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Cut the Millennial Generation Some Slack

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I'm 24.

I’m young. I’m old. I’m almost mid-20s and six years from 30.  It seems like just last year I was legally allowed to drink, but every time I consult the calendar, I come out age 24.  I've been out of college for a few years, but each fall, when a new school year starts, I realize that I'm getting further and further away from my college memories.  I'm starting to feel---confused.

I'm 24--where did the time go? But I'm 24! Shouldn't I have accomplished a myriad of amazing things by now? That's what everyone says...  What's with all this pressure?

And these last few questions are just it.  I find that the Millennial generation is stuck between expectations set by tradition and rigid reality.  What are we supposed to do in such a tough economy with such critics looking over our shoulders?

Tradition is the nursery rhyme, “First comes love.  Then comes marriage. Then comes a baby in the baby carriage.”  Slap a college education before “love” and “1.5 kids” after the first baby. Yep, you’re set! Not.

Reality is a sluggish economy, few jobs, loads of debt, and the possibility of relinquishing independence in order to live for free with family members.

This is the plight of the Millennials.