Hello everyone and Happy Monday! Today I want to talk about the stresses of a millennial, mainly since I am one lol. I've noticed lately that a lot of people in my generation are overly stressed. We are pressured by society to keep up with the Jones's. The unending questions from family and friends on what's your next move or what exactly it is that you have planned for the next stages of your life. It's like you live your life under a microscope, and even though it comes from a place of love and care for the most part it also tends to deal out a great amount of stress.
Some of us have found ourselves in a place where we are honestly afraid to state that we may not have the next stage of our life figured out right away. We're also never really told that it's okay not to know what's next after one season of our life has ended. Not having a plan can easily be the scariest thing especially when life is still moving with or without you. It makes you feel at times like you're in a race with no endurance. I also have come to see more often that you can have an entire plan set in motion and even the plan will put you at a standstill. I will say it is important to have an idea or know what it is you have a passion for because we all have a purpose in life but don't marry your plan. Being responsible and preparing for the unknown is the best way to prepare for your future because you don't want to get complacent in a quiet season. Begin to practice to pray God's will be done in your life and stay ready for when the time comes and you figure it out.
Out of all the stressors in life how often do we truly step back and free our minds from the worries of today and everything else that is out of our control? Yes as adults we have responsibilities, but when did responsibilities trump over peace? Some of us have entered into adulthood miserable or stressed out because we don't know the unknown. We fail to realize that finding the positive in the worse situations is better for the sanity of our mind and peace. Conditioning your mind to focus on the positive will prevent dwelling in the negative. Closing the window of opportunity for depression to enter into your mind.
My first 3-4 months post grad were rough. It was nothing like what I imagined and planned, even though I was tremendously blessed reality still showed up bold. I experienced post grad depression for about 4 months. One day I woke up (literally woke up) and decided that I was not going to allow the negative attributes of life to steal my joy. I had to make a decision for my sanity and peace. I also learned that every question does not need an immediate answer and every hiccup in life comes with learning moments.
For whoever is feeling overwhelmed and stressed entering in a new season or exiting an expired season of their life remember that God said He knows the plans that he has for your life. (Jeremiah 29:11) He also said to give all of our cares and worries to Him. (1Peter 5:7) When we acknowledge him in all of our ways He will always lead and guide us on the right path. (Proverbs 3:6)
My prayer today is that anyone who is experiencing a standstill in life will receive the sign and answer that they have been waiting for. I pray that even in the season of stillness and the unknown that your Faith is made stronger and you will trust God will all things above you.
-Yours Truly, Eb