“I hate when people tell me I can’t be tired because I’m young, like I go to school full time, work part time, I am mentally ill and I get frequent migraines. I am tired, don’t tell me I’m not” – Anonymous whisper user
If you’re anywhere 30 and under I’m sure you’ve probably heard something like this from some bitter older folks who fail to understand the pressures that come with being a millennial. Somehow they believe a ridiculous notion that youthful energy triumphs over the everyday stresses of life. This post by an anonymous whisper user says it all. I can relate on every level. It is now 7:00 am and as this post is being written, guess who’s on their way to work? Me!
I woke up at 5:00 am and left home at 6:30 am because I have to be at work at 8:00 am. Yes, my commute is that long. After work I have a 3 hour class and somehow our professor thinks that we’re going to have time to read all three chapters that she assigned for this week’s class. Not happening. Guess what I’m doing tomorrow? The same thing, work, class, home, assignments, 4 hours of sleep and repeat. You try pulling a part-time job, a work placement and five courses all in your final year of university and then tell me if you wouldn’t be tired. This would be a perfect moment for the face-palm emoji.
Yes, those headaches are real. There’s also dark circles under our eyes, weight gain because of stress eating or irregular eating, shoulder/back pains because of all the books or laptops we carry around. Don’t even get me started on the anxiety. Yes, mental illness is real and no you can’t just pray it away. There’s also one thing that the older generation didn’t have to deal with that us younger people do. It’s called Precarious work. Look it up, it’s a thing. I didn’t know there was a term for it. Here’s a little snippet from Wikipedia but I must say that I first learned about this in one of my Communications courses.
Precarious work is non-standard employment that is poorly paid, insecure, unprotected, and cannot support a household. In recent decades there has been a dramatic increase in precarious work due to such factors as globalization, the shift from the manufacturing sector to the service sector, and the spread of information technologies.
You can add the stress of trying to find a full time, well paying, permanent job once we graduate, to everything else. My schedule isn’t even that crazy compared to other students that I know. I don’t know how they manage it all but they do. Being young is not easy. I’m not saying that our parents and grandparents have it easy but sometimes they sure don’t understand how difficult we have it. All we need is a little bit of understanding because we’re stressed the fuck out. Some of us are lucky enough not to buckle under that pressure and those that do are the ones who really need your help and not your admonishment.
*PS – Feature image is not my drawing