This Isn’t What We Were Promised

I’m pretty sure this isn’t what we were promised. I’m pretty sure we grew up watching people succeed. I’m pretty sure we watched our role models have strong friendship groups, paying for expensive apartments with not great jobs, and then eventually getting the dream job because of random connections. We were promised there would still be time on the side for random adventures. We’d always be able to afford nice clothes and matching furniture and fancy meals. Our homes would always be clean. Even if there were wars, they wouldn’t really affect or hurt anyone. Nothing bad would ever happen to our real world The worst thing ever would be breakups or fighting over the same guy/girl or getting cheated on. None of our friends would ever die, and it was very rare if a family member did. And if a family member did die there would usually be a good inheritance or a free house.

We were the chosen ones. We were going to change the world. Each and every one of us would succeed. Even small things were big.

But what did we get instead? Two economic recessions. Years of war overseas that we have no business fighting. Friend groups are fickle. Politics actually matter. Most of us probably will never own a house or get our dream job or be out of debt.

I don’t want to say I’m angry. But I am. I don’t want to say I’m disappointed. But I am.

This isn’t what we were promised.

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