16 Positive Qualities Of Millennials

16 Positive Qualities Of Millennials

We aren't all "me, me, me."
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If you have seen the numerous articles centered on millennials put out by various mainstream news outlets or have ever had to sit through a lecture from a parent, grandparent, or teacher listing off all the reasons why your generation has fallen short, you probably are aware then that millennials have a pretty negative image. I have seen some great pieces written in the defense of the millennial generation, but they tend to get lost in a sea of negativity. I acknowledge that this generation, like every other generation to come before us, has its own set of flaws and shortcomings. But we still have a lot to offer. So here is some great qualities and characteristics typically found in someone belonging to the millennial generation:

1. Adventurous

A lot of millennials seem to suffer from a serious case of wanderlust. We want to see the world - experience different cultures, try new foods, and make memories that will last a lifetime.

2. Ambitious

We may be called dreamers, but we should also be called achievers. Some of us might have what others might call "unrealistic" expectations for our future, but we are very willing to get ourselves there.

3. Confident

Other generations might want to label our confidence as being "cocky" or "arrogant" - but that's just not being fair. There's nothing wrong in making goals and being confident that you will be able to obtain them.

4. Conscious

Being a member of the generation that knows all about various social media platforms, we are well aware of the fact that what we put out is fair game for multiple interpretations. As a result, we are conscious of our actions.

5. Collaborative

With our schooling having an intense focus on working with others for both in-class activities and high-stakes projects, even the most introverted millennials know how to properly work with others, and this is an important skill to have.

6. Educated

Our schooling is probably more rigorous than what our parents experienced, and even though that means that they might not be able to help us with our math homework, it gives us an edge in the long run.

7. Idealistic

No matter what state the world is in, we know that we want to help make the world a better place.

8. Independent

People might like to think that we are exclusively reliant on our parents' money, but we do know how to fare for ourselves. We are okay with going places by ourselves and are more than comfortable going on a drive with just ourselves as company.

9. Motivated

Contrary to popular belief, we aren't all lazy. We know that the workplace is only becoming more and more competitive, which is why we work hard towards earning good grades, gaining internships, and helping fill out our resume as much as possible.

10. Multi-Tasking

Instead of complaining that our eyes are always glued to our phones, maybe others should recognize the fact that we can communicate with friends over social media, hold a decent conversation face-to-face, and enjoy a movie on TV all at the same. We can also work on multiple assignments at once as well.

11. Open-Mindedness

We are well aware that our personal experiences and beliefs are not universal experiences and beliefs, and most of us are willing to expand our perspective of the world.

12. Passionate

We know that pursuing hobbies that we care about is an important part of our personal growth and development.

13. Polite

One thing that I never understand is how older generations always complain that us millennials are so rude and careless. Though this is probably true for some, I've observed the opposite. We tend to recognize the authority of others and show the respect that they deserve.

14. Problem-Solving

Life is full of unseen obstacles, and it's essential to be able to solve these problems instead of just walking away. Being natural innovators, millennials are always willing to take a crack at any problem they might face.

15. Tech-Savvy

It's no secret that we are the generation that is the most adaptable to the technology that is currently available. While our parents might not understand how to operate Snapchat - or maybe even their iPhones in general - we just get it.

16. Trailblazing

We are the generation that everyone has their eyes on right now, like it or not. That means we are being observed in how we navigate our way through this crazy journey called life.

The millennial generation is probably one of the most misunderstood generations out there right now. We are labeled as lazy, self-indulgent, self-obsessed, and dependent, among other unflattering descriptions. I'm not trying to completely dismiss these perceptions since they can be true for some millennials out there. But I think we should also be aware of the fact that we do indeed have positive qualities too.

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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.

5. He encourages me to best the best I can be.

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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Honestly, I have been in a rut. I have no idea what I want to do in life. I have been lacking creative ideas. So, I decided to try different methods to pull me out of this headspace.

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It happens. Life comes at you so fast; it seems like it can only move up and then you stagnate. You get stuck, unable to pull yourself out of a cloud that seemingly engulfs you. It is okay. It is okay to be lost. It is okay to sit back and reflect. It is okay to be sad. But in these moments where you lack any type of inspiration or motivation, what do you do? I used two different methods in an attempt to pull myself back up.

1. Yoga

I became interested in the practice of yoga during my junior year of high school when the world seemed to just stop spinning. Things were not going well for me, so I decided to channel my anxiety into the practice of calm stretching. I started a yoga club in high school, and from there, found videos online to continue a free and relaxing practice. Yoga is a method to re-center and re-focus your values and recognize your place on this Earth. It can be hard when everything is so loud but doing just 15 minutes of yoga every morning is a reminder that you have a place and you are significant. You deserve to take time for yourself and quietly be, and the video above reminds me of that. I do this video every single morning before I leave my dorm room for the day. It allows me to refocus on myself and improves my mood.
This channel, Boho Beautiful, has allowed me to channel my stress into the calming practices of yoga and meditation. If I want a more rigorous workout, she has plenty of those too. By doing yoga, I found a passion and an interest. With this passion, I am reminded of my importance on this planet and that we all can do something to better ourselves.

2. Reconnect with yourself

Take a day to treat yourself. Treating yourself does not always entail indulging in your favorite foods or spa day. It can also entail simply just taking a few moments to breathe, be by yourself and just be. I have found that in LA it is very easy to get caught up in the fast-paced society, always searching for something better. However, oftentimes if you sit and reflect you will realize that you are exactly where you should be and are probably doing a lot more than you think. By reflecting I realized that I have been caught up in the mindset of "I can do better" or "I can do more". But, again, you are exactly where you should be. Slow down. Appreciate you.

While it is very easy to get caught up in the neverending cycle of social, economic, or status climbing in LA, remember that everyone has times when they lose motivation. We all have rock bottoms where it seems like nothing could get worst. But with this rock bottom remember. It truly is only up from there. To find your inspiration again, try something new. Like yoga, you may have a passion that reminds you why you are here. Remember to treat yourself. Sit. It is okay to do nothing every once in a while to ensure you are taking the best care of yourself as possible. Just sit. Be. Let the motion continue around you. And remember, it is okay to not always be a part of that movement.

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