Wow are we busy, everyone is so busy. I think that the adults of today (being from 25-55) are feeling the ‘busy-ness’ of life. They are expected to have it all…
- The successful career
- The family
- The right house
- The right car
- The mortgage
- The holiday house
- The overseas holidays
The reality, however, is different; it is the lack of sleep, the lack of a healthy diet due to ‘not having enough time for themselves’ because of caring for lots of different people and lots of different roles, high-stress levels because of perceived expectations of society, the media, schools, employers, friends and family, not enough time to themselves, not enough money to live the life they are ‘supposed’ to be living…. The list goes on.
I do think that adults of today have more choices than previous generations, but due to the expectations of the previous generations, and the changes happening around the perceived pressures it is no wonder people are questioning their lives, their roles, their expectations of themselves and others and there could be some generational controversy related to all of this.
Today more than ever, more and more people are willing to take a stance against what is ‘expected’ and what is ‘right’ for them and/or their family, they appear to be stepping back and really thinking about what works and what doesn’t work. Social Media has a huge impact on this and gives a lot of people a voice that they would not have otherwise had. There is still a long way to go, but the changes being felt are real and moving forward in a direction that will change society in many ways for future generations.
The adults of today have felt the pressures to succeed without the dangers posed to previous generations, but they have also had to stand up against previous generations to move forward for the next generations to come.
Some of the specific changes seen include:
- Women’s roles in the workplace and the home have changed, but need to continue to change (this will only happen when society moves further forward to equality) and men are also viewed more as part of the family unit than only as a breadwinner.
- Women have more choices (in western society) than previous generations and they should feel free to make those decisions as they see fit, not be pressured to do what is ‘expected’ of them, and this is different for each woman. But along with the choices, a lot of women are choosing to assist women in third world countries to help improve their lives and their families lives.
- Men are taking a more interactive role in their families which will only further benefit future generations, particularly in the making of great men.
- Adults (particularly parents) listen to their kids more than ever before and slowly this will further reduce the number of children that are exposed to predators.
- Adults of today know that there will be very little to no assistance in retirement and they are changing their lives and the way that they work to ensure that they can work for as long as possible and take more breaks to sustain this longevity.
- There are financial services being set up for women specifically to account for the way their work life changes based on family commitments and therefore giving them more choices in the future.
- More roles to be responsible for than previous generations but slowly more services to support this.
- More roles to participate in at work, in the community, in the family.
There will be many more posts that look further into the roles of adults and their lives as this is where there seems to be a lot of stress and stress-related health issues that can be addressed.
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Enjoy your weekend.