A Pledge For Adulthood

A Pledge For Adulthood

A few things that millennials seem to have forgotten.
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I came across an article in the Los Angeles Times, written by Chris Erskine, that talked about the "Millennial Pledge," (http://www.latimes.com/home/la-hm-erskine-20151010...) which I firmly believe every millennial should take before they take anymore steps into the life of adulthood, myself included. Instead of working to better our character and do things with our lives to improve the world we live in, we get caught up in wanting the latest and greatest products, and our egocentrism often gets in the way of trying to better ourselves as human beings. Erskine really puts things into perspective in this pledge, and here are some of the pledges that he suggests every reader puts into their life.

1. "I am entitled to nothing."

Something that I feel many people believe they are nowadays. However, that's not the case. You don't deserve something just because you think you do. Earn it if you want it.

2. "Just once, I will try driving without texting."

I know you've heard this before, but that "LOL" can wait for 15 minutes until you reach your destination. You don't need to risk your life and/or other people's lives for something as insignificant as a text message.

3. "Just once, I will try eating without texting."

I bet you can't even remember the last time you sat down and had a coffee with someone just to talk. Not talking over your laptops while you're studying at the 24-hr Starbucks. I'm talking about actually sitting down with your coffee, with your friend sitting across from you, and engaging in a real conversation. Try it. You'd be amazed at what you can find out about each other!


4. "I will learn to laugh at everything, especially myself."

I promise, this makes life so much easier...


5. " Each year, I will pen at least one thank-you note, using what's left of my cursive writing skills."

Did you know they stopped teaching kids how to write in cursive in school? There is nothing more personal than a hand-written letter, and a hand-written letter in cursive is going above and beyond. If you want to make someone's day, write them a letter, even if it's not the most convenient thing to do, or the fastest. However, it is the most meaningful.


6. "When I don't get my way, I will learn to roll with it."


7. "I promise not to misuse the word "literally." As in "I am literally dying of hunger," o,r "You are literally being so rude.""

I'm guilty of doing this, and I'm ashamed to admit it. It's a bad habit that I'm literally trying to quit... see, there I go again. All joking aside, this doesn't make you sound intelligent, and we all know that you're not speaking figuratively.


8. "If I can't afford car insurance, I won't spend $20 a day on coffee."

Oh look, here's another thing I'm guilty of doing, and I bet all of my fellow college students are guilty of, too! I know your 8 a.m. class is telling you otherwise, but do you really need that Venti, Quad-shot, Soy, Chai Tea Latté that's going to cost you $8.00?

9. "I won't give only gift cards for Christmas."

With the holidays coming up, this is something to keep in mind while you're frantically trying to get all of your Christmas shopping done. The only thing that giftcards say is, "Hey, I was too lazy to find something that you might actually like, so here you go, find it yourself." Put some effort into people's gifts this year.


10. "I will save 10% of everything I earn."

You won't even notice that it's gone from your paycheck, but in a few years you'll see it all start to add up.


11. "I promise not to text anything of life-changing significance: a marriage proposal, a divorce decree, a positive result."

... and I repeat, do not break up with someone over a text... ever.


12. "I will always remember Aristotle's quote: "It is the mark of an educated mind to be able to entertain a thought without accepting it.""


If you want to read the rest of the Millennial Pledge, click here and take your first few steps into the life of an adult. Happy reading!

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8 Reasons Why My Dad Is the Most Important Man In My Life

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Growing up, there's been one consistent man I can always count on, my father. In any aspect of my life, my dad has always been there, showing me unconditional love and respect every day. No matter what, I know that my dad will always be the most important man in my life for many reasons.

1. He has always been there.

Literally. From the day I was born until today, I have never not been able to count on my dad to be there for me, uplift me and be the best dad he can be.

2. He learned to adapt and suffer through girly trends to make me happy.

I'm sure when my dad was younger and pictured his future, he didn't think about the Barbie pretend pageants, dressing up as a princess, perfecting my pigtails and enduring other countless girly events. My dad never turned me down when I wanted to play a game, no matter what and was always willing to help me pick out cute outfits and do my hair before preschool.

3. He sends the cutest texts.

Random text messages since I have gotten my own cell phone have always come my way from my dad. Those randoms "I love you so much" and "I am so proud of you" never fail to make me smile, and I can always count on my dad for an adorable text message when I'm feeling down.

4. He taught me how to be brave.

When I needed to learn how to swim, he threw me in the pool. When I needed to learn how to ride a bike, he went alongside me and made sure I didn't fall too badly. When I needed to learn how to drive, he was there next to me, making sure I didn't crash.

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My dad sees the best in me, no matter how much I fail. He's always there to support me and turn my failures into successes. He can sit on the phone with me for hours, talking future career stuff and listening to me lay out my future plans and goals. He wants the absolute best for me, and no is never an option, he is always willing to do whatever it takes to get me where I need to be.

6. He gets sentimental way too often, but it's cute.

Whether you're sitting down at the kitchen table, reminiscing about your childhood, or that one song comes on that your dad insists you will dance to together on your wedding day, your dad's emotions often come out in the cutest possible way, forever reminding you how loved you are.


7. He supports you, emotionally and financially.

Need to vent about a guy in your life that isn't treating you well? My dad is there. Need some extra cash to help fund spring break? He's there for that, too.

8. He shows me how I should be treated.

Yes, my dad treats me like a princess, and I don't expect every guy I meet to wait on me hand and foot, but I do expect respect, and that's exactly what my dad showed I deserve. From the way he loves, admires, and respects me, he shows me that there are guys out there who will one day come along and treat me like that. My dad always advises me to not put up with less than I deserve and assures me that the right guy will come along one day.

For these reasons and more, my dad will forever be my No. 1 man. I love you!

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Sweet Potatoes Are The Most Underrated Vegetable Of All Time

Everything you need to know about the pieces of edible gold we call "sweet potatoes" and why they will always perish over any plain old potato.

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The potato. The heart of the American food industry. A versatile vegetable crop soaked in grease that brings us some of our favorite appetizers and sides. From french fries, to curly fries, to tater tots, to baked potatoes, to hash browns, this hallowed vegetable has become the Johnny Depp of the vegetable family. Now, we are all aware that the configurations of potatoes are limitless, but we commonly disregard the potato's delicious and neglected brother: the sweet potato. I, a credible food connoisseur and highly experienced eater, am here to tell you why you are missing out on a world of flavor if you choose to dismiss the beloved sweet potato and its many entities.

Let me first start this tirade by proving to you my credibility...I, too, once believed that regular french fries were better than sweet potato fries. I scoffed at the idea of choosing those ridiculous orange sticks over my tried-and-true plain boys. I could not be convinced that any sweetness should impede on my savory snacks.

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In an instant, it was as if time and space had lost all meaning. When my teeth hit the fry, the perfectly crusted outer shell crunched softly making a sound much like your foot crushing a dried leaf. The now exposed inside of the fry was the perfect blend of mush and warmth that felt like your mouth was receiving a hug. The flavor...unbelievable. It didn't take me long to realize that this wasn't a fry — this was a culinary experience. This fry single-handedly blew the roof off of any predisposed ideas I had about American cuisine.

I am well aware that my fry experience cannot be simulated again by any average food-goer, but I challenge you, the reader of this article, to get out there and enjoy a sweet potato in any form. Stray from your basic fries or tater tots and dabble in a sweet treat which will undoubtedly bring you flavorful satisfaction.

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