Millennials Will Save Us All

It seems millennials aren’t taking the coronavirus seriously. Instead of self quarantining, they’re taking advantage of cheap flights and making travel plans. I get this mentality, considering millennials are drowning in debt. Get the cheap rates while you can, live while you can, because the future is not guaranteed.

The baby boomers in charge know how to appeal to the millennial ego.

“Right now we need the army of millennials out there doing everything that they can to protect themselves from getting infected because we know a lot of their cases will be mild or asymptomatic, and making sure that they’re doing every single precaution to protect their parents and grandparents.” White House coronavirus response coordinator Dr. Deborah Birx details new plans to curb the spread of COVID-19. Good Morning America 3/17/2020

Boomers aren’t doing too good of a job self-quarantining either, and they’re freaking out their millennial offspring. Millennials have to tell their boomer folks to turn off Fox News and take the coronavirus seriously.

“I can report the sky is absolutely falling, we’re all doomed, the end is near,” Sean Hannity said on his show February 26, adding, “Or at least that’s what the media mob and the Democratic extreme, radical socialist party want you to think.”

And Generation X? We’re bragging that we can entertain ourselves thanks to our latchkey-kid upbringing. Millennials hit back:

They’re not wrong.

More Bites of Reality

“I think Generation X is the last generation to grow up in the real world,” a girlfriend said over lunch. “We actually talk to people. In person. And on the phone. My kid never answers her phone. She refuses to call anyone, especially a business. If she can’t find it on the internet, she’ll go without. She’s on her smartphone obsessively but won’t ever use the phone part.”

“Why are you so obsessed with millennials?” my husband demanded. “They are the worst. They’re so entitled! And not for nothing, but avocado toast is just guacamole on bread.”

“You know what Generation X gave the world?” my friend Phil asked. “Internet porn. You’re welcome.”

Pivot to an Update!

It’s been 114 days (3 months and 22 days) since I decided to change my life by thinking like a millennial and follow Freddie Smith and Alyssa Tabit’s The Pivot Principle (audiobook here).

Millennial-ing: When I needed glasses, I went to Warby Parker. Easiest exam and glasses purchase I’ve ever made. I now adore ThirdLove bras. I’m not a fan of having so many monthly subscriptions: quip toothbrushes, Harry razor blades, ipsy makeup samples, YouTube, amazon music, DisneyPlus, CBS… I feel out of control of my money. And I haven’t had avocado toast yet. That sh*t is expensive in NYC.

New Job: It’s been up-and-down, getting used to a new commute, new office, new people and new responsibilities. I think I’ll get the hang of it after I’ve been there for a full year. This is a test of patience and perseverance. (Finally being paid what I’m worth ain’t too shabby.)

THE PIVOT PRINCIPLE

Chapter 10, Pivot Your Health: I’ve only been able to go to my new gym twice. My job’s busy time is February and March, unfortunately, so there have been way more late nights than I expected. I hope my schedule evens out – Snatched in Six Weeks starts today! Since November I’ve lost 20 pounds and can wear my sparkle coat, two victories I’ll gladly take!

Intro: I have a post-it with Alyssa’s quote at my new office…

Chapter 1, Pivot from Fear: How to work the rejection muscle as a writer? I’m tweeting short stories I wrote that were vetted by my writing group. I tweet them one at a time, line by line. I finally got a couple of likes last week, but overall it’s been a one-sided experience.

Chapter 2, Pivot from Excuses: My ego is still sore learning that I’m full of lame excuses. Now that I know, I can’t make those excuses anymore. My plan of action: my brain is better in the morning than at night. I set my alarm 30 minutes earlier so I can budget a full hour of writing before work. It’s working! I’ve already revised two short stories and began a world-building document for a time travel novel.

Chapter 5, Pivot on Purpose: This one still stings too, worse than Chapter 2. Replacing “I don’t have time for _____” with “_____ isn’t a priority” is burned into my brain. I’m glad for it because it’s forced me to face a lot of my own bullsh*t.

Chapter 11, Pivot to Social Media: I WIN!

*mike drop*

Ain’t Nobody Got Time For That!

Chapter 5, Pivot on Purpose, is a spiritual kick in the stomach. With stilettos.

At 8:12, Alyssa says:

Any time you catch yourself about to say, “I don’t have the time for _____,” stop and say “_____ is not a priority.”

I don’t have the time to work out. My health isn’t a priority.
I don’t have the time to write. My art isn’t a priority.
I don’t have the time to meal prep. Nutrition isn’t a priority.

Oh, Alyssa. I adore you. But today I kind of hate you.

At 9:00, she says, “It stings to hear, but it’s a necessary lesson.”

Devastating!

Pivoting to Social Media

I jumped to Chapter 11, Pivot to Social Media. Alyssa talks about how your social media profiles are your calling card to the world, and how knowing how to use social media tools is vital for employment, collaborations, and connections. She then goes over ways to present yourself positively, from variety in your profile pictures to posting as if you’re having a conversation rather than posting “at” someone. There’s a lot of great advice, especially for beginners like me.

I’m not nearly as social media savvy as most millennials or even Generation X. I can’t blame this on a generation thing. My husband handles most of our social media. Back in November after listening to the Intro chapter (which was a very powerful experience), I tweeted my very first tweet tagging a celebrity:

Ehrmahgaaaaah, Alyssa liked my Tweet!

Then I got bolder and a few weeks later, this happened:

IF HE CAN IGNORE THE TYPO, SO CAN YOU!

Ever the dutiful student, I poked around Twitter and found some incredibly enthusiastic DAYS fans to follow. It’s super-fun to see what is live-tweeted when an episode airs.

I also found a great community of fellow writers. We hold each other accountable to deadlines and promote each other’s accomplishments. I’ll be wasting a lot of time on twitter in the near future.

Instagram is less community-oriented so far, much more self-promoting. I’m probably using it wrong. Even so, I made a fantastic connection via Instagram a few weeks ago:

Billy Flynn just starred in a play in LA called Disposable Necessities. It’s the marriage of two of my favorite things: science fiction and live theater. There was no way I could get to LA to see it so I DM’d Rogue Machine Theater and asked if the playwright was selling the script (which they often do, especially in off-Broadway or regional theaters, to help raise money for the theater). A few hours later, Neil McGowan himself DM’d me and arranged for me to get a copy! I couldn’t believe it! The script is amazing. The play just closed and I’m so bummed I couldn’t see it! I hope it comes to NYC for a run.

Pre-Pivot, I wouldn’t have reached out to the theater in the first place. I’d have been too shy.

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