Older people love to call millennials lazy and entitled. Well guys, we can officially add Martha Stewart to our list of haters. Earlier this week, Martha revealed that she is of the belief that millennials lack "initiative." In an interview with Luxury Listings ostensibly about "trying to connect with millennials," Martha dropped this quote:
I think every business is trying to target millennials. But who are millennials? Now we are finding out that they are living with their parents. They don’t have the initiative to go out and find a little apartment and grow a tomato plant on the terrace.
And this one:
I got married at 19 and I immediately got an apartment and I fixed it up. I was very proud of everything I did. I got the furniture at auctions for pennies. Beautiful furniture. My apartments were lovely and homey and comfortable.
Well, I'm coming to my generation's defense. Here are four reasons we're not as lazy as Martha Stewart would have you believe.
1. We want more out of life than tomato plants.
According to this interview, Martha's definition of success is getting married at 19 and rushing out to "find a little apartment and grow a tomato plant on the terrace."
Okay, first of all, Martha, I live in New York City. Do you have any idea how expensive an apartment with a terrace would be? Second of all, you got married at 19! You were so little! We have things we want to do first. We want to build our careers. We want to make things. We want to change the world. There will be plenty of time to settle down and grow tomatoes later.
2. We're passionate about the things we love.
When millennials love something, they love it with everything they've got. Let Martha watch a group of twenty-somethings try to track down a Pikachu on Pokémon Go and still say we lack "initiative." We're all running through the streets like a bunch of yahoos!
Millennials are passionate, even about dumb things like video games. You can call us crazy or childish, but in my book, it's okay and it's important to get excited about the things you love. This applies to all aspects of life (careers, relationships, etc.), but especially to Pokémon.
3. We make sacrifices to get what we want.
Martha seems to have a big problem with millennials who stay at home past the tender age of 19, but my guess is that most of those people are choosing to stay at their parents' house a little longer so they can afford to survive while they either take a low level job in the field they really want to work in or work a low-paying day job while they pursue something creative. No one still wants to be at their parents' house in their twenties, Martha!
And while she does acknowledge the "economic circumstances out there are very grim," she doesn't seem to understand that no one enjoys explaining to their dad that the strange man he ran into in the kitchen this morning was last night's Tinder date!
But sometimes you need to make sacrifices now to get to where you want to be later.
4. We follow our dreams.
Everyone wants to have a fulfilling career that makes us happy, but millennials are notoriously stubborn about it (in a good way). We don't like to settle, and I don't think there's anything wrong with that.
Sorry for wanting to make a living doing something we love, Martha. Blame it on our lousy, supportive parents who told us we could be anything we wanted to be. We believed them.