There’s a lesson in here somewhere to all of us.
Most or even all of the adults I know are talking somberly about the current financial crisis. There are a lot of doomsayers, predicting worldwide desolation and even the end of the world as we know it. But they are definitely focusing on the half empty glass, and it certainly isn’t cheering to hear.
Meanwhile, I got an email from a young friend tonight. She graduated from college last year, and has had a hard time finding a job in the current market, so she’s taken jobs as a waitress and a coat check person, and doing an internship in her field to further her education. Is she whining about the crisis or the job market, although she’s a direct victim of it? No, she isn’t. Instead, she wrote me an email about two ideas she has for TV shows, which actually sound great to me. I have no idea if anything will come of these ideas, or even if there’s a market for them. But her email was a real wake up call to me. Instead of sitting around like the ‘grown ups’, predicting doom and worse times to come, she is making good use of her time, learning something and being as creative as she can. (She’s 23 years old) and she sounded full of energy and good cheer, and excited about moving forward. Not a single complaint about the job she doesn’t have. Wow!
Another young man I know, also about to graduate from college, is pounding the pavements in New York, interviewing for jobs—and instead of complaining or being frightened, he’s excited about the interviews he’s having and willing to work in almost any field.
A number of my kids’ friends, talented, bright, interesting young people with good educations, are out of work right now. Jobs are hard to come by, but there are jobs out there. And what I’m so impressed by is the attitude of these young people. They’re not scared, they’re not angry, they don’t think the end of the world is coming. They are forging ahead, full of life and excitement, and making plans.
Two of my own children will be graduating this year, and they will be out in that same sparse job market with the others. But I hear none of these young people complain or express fear (even those from families who aren’t wealthy). I hear none of the whining and moaning that I hear from my own generation. What I’m hearing is their excitement about jobs, their confidence that things will get better soon. What an example they are to us. They are the future of this country. And our future is safe in their hands. With all that energy, faith and good will, this country will be strong for a long, long time. Bravo for our kids!