I was 22 when I started my first job at TMG. I sat in a cubicle cluster with three women. Two of them were about my age.
Or were they?
I always felt like my co-workers there were much more ahead on life than I was. It was hard finding a reason why I felt that way. Maybe it was a big gap in maturity or where they were in life, but those two-three years difference in age felt like much more. Maybe it was because the young people around me were fast starters. Maybe it’s because I don’t do brunch, bookclubs, or any of the sophisticated things Washingtonians love to do.
All I know is that I am going to be 27 in a couple of months and I don’t feel like the 27 year olds that were around when I was 22.
In fact I look around and it just appears that as I get closer to 30 there should be so much more I should be accomplishing with my life. Today’s world continuously expects more from our youth as they accomplish great things at a younger age.
Mark Zuckerberg is 26 and invented Facebook.
Willow Smith is an actress and now has a single out. She’s 9.
People under 30 are doing great things out there around the world or in my backyard.
Has the timeline for success shrunk with Gen-Y? Is anybody else out there feeling the pressure to succeed immediately thanks to the great accomplishments others in our class?