I noticed you weren’t steaming the milk with the same vigor this morning. In fact, you didn’t swish my coffee mug enthusiastically as you filled it up, the half and half is empty, and the dishpan is a mess of piled porcelain. I can only deduce that you’ve been reading books or listening to podcasts where successful entrepreneurial older white men are telling Millennials like yourself to fulfill your dreams and to pursue your passions, and now this cafe isn’t cutting it for you.
Stop it. Stop listening to them. Stop dreaming. STOP and listen to me.
It’s clear to me that these experts have found a way to exploit your generation’s obsession with following your passions and pursuing your dreams. I mean, you could try to do these things, but I assure you that this will only result in more news stories and advice columns chastising you for being the world’s most selfish, narcissistic, unrealistic generation. Besides, you will most likely fail at pursuing your passions, so why even bother any way?
I know the business entrepreneurs, gurus, and “ninjas” are telling you to quit your job and pursue your dream and that it worked out for them and “why not you?” Well, here’s the thing: that was OK for them. They weren’t selfish, unrealistic Millennials raised on the hollow promises of a purple dinosaur telling them they were special. They are realistic, generous, and non-stereotypical Gen X’ers and Baby Boomers. I mean, look at them! These business experts left stable incomes to make thousands of dollars telling dissatisfied people how to be like them! That’s about as selfless as it gets! You, on the other hand, are an entitled, starry-eyed egomaniac who can only think about getting what you want… and then taking a selfie when you get it.
Look, serving coffee is a pretty great gig. It’s better than breathing in toxic dust in a mine, losing a finger in a factory, or skimming slag in a steel mill. Do you know how bad a selfie turns out in a mine when you’re wearing a headlamp? Can you imagine texting without a few fingers?
Right, you can’t imagine any of this. You can only imagine sitting in a palace where servants snap selfies for you and money magically appears in your bank account every time you tweet. At least some of you tweet as if that’s what happens.
So here’s my advice:
Don’t take any risks.
Don’t set aside time for self-reflection or prayer.
Don’t ask friends for advice or counsel.
Don’t read any books about things that interest you.
Don’t consider going back to school.
Don’t seek out mentors who could help guide you.
Don’t pursue any kind of professional training.
Don’t learn how to manage your own business.
Don’t downsize your possessions.
Don’t find a more affordable place to live.
Don’t change how you eat or what you buy when you go out.
Don’t cancel your cable service or limit your mobile data usage.
Don’t even think about trading your car for a bike or public transit.
Don’t look for a flexible job that can pay the bills while you try something new.
Give up on your dreams and passions. Stop paying attention to that nagging feeling that you should try something else for your career. These are just trademarks of your selfish entitled generation. The people who came before you could ask those questions and take those risks, but that’s because they weren’t Snapchatting with their shirts off and Instagramming their meals.
Your generation is a lost cause. Take a good look around this coffee shop. I hope you like it. This is probably as good as it’s going to get. Every other generation had the ability to consider ways to advance themselves, to escape the drudgery of cubicles, and to build a career of their own choosing. That stops with you.
You Millennials don’t get to make the same choices as previous generations because you’re not just self-absorbed, you’ve painstakingly documented your selfishness in unique ways that no older generation can replicate or relate to. We can hide our own self-centeredness and avarice behind your massive social media profiles as we convict you of being the worst generation ever.
And if you want your tip to stay at $.50, I suggest you “chop chop” and fill that half and half when I’m ready for a refill. Now if you’ll excuse me, I have a number of freelance writing projects to work on with that cup of coffee you just poured. Pursuing my dreams of becoming a writer takes a lot of caffeine, and I need you Millennials to keep serving it.
For further reading on this topic from a non-sarcastic perspective:
Do you prefer sarcasm? Check out this related post from my previous blog:
Millennials Need to Know Church Must Be Boring and Irrelevant
10 thoughts on “Millennials Should Give Up Their Dreams and Serve Me Coffee”
Oh… you were being sarcastic? LOL
My hope for everyone, not just one generation, is to find joy in serving others while pursuing passions with abandon… being faithful in little things when given or pursuing greater things.
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Now there’s a whole other dimension to this discussion! Learn to be faithful in the little things where God has called you and wait for God to show the next step, whether big or small! There’s a lot to dig into there!
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You are my favorite.
I’m honored. Thanks!
Haha! LOVE this. As a former Barista (not that I didn’t love that job and actually adore making espresso beverages…really, it still goes down as one of my favourite jobs ever), I can tell you that you 100% nailed the prevailing attitude towards Millennials, or pretty much anyone younger and “less successful”–from their perspective–than the people with this attitude.
I also loved my job at a Borders books where I served coffee and found books for people. Thanks so much for your kind words. It’s a lose/lose at times for our Millennial friends!
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Ed, After rreading about Millenials I’m concerned. At 82 years, does that make me a preMillenial?
I referenced this in one of my posts about success and money recently. I’m one of the few excited, innovative young people in a public service profession that mostly runs in old thinking. It’s really funny how the people who tell you to be patient and continue being a good little servant are the ones who got their six figure jobs through a friend, and never had to work like the rest of us. They’re also the ones who will look down on you for requesting a raise when your job grows tenfold, because public service is not about money. Tell that to the person who cares, but is having trouble making ends meet! Seriously.
This is flawless and I love it and you and this needs to be published everywhere.
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