Sometimes I feel younger than I actually am. Could I be thinking like the Millennial generation?

Specifically:

– Working for enjoyment not necessarily advancement or a big salary.

– Preferring a slower pace of life to loads of activity.

– Enjoying the quiet moments in life.

– Dreading when the phone rings and preferring email instead.

– Taking time to smell the roses.

– Enjoying board games.

The London Evening Standard‘s ES Magazine had a feature in their May 15, 2015, issue: ‘How slow can you go?’ by Richard Godwin (pp. 17-18).

Godwin tells us that Londoners are the fourth fastest walkers in the world but that some Millennials are opting out and rebelling by taking life easier.

There is now a board game café in London where the younger generation gathers to have a friendly beer and play draughts (checkers, for my American readers).

These men and women have grown up with various incarnations of video games and, quite frankly, have tired of them.

Similarly, they are spending fewer hours online. The Internet detracts from their leisure time.

Slow-drip coffee is replacing espresso in establishments which Millennials frequent.

The BBC caught up with the slow trend to bring us Slow TV earlier this year:

A two-hour canal trip down one of Britain’s historic waterways, an hour of uninterrupted birdsong and a close-up, real-time examination of the making of a glass jug are among the “deliberately unhurried” programmes beginning on BBC4 on Sunday.

The season of programmes is intended as an antidote to the digital age, reflecting a recent Scandinavian TV phenomenon that can be traced back to the earliest days of film.

Cassian Harrison, the editor of BBC4, said: “We are so used to the conventional grammar of television in which everything gets faster and faster, we thought it would be interesting to make something that wasn’t continually shouting at you and coming up with the next climactic moment.”

It was highly popular and it seems the broadcaster is planning another series.

Of course, there is also Slow Food, although that movement started with an earlier generation back in 1989. Italian Carlo Petrini and his friends — old enough to have Millennial children — have seen Slow Food expand worldwide.

When it comes to work, Millennials are looking for careers rather than jobs. They will accept lower pay if they are doing something they enjoy. They are also looking for flexibility in employment — unconventional hours and overseas postings.

It seems to be a Western thing, however. PwC Global conducted a survey of their own younger employees on the topic of work-life balance:

PwC’s NextGen study also uncovered similarities and differences among Millennial employees around the world. For example, Millennial workers in each participating PwC office aspire to have greater work/life balance, but the issue appears to be less of a priority among workers in the East region (Pacific nations) than in other parts of the world.

Older generations criticise Millennials for being lazy. However, the glut of university degrees actually devalues further education, making it difficult to get on the career ladder. Without a decent-paying job, it then becomes hard to move out of the family home into one’s own abode. Having enough money to marry and raise children responsibly in these circumstances is also an issue.

So, it is no wonder that Millennials are living life in the slow lane — whilst playing the waiting game.

That said, in response to a contentious article in Elite Daily and the ensuing explosive comments, reader Brad Cahill said that every generation goes through the same thing in terms of time:

It ticks at the same speed for everybody… and you’ll get your turn too. The notion that any particular generation is in any way better than another is absurd. All meet with their own challenges indigenous to their lifespans. Neither good nor bad… it all simply is. Relax and do your best… that’s it.

Sound advice. Unfortunately, he was told that he was too old to know what he was talking about!

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