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Knowing the Millennial Beyond the Stigma

There is so much more to millennials than just taking a flat lay photo of their food.
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As we've come across generations, there have been palpable changes over time. This is because of the evolvement in the society which has caused changes in standards, beliefs, political views, and even fashion trends.

One of the generations getting flak or credit (you decide) for these changes are the millennials. We commonly identify someone as millennial through the generalization that these individuals are more likely liberated, procrastinators, and have a distinct inclination towards the modern technology.

However, there is so much more to millennials than just being someone who loves taking a flat lay photo of their food before anything else. Here are some of them:

  1. A millennial is more than just someone on the internet.

Yes, we do enjoy the internet life, and the vulnerability and connections they can make within. Social media has been made informative by millennials by sharing useful information and even helping businesses in terms of advertising. This isn't just because of how techie a millennial is but also because she is creative and clever. 

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  1. Millennials are passionate.

They have a strong dedication towards what they love doing. However, they are often called out for being impractical. Most of the elders don't encourage the young ones to go take a degree program in the field of arts, but millennials are more likely to be unstoppable in pursuing their love for art regardless of the financial uncertainty said to be in this field.

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  1. Millennials know their priorities.

A lot of people think that millennials just want to play around, but in reality, they just don't want to talk about getting married. This is a good thing because millennials want to focus more in their career and make the most out of their time before diving into that responsibility. Millennials invest first on themselves like getting their own car, traveling, and having the best time of their lives.

  1. Millennials are open-minded.

The youth of today are called color blinds, for the positive reason that there isn't much racism in this generation. This is also the generation that accepts and embraces diversity, and speaks all about it. Millennials are very open minded, giving space to what has been neglected like the LGBTQ and the strong support for women empowerment. This is also the reason why millennials are often tagged as atheists or agnostic, which is exactly why most millennials abhorr religion but still believe that there is a powerful one.

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  1. Millennials work hard to excel.

A lot of millennials were raised in an era where school has become a competition. Baby millennials were pressured to excel and achieve recognitions thus they are expected to be someone big or do big things someday. This doesn't necessarily mean that millennials are spoiled for seeking affirmation but it shows how millennials work hard to do good and how dedicated and loyal these young adults are.

This is what it's like to know a millennial beyond the stigma. To be tagged as a millennial isn't a negative thing, so take it as a compliment. A millennial just like all the other generations will surely make an impact in this world around, not just today but even ‘til the other generations to come.

What other misconceptions about being a millennial do you usually encounter? Let's talk in the comments below!

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Never in my wildest dream I imagined to meet someone who does not know a single One Direction song or who does not even know, Harry Styles, Louis Tomlinson, Liam Payne, Niall Horan, and err… Zayn Malik. How did you spend your teenagehood without listening to their songs? The disrespect to my #StyPayHorLikSon. My initial reaction, Vas Happenin’?

Since I was 12 years old, that was way back on 2012, One Direction songs have been my official life soundtrip, my go-to songs whenever I feel happy, sad, mad, excited, and etch. I can still remember how people went crazy just to attend their concert here in the Philippines. I must admit, I was one of those. LOL. The group was also dubbed as, “The Biggest Boyband in the World”. They were an era. You really left me in awe when you told me that you do not know a single One Direction song. Their songs are gold. But I was a little hopeful when a new messaged popped up on our conversation, “Hey I know one, Make You Beautiful”.

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You do not know how my world collapsed after reading your message. I would like to say that I appreciate the effort, thanks, but they do not have a song entitled, Make You Beautiful, because it is, What Makes You Beautiful. I tried to explain but you said that they are just the same. (Tip: Never fight with a Directioner when it comes to this because we will not let our guards down). No! They are not the same. How can you make this big mistake? LOL. What Makes You Beautiful is One Direction’s debut song. Almost everyone knows this, “you’re insecure, don’t know what for,” ring a bell? The music video of this surpassed 1 billion views on Youtube. On my 21 years of existence, you are the very first person who told me this “I-Thought-It-Was-A-Joke-But-You-Are-Serious” statement.

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As a persuasive fangirl, I thought to myself that I should make you appreciate their music, that you should know that it is What Makes You Beautiful, not Make You Beautiful. The group may be in hiatus but their music is and will always remain superior. You are hard-headed lad. We even when to the point where you challenged me to treat so I can make you watch their music video. Am I even surprised that I agreed to this? HAHA. I feel like an agent trying to persuade her customer to buy a property on our company. You do not know how happy I was when you sent me your video listening to What Makes You Beautiful. I felt like I successfully closed a deal with my client. Not to exaggerate but I really jumped because of happiness after watching your video. It was the first message I checked that morning. Thank you for your effort, so much appreciated. Funny how our conversation starts with your innocence on One Direction until it goes deeper and last longer. Up All Nigh conversations which turned to almost Midnight Memories. Ironic how a Directioner had developed an admiration on someone who dislikes her favorite boys? Just like One Direction’s song, Change My Mind, “Never felt like this before. Are we friends or are we more?” I guess, like Liam’s line on Love You Goodbye, “It's inevitable everything that's good comes to an end. It's impossible to know if after this we can still be friends.”

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I was happy that I made you listen to One Direction. At least I made you appreciate and made you aware that there is a song called, What Makes You Beautiful, not Make You Beautiful. I am happy that you already found your Girl Almighty. Wish me luck on finding my Summer Love. xoxo, Your Directioner friend

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