Last week, I read an article discussing the 6 things millennials bring up most in therapy. Most of the concerns center around fears – namely, fear of disappointment and fear of not measuring up. Ultimately, the list provides fears that could largely be generalized to suit concerns of any generation, however, one stuck out as being particularly relatable and directly correlated to millennial culture. The concept of sharing your life with the world while likewise consuming digital content appears to be generating a sense of helplessness. Between breaking news of gun violence, political turmoil, sexual abuse allegations, and beyond, the most active generation on social media – millennials – is overwhelmed with negative news and leaves them feeling both demoralized and in sought of restitution for themselves or a greater culture robbed of happiness.
The past few months, I’ve been vaguely sharing some health obstacles on my social media accounts. A few weeks ago, some of my symptoms were the worst they’ve been to date. I stayed home from work because of how I felt and watched the morning news. Two teenagers had been murdered in my small town as the result of being caught in gun crossfire not intended for them. A mother shot her own son in the arm to stop him from committing suicide. Local food banks are begging for donations after seeing record highs in requests and records lows in contributions. I took to social media with both my health concerns and worldly frustrations, but was finally not presented with matched sentiments of hopelessness. I asked my followers to send me happy things happening in their lives, small bright spots they hadn’t planned on sharing with the world.
After a short nap, I woke up to my Instagram inbox flooded with messages celebrating amazing milestones and small everyday wins. Pictures of pets sleeping, kids in Halloween costumes, news of new jobs, getting a sought-after sweater on sale, freshly hung holiday décor appeared in message after message. Further, messages of compassion, understanding, and others detailing the same struggles and frustrations. We often take to social media to paint a pristine picture of our lives or to seek solidarity in negativity. We sometimes forget that our bright spots and mundane quietly celebrated actions can really build a culture of solidarity stronger than forging community over grievances.
My bright spot of the week is working with Basic Invite to share their holiday cards and holiday dinner party invitations. I send out holiday cards almost every year and it has become quite a routine, uncelebrated task. Working with Basic Invite to design the perfect card, include special pictures, and renew the tradition of receiving mail in such a digital world is definitely one of my small wins this week. Below, check out the custom samples I received before deciding on and ordering my favorite. Whether you’re sending a Christmas party invitation or simply a message of thanks and happy holidays, Basic Invite has you covered.
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