Enjoying the Journey in a Tech-Crazed World
There are days when I overwhelmingly feel the impact of my quarter-life status. Meaning, there are points when a persistent voice inside my head wonders, Is this where I should be? Naturally, we all want to become the best, most successful versions of ourselves— which inevitably prompts us to question whether we’re taking the right steps.
We essentially have two realities to now fulfill: online and offline.
I’m sure twenty-somethings have felt this way for decades. But a part of me wonders if today’s tech-crazed world is responsible for packing on more pressure. We essentially have two realities to now fulfill: online and offline. Quite frankly, we’d be fooling ourselves if we pretended the two are synonymous. We’d also be fooling ourselves to think we could do without our online identity. The webosphere is somehow rooted in nearly everything we do.
Twenty-somethings everywhere are navigating the quarter-life while remaining connected to hundreds, thousands, maybe even millions of people online. That connectivity makes it a lot harder to believe the old notion of success being a journey. Let’s be honest— we wanted everything yesterday.
So, how do we remain appreciative of the journey? I think the solution lies in recognition and appreciation. We must first recognize we’ll indefinitely be on a journey, regardless of how fast we make it up the career ladder or down the wedding aisle.
More importantly, we must remain appreciative. Specifically, we must appreciate the opportunity to create our own journey. Each story is our own. Each experience is our own. Each hurdle is our own. Which means, we also get our own timeline— marked with career jumps and relationship leaps and scarring experiences. Through recognizing and appreciating your own timeline, you become less concerned about keeping up with others.
My dad has always said, life is long. Meaning, we should step away from the rush and enjoy the journey. That journey is yours— whether it’s online, offline, or in some yet-to-be-discovered line in between.∗