To put what’s happening now in perspective. It is frightening, worrying, it has delayed life. But…the second world war broke out when my mother was 11, and ended when she was 17. She described a time when the Doodlebug rockets were being employed against the British. You would hear the whine of an engine, and if it stopped just behind you, you knew it was coming down close to you, and you were probably dead.
From the troops fighting at the front, to the children evacuated from the cities, to the public hiding in bomb shelters, or being killed in their own homes, much of the world was under siege, much of the world was frightened, and much of it was wondering if it would ever end. For my grandparents it was the second world war of their generation.
How does this help young people today?
It helps because they were no braver than you, no more capable than you, had you been alive in those days you would have coped too. You would still have gone out and about, still have gone to school. You would have met friends, gone to parks, and probably volunteered for the armed forces when you were old enough. Don’t let anyone tell you otherwise.
You, though, are facing a double problem. Firstly, you have something hard to deal with and face, something that’s put your life on hold, which is never easy. It may have put your family into financial crisis, your parents may be struggling to feed you, your education has been disrupted or put on hold. Many people are very concerned at the moment, and for those struggling with their mental health there is an added burden to be carried.
Your second problem, as if that weren’t sufficient, is that the media are having a field day calling you “The Lost Generation”, suggesting that your future’s have been ruined by this current situation, as if there is no way forward for you. It’s absolute, complete and utter rubbish.
Universities take mature students of all ages, at my first university 40% of the students were over 30 years old. Colleges will take you if you take another year to get where you want to be. Exam results don’t count anywhere near as much as the person you are and the resourcefulness you show, they’re just a starting point. Employers will recognise what you’ve been through, because those old enough to employ you will probably have children of their own.
The rest of your life is up to you. What you do. How you act. How willing you are to pick yourself up, dust yourself off, and start all over again. That’s the key thing, if one door closes will you open another? I wish someone had told me when I was young that I had that phenomenal power in my life!
A bit about the Law of Attraction
Many of you may have heard of this, it’s a belief system that says that the universe is full of abundance in all good things. That there’s enough money and success for everyone. That you can achieve all your dreams and more. That all those things are within your power.
That’s it in a nutshell but there is more to it.
It’s basis is mindset. The first rule is to make sure you’re always thinking about what you do want and not what you don’t.
Right now, don’t think about how your education has been interrupted, see yourself in the future really happy and successful, driving a great car, living in a lovely house, smiling from ear-to-ear all day and hold that vision. The best part of it is that you don’t have to know how those things will come about, you only need to know that it will.
You’ll be familiar with the term vibe, as in vibration. If you send out a good vibe into the future you will get a good vibe back. If you’re not sure about all this and it’s the first time you’ve heard about it, read up on manifestation and the Law of Attraction, if you really like reading then search on the “12 Spiritual Laws”.
You will also find that some very successful people believe in the Law of Attraction, and that a good vibe works. You will also discover that they’ve been knocked down and knocked down hard. Steve Jobs, who started Apple, had the company taken away from him, then he started Pixar, the animation company, and made that a huge success. Then Apple had to ask him to come back because they weren’t doing so well without him. There are so many stories like this.
Read up on it, see if it feels interesting to you.
Time for earmuffs or earpods
Something I wish I’d been taught was that I define my life, I am the power in my life, I am allowed to live my life happily, and I can create the changes I want.
I suggest with all my heart that you close your ears to all talk of what you can’t do, how your future is being affected, how you’re the lost generation. You are not. You’re a generation who will rise above this situation, who will move beyond it, and who will have many many years and many many opportunities to create the life of your dreams, on your own terms.
When one door closes…
There are thousands more that can open.
To your happiness and a great future