So I had my first Instagram question Poll yesterday! Yes, I’m a millennial with an old soul (and still trying to catch up on all these new features on social media- no judging!) Anyway, here was my question: “would you say that life as we know it now is more depressing than it was for generations before us?”
At the end of the day, I had 50% who said yes and another 50% that said no. I’d like to open this up for discussion. Get your comments ready!
I’m trying to understand why life is more depressing for us, when it should be better, given all the changes we’ve had across history.
Money: this generation seems to be a lot more broke than generations before us! I mean, I used to pity my mom when she’d mention her first salary back then, but now I realize that the money then still had a lot of value. So even though we’re earning more than that, we seem to still be broke with zero assets! 🤷🏽♀️ Not to mention the economic opportunities that have been opened up to us.
Family and friends: to think we have technology to facilitate communication, somehow we still end up lonely in our beds at night, clasping the cold metal of our phones and chatting with online friends who we can’t touch. Wondering how many likes we can get on a photo to feel good about ourselves. Back then, families and communities would unite to share folk tales under the moonlight. People reached out and felt each other— but now it’s like ‘leave me alone!’ Individualism vs community I guess? 💁🏽♀️
Technology: again, shouldn’t this make our lives better? But why are we rather more depressed trying to catch up with technological advancements (iPhone 11 is out!), having anxiety that our jobs would soon be replaced by robots, not to mention vices like cyber bullying, identity theft etc which have been made easier by technology. Technology; a blessing or a curse? (We’ve heard enough of those debates)
Knowledge: with more information literally at our fingertips, we’re still lost on a lot of things. A little here and there with little or no command over a subject matter. In a pool of knowledge, we still have a lot of people who are not knowledgeable.
Faith: even though Christianity was entwined with colonialism back then, now we have the freedom of choice. But with that freedom comes a lot of questioning, uncertainties, a loss of belief in anything, and sometimes nothing to stay alive for. Because somehow, in the midst of all the difficulty they faced, having hope in something beyond was what helped them keep going on. If one believes in nothing, life then loses meaning.
These are a few of my thoughts. I believe life is more depressing today. I still struggle with anxiety and depression, and to be honest, I haven’t been having my best week. And that’s just me! Many people are dealing with things they don’t talk about. But here we are again, trying to stay alive. Here’s a word that helps me in times like this:
When you go through deep waters, I will be with you. When you go through rivers of difficulty, you will not drown. When you walk through the fire of oppression, you will not be burned up; the flames will not consume you.”- Isaiah 43:2 NLT
That said, there’s always gonna be fire that wants to burn us, waters that want to drown us, but we can’t let that happen. We can’t give up because life has gotten more depressing. It’s up to us to make life how we want it to be. To keep trusting the One who created us to see us through our lifetime.
Today is World Mental Health Day, and I hope this post helps you understand that you’re not in this fight alone to stay alive. And for those who can’t relate to this, try to be a little kinder to the people around you. Together we will make the choice everyday to keep living, and to live victoriously!