Even in (or because of?) this recession, I find that among twentysomethings I know, most are less willing to trade adventure / soul-searching for security.
- Example 1: 25-year-old who quits job with decent pay to travel the world in search of the Next Big Wave.
- Example 2: 23-year-old who uses layoff from the Big 4 to figure out how to break into acting / entertainment business.
- Example 3: 27-yeard old quits consulting gig to start a start-up. Went from $100K+ paycheck to ramen noodles – but, he’s living his dream.
- Example 4: Several quarterlifers living the funemployment life.
In all of these cases, these are high-achieving people in college who went after the big jobs during recruiting. In most cases, having worked for a year or two or three, they have saved up enough to fund their traveling costs or start-up expenses. Self-discovery is a lifelong process, but these twentysomethings are getting a jump start on their roaring twenties.
Money can shackle you or liberate you. It’s gratifying to see them out there, pursuing their dreams and trying to figure out what makes them happy and what gives their lives meaning.
Life’s too short not to.