Welcome to the 21st century where entrepreneurs and DIY are all the rage. It’s no longer the norm to just be happy living your life on the three basic necessities: safety, security, and stability. Every one of us craves adventure and pushing the boundaries as to what it acceptable; it is what makes life so interesting.
For so long, we have easily accepted the status quo as an acceptable standard of living. But now is the time that we redefine our definition of living. Our three basic necessities are no longer enough to keep us satisfied; somehow, somewhere, it has become a trend to quit your day job and pursue what you had always been passionate about. We find that what is significant in our lives is no longer the same as our necessities. I cannot name a single woman in the Pamplin School of Business, or at the University of Portland for that matter, who would be perfectly fine staying at home with the kids for 18+ years. And might I add, thank goodness we are past that stage in history. Every person I know has some dream that they want to achieve; however, the only way to achieve that goal is to change and do it!
The best part about this change is that Portland is one of the best cities to try something new. From all of the quirky local shops to food carts to Saturday Market, if you want to try something completely out of the box Portland is the place to stay. And at the same time, if your passion turns out to be accounting, all “Big 4” accounting firms are downtown.
Earlier this month, a video went viral on facebook.com, Kid President. Despite his six-year old grammar, this video is both hysterical and truly inspiring. His advice and words for thoughts are essentially this generations motto. No one is saying YOLO anymore, it’s now, “What will be your space jam?”
Finding something that you are passionate about shouldn’t just become a hobby, it should become a lifestyle. Being our age gives us such an advantage to mold our futures into whatever we desire. There is nothing holding us back from ditching the necessities and finding what makes our lives significant.
I’m Still, Big Red