The road to adulthood isn’t an easy one, and no one ever nails it 100 percent, but these three books sure help.
To be blunt, a lot of crappy things are said about millennials. We’re lazy, we’re entitled, we’re unfit for the workforce—it’s not pretty. In Meg Jay’s The Defining Decade: Why Your Twenties Matter, she argues that many of us flounder because we’ve decided to treat our twenties as the decade that doesn’t really matter. We’ll travel for a while, and figure out the tougher stuff later. We don’t need to make any concrete plans because we have time for that later. Jay proposes that your twenties are essentially a time to lay the groundwork to set yourself up for a happy, successful life, and by not taking full advantage of this decade of growth we are stunting our true potential. While at times it can be hard to digest, I think Jay makes a good point. I think that many millennials, myself included, feel the pressure to choose the “right” path, and Jay is trying to tell us that we don’t need to agonize over the perfect choice, as long as we do something rather than nothing we are making a good choice.