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5 x why I am not special

Admit it: you like to think of yourself as unique, special, one of a kind. Don’t worry, it’s a generational thing: we, generation Y peeps, like to think of ourselves as special. Of course, in many ways we are. But I also realize I am a total cliché in many ways. Here are 5 ways in which I am not special.

1. I want to ‘do what I love’

I know – could I get any less special? I am a typical ‘gen Y’ kid in the sense that I want my work to not feel like work. I want to jump out of bed every morning with all the excitement in the world and skip to work – whatever that may be. I want to post things on social media like ‘I can’t believe I get paid to do this!’ and have everyone envy me. I want to keep dreaming, create things and live my life in an unimaginably big way. Just like most people my age.

2. I want to make money

I said it before and I’ll say it again: money is important to me to live a full, happy life. Money makes life easier and it gives you freedom. I’ve seen my mother suffer almost all her life because of a lack of money and ever since I was little I knew one thing for sure: I wasn’t going to suffer like she was. I was going to make money and be financially independent. Guess what: that doesn’t make me special. In fact, most people my age – and even people older or younger than me – like making money. They may not admit it, but for many people money is power, freedom, status, and even happiness. I am absolutely not unique in that respect.

3. I don’t want to be forgotten

After I’m gone, I want to be remembered. Not to get dark, but when my father died a lot of people showed up at his funeral, from all over the world. I was only twelve, but I remember being hugely impressed by all those people. Imagine being so loved that people travel thousands of kilometres to be at your funeral. I know I won’t be there to see it, but I find the thought extremely comforting. I want to live my life in such a way that people talk about me, think of me and remember me after I’m gone. And take the time to go to my funeral. I’m pretty sure I’m not alone in this.

4. I have FOMO – all the time

If you don’t know what FOMO is, it’s the Gen Y #1 keyword: Fear Of Missing Out. It basically applies to seeing sunny, beautiful photos or photos of exciting parties with lots of people on your social media. No matter what it is: it’s somewhere you want to be and aren’t. Your own life looks dull in comparison. You have major FOMO and it doesn’t feel good. I suffer from this all the time by the way. I always feel like someone out there is living a better, more exciting life than me. The grass is always greener somewhere else. I’m sure many people feel this way – everyone with an Instagram account anyway.

5. I want to get married abroad

I’m so freaking special that the idea of a boring Dutch wedding in a church gives me the chills (literally). I want to get married one day and when I do, I want it to be in a special place. Not a place I can simply go to or walk by every day. The bigger the better. How about in a villa in France overlooking the ocean? Or on a yacht in Corsica? I am not kidding, by the way. I feel like if you’re going to get married, you might as well go all out. Friends of mine got married in Italy and their request to their guests was to not bring a present. Their attendance would be the gift – how cool is that? Nobody wants to get stuck with a bunch of useless wedding gifts anyway. When I close my eyes I can already see myself standing on a big yacht with a white, flowy dress and the wind in my hair. That’s what we Gen Y kids do. We dream – big!

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