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What the Future Holds (From the Perspective of Two 30-Year-Olds)

I am a certified health coach specializing in recovery coaching, mindfulness coaching, and health coaching. I work with all attachments including substance, codependency, and food ...Read More

I have been wanting to write about life from young peoples perspective but did not want to make any assumptions based on what I see as a 60 year old. I decided to sit down with my 30 year old son and his wife to see how they felt about the future in general. I was surprised by their response. I was expecting a pretty depressing account of life from their perspective because times are so hard for everyone these days.

What I heard from both of them was that the days of the thriving middle class are over. They have accepted this fact and are devising ways to deal with it. I did not find them to be morose or victimized by the changes since the 50’s when I grew up because of course, they have no memory of those days.

They are in acceptance of the fact that it is rare that they go out for dinner, or buy new clothes. They have prioritized their purchases in terms of IPhones, computers with high speed internet and video games like Wii. The idea of paid vacations or even vacations at all are not in their realm of possibility, but they don’t begrudge the fact.

They are both self employed because they don’t feel that they can make enough money to live working for a company or corporation even with both of them working. They don’t expect paid health insurance, retirement plans, or even the possibility of Social Security when they are of age for that.

Since they have nothing to compare it to they are generally hopeful and happy that their circumstances are improving and will continue to improve. They also reported that they and their friends are happy about the bursting of the housing bubble because for the first time, buying a house is now within the realm of possibility.

When I grew up, I heard about the hard times of the depression that people the age of my parents had to live through. My children hear a very different report about the 50’s when I grew up when only one person in the family had to work, when vacations and retirement were taken care of and when health care was affordable. They see those times as a blip and these times as the norm.

It was a very eye opening chat.

If you are thirty five or younger, I would very much like to hear your perspective on this.

Be well.

Keep Reading By Author Michele Happe, MA, Certified Health Coach
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