True or false: Millennials will do almost anything to try to get away from real responsibilities.
Just like its name, The Peter-Pan Syndrome, taken from the great tale of Peter-Pan who refuses to grow up and wants to forever live in the Neverland with the lost boys. It is a pop-psychology term to symbolize the behavior of when a person refuses to take responsibility as an adult and want to forever indulge in a carefree life. Sound familiar? I must admit that you and I probably suffer from this syndrome.
“I am Peter Pan in my heart” – Michael Jackson
The one famous example would be Michael Jackson, who built a Neverland on his own. A preschool teacher who allegedly visited his Neverland claims it to smells like cinnamon rolls, vanilla, and candy and sounds like children laughing. The millennials generation, probably in an entry-level position somewhere will eventually represent most of the workforce by 2030 and will probably force to leave its Neverland soon. I can assure you, it will not smell like candies and vanilla.
Unknowingly or not, we would probably keep a blind eye to real responsibilities like paying your electricity bill, paying your rent, and to do community service. I must admit, I don’t even know that I am supposed to pay tax to my car until three months ago when I realized that the license has expired. Hence, I don’t even know how insurance really works until I am getting hospitalized. I realized that I was being ignorant all this time to these adult necessities in my life.
Even though studying abroad and doing university in another town did contribute to my independence in the form of that I will not die of hunger and I learn how to properly use a rice cooker and a stove, I realized that being an adult means taking on real responsibilities. Taking on real responsibilities means you get to realize nobody is going to tell you what is right and wrong anymore. You should be able to make a decision that you eventually you can live with. When you realized that it is a wrong decision, there will be no one to blame but yourself.
Even if we want it or not, we have to become an adult at one point or another, more often than not, before we are ready.
Taking a career leap, deciding what to wear, or even plan a trip by yourself. Until now, I am still scared of taking the responsibility of my choices and even still doubt myself most of the time. The road to “adulting” is a long way and you might never be good at it. Even for the people we think are adults might not have it all figured out yet.
When I say being an adult, I do not mean that you will be wearing suits all the time and be collected at every moment in life. As a millennial, I think there is a positive side of keeping your “inner” Peter-Pan alive and well. It is the craving for adventures, the excitement of trying something new in life and to not be afraid of the dark. Peter-Pan, being a child, bravely goes head to head with Captain Hook and lead a group of lost boys. Even as we grow up, we should be able to learn to live a life full of adventures and wherever our life takes us, we will be fine.
“To live will be an awfully big adventure.” – Peter Pan