I’ve recently embarked on a new endeavor with the creation of a website called The Millénaire. The project relies entirely upon the stories of individuals in their late teens, 20s and early 30s (i.e. young adults).
I would love to have your contribution. The more diverse the range of voices and experiences, the better. All submissions can be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org. You are free to submit anonymously, but for all of you fellow bloggers, this is also a great way to get your name and your own website out there. If you so choose, I will provide links to your blog/website and other social media information at the end of your entry.
To get a better sense of the mission of this project, here is the “About” page:
Meaning “millenial” in French, the Millénaire is a place for camaraderie amongst young adults. We have our own sets of struggles and hardships that are often clouded by this need to portray our lives as perfect through social media, in front of acquaintances and even with our close friends.
In seeing the constant status updates and pictures that feign the seemingly perfect lives of others, we feel worse and worse about our own difficulties when, in truth, those around us may be experiencing similar feelings. We just don’t talk about it.
The Millénaire is an experiment: It’s a place to build empathy between young adults and tell the stories we might not always want to talk about. My hope is that sharing our own experiences will not only help us embrace the ups and downs of our own lives, but help others as well.
Entries should be written primarily in a personal narrative format. E.g. “I felt like this… I experienced that… This or that thing happened to me… ”
Posts can be as short or long as needed to tell your story.
Questions to get your ideas flowing:
- What is the hardest aspect of being a young adult?
- What’s the best part?
- How do you usually occupy your day? (Be honest or silly here if needed; it’s okay to admit you surf the internet for hours or watch SpongeBob everyday).
- Do you feel pressured to be at a certain point in your life, and you’re not there yet? (e.g. married or long-term relationship, stable career, “dream job,” house).
- How did you handle a situation you weren’t expecting/ready for? (e.g. failure, job loss, pregnancy, death, illness, loss of friendship, break-up).
- Do you feel like you still have opportunities on the horizon, or that they have already passed because you are now “grown up”?
- Have you picked up any hobbies or new talents in your late teens, 20’s, 30’s? Things you had not learned in your childhood, but have always aspired to do.
- Are you afraid of being “ordinary”?
- What’s an obstacle you overcame and how did it help you?
Thanks everyone, and happy writing.