As the new year begins, so does a page unfold to a new chapter marking 365 pages of you and what you can do to make the best -and worst- out of this millennial age.
1. Typically, travel.
Be it for a week, six, or 40. Do it.
The notion of traveling abroad brings forth numerous layers to be discovered. Ibn Battuta, a medieval Moroccan traveler and scholar, said that travel leaves you speechless, and then turns you into a storyteller.
As millennials of the 21st century, the world is slowly becoming ours as a whole, where the boundaries and limitations of citizenship no longer stops us from exploring what’s beyond our territorial comfort zone.
Embark on a journey that combines adventure with volunteerism that contributes to the UN’s 2030 agenda of sustainable development, you become what we call in AIESEC, a Global Volunteer.
2. Read more
I know, I know, it’s a typical suggestion often appealing to a few of us especially with the rise of the digital age, where stories go viral or are rather more interesting if they were in video form.
Knowing that millennials live in an an age where they compete to innovate, develop and grow and thus seeking purpose and meaning behind their work, reading comes as their fuel.
So for 2017, read more.
Reading books that range from classic novels, fiction and non-fiction, to political and cultural essays and management magazines, you’ll give yourself a boost in the following categories: self-discovery and self-assessment, memory improvement, smarter decisions, and most importantly less stress.
My personal recommendation:
- The Next 100 Years by George Friedman,
- A Series of Unfortunate Events by Lemony Snicket
3. Participate: Your society, your government, your life.
One of the guiding principles of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights is participation as a fundamental right. Today, movements to empower youth are bigger than ever, especially as the united nations is exerting major effort that includes the Not Too Young to Run campaign, launched by the office of UN Youth Envoy and the UNDP.
In AIESEC, we believe that we must engage young people and decision makers through cross-sector collaboration. Our youth movement is united for positive change. Through the YouthSpeak survey collecting over 160,000 responses, we are able to convert energy into action. We continuously invite youth to voice their opinion and have their voices heard, create an empowered society for positive impact, and develop leadership through the development of their communities.
4. Stay informed
Recent events ranging from the U.S. Elections, Brexit, attacks in Berlin and Istanbul, and the situation in Syria and Yemen amongst so many more atrocities our world faces today has brought forth an unfortunate phantom called ‘fake-news’.
As youth, driven change-makers, citizens of humanity, and most importantly the future of this earth, we have a responsibility to seek and challenge information to better understand the world that we will face every single day.
So choose your channel be it following social media feeds, downloading news apps that send you regular notifications, watching the news on TV or reading your daily local newspaper.
Journalist Rachel Shabi wrote [for Al-Jazeera] that propaganda is a part of war but that the media had been broken, unable to usefully analyze, report or inform.
Why is this important? My personal input is that, to develop leaders that are solution oriented and identify as world citizens, an important step is to stay informed. Because being interested in world issues and showing resilience in the face of challenges requires knowledge that is well-rounded and media that is well-consumed.