, I wish there was a class that emphasized things not being given to us. One could say a badly graded paper was the motivator to work better and harder, but it was only through visual demonstrations in college that I saw the value of earning a job well done.

“You never really understand a person until you consider things from his point of view… Until you climb inside of his skin and walk around in it.” I do have that millennial spirit of having grown up in luxury and with being served on a silver plates, but just perhaps I am not repeating my parents’ struggle of working for their accomplishments. Perhaps not working for anything is their way of pushing me farther in life too.


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