How many responsible and driven young adults are out there, just looking for a place where they can work, receive some guidance, and enjoy life? What I mean is, in an ideal world, our parents and teachers are supposed to provide us with emotional support and guidance, help us realize our personal dreams, and ultimately become the adults we want to be; and yet, too often, they can’t fulfill these responsibilities. Sometimes they’re not invested enough. Sometimes they just don’t know what else is out there… And other times, their hearts are really in the right place, but out of fear or just plain unwillingness to look outside the box, they fail in this role. Isn’t there someone or something out there that can fill in for them when this happens? If there’s not, shouldn’t we put it in place? Guidance for young adults? An impartial network of life coaches, career counselors, and psychologists throughout the nation, perhaps the world, who can talk us through our individual goals, the steps we might take to reach these goals, places we can live, jobs we can do, etc. etc. in the hopes that we can each build a life to be proud of and ultimately, carry these lessons on to equip the younger generations in building a collaborative and self-sustaining community?
Take me, for example. I’m creative, empathetic, hard-working, and I love a challenge. I’ve just left my job of two years and I’m looking for my place. Do I want a steady job or do I want freelance gigs to pay the bills and take each day as it comes? Do I want to stay in New York, or do I want to move? And if I want to move, is it to the West Coast, or is it internationally? Do I want to go back to school? I think I want to go back to school… And if so, do I want to study web design and technology or something that directly pertains to establishing and running a nonprofit? I’m going to have to make these decisions for myself, but what if there were a network – individuals to weigh in on the cost of living in Santa Barbara, alternative locations that might fit my geographical preferences, the best way to travel with a large dog AND a cat, the pros and cons of going back to school, ways to make freelancing work for me…
I guess I’m suggesting a collective of some sort, where we, as caring and invested individuals, take responsibility for guiding and exposing one another to things outside our norm.
- People willing to share what they know
- Community houses where one might try living before fully committing to moving somewhere
- Apprenticeships where we can try our hand at a career before taking out tens of thousands of dollars in loans… only to find that it’s not quite what we thought
Yes, I sound idealistic.
But don’t you think your experiences might help someone else? Don’t you know incredible people from whom others might also be able to learn? Aren’t you eager to learn? Experience new things? Wouldn’t that be easier with a community of supporters and mentors at your fingertips?