Answers From a Millennial: Why Don’t You Just Move?

I’ve seen this question a lot lately. In the comments of every article discussing the challenges my generation faces, people ask: why don’t you just move? Why don’t you just follow the jobs? Bonus points if the commenter is or knows someone who’s done it and is making six figures and Everything Is Awesome!

I can answer that question, or at least part of it.

In my last year of undergrad, I asked myself a lot of questions. I had a lot of decisions to make. What was I going to do? Where was I going to live? What sort of job should I look for? Big questions, with big answers.

I wanted to do something I loved. (What, exactly?) I wanted to live in a beautiful city. (Which city?) I wanted a job that had something to do with one or both or the areas I spent four years studying. (What job?)

Four years previously, I asked and answered similar questions. I could have gone to school anywhere in the world. Why Western Kentucky University? Ultimately, the answers to those questions were similar to and influenced the questions I asked myself four years later.

My family. I love my family, and I wanted them to be a part of my life. I was there the day my nephew was born– and I wanted to keep being there.

My city. Louisville is not only my hometown, but it’s also a great city. I’ve done some traveling–and Louisville is still the best.

You don’t have to tell a Millennial that a good job is important. We know. Some of us need that fresh start that moving to a new place for a job provides. But overall, my generation isn’t one to simply accept the world as it is and mold ourselves to it. We’re aiming higher. We’re going to change the world. And what better place to start than right at home? What better place to make a big change, to start a business, to do Something Good, than the place we know as well as we know ourselves, the place with our support network?

Home.

We know what’s important. We’re not a generation that’s going to run all over the globe chasing dollars. Dollars help things, as we are well aware–having gone without–but what we’re going to do is more in line with the dreams and idealism Millennials are also known and criticized for.

Dreams start small, and they grow–and they start at home.

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About Brittany-Ann
Brittany-Ann is a proud, self-identified feminist with fictional tendencies. She currently writes for LouisvilleKY.com and moderates at My Fault I'm Female. She smokes camels, reads Dumas, and navigates a conservative state as "one of them darn liberals."

5 Responses to Answers From a Millennial: Why Don’t You Just Move?

  1. Mikel says:

    It’s priorities. If you want to be there for your family, chasing around the globe for the great job is not going to help you with that. And I agree, Louisville is a great city to live.

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  3. n8chz says:

    Do you think your generation is under an inappropriate amount of pressure to self-employ, or do the entreprenoorship thing? I’m scared shitless by that trend in expectations placed on he individual (level of risk tolerance, competition tolerance, etc.), but I’m much older than you. Perhaps people your age thrive on that sort of thing?

    • Brittany-Ann says:

      I don’t think it’s any sort of overt pressure. What do you do, though, when you’re young in a recession, and full of dreams and ideas and ambitions? You start something. Maybe a business. Or perhaps a non-profit.

      What I’d say, because it’s been my experience, and those of others I know, is that you have that shitty entry-level (or whatever) job you have to pay bills, and on your off time is when you work on your business/non-profit/project.

  4. Z says:

    I am much older, in late part of baby boom, and I have always followed jobs not family or places. Have pretty much had to due to nature of profession and job market. There are things one gains from this but also things one loses; I like living in a place, developing a relationship with it and relationships in it. This doesn’t have to do with “being near family” — just with living in a community. I’d like to have been able to choose by landscape and urban feel where I lived a bit more, instead of just by job.

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