I would say we all have the right to fear a bit that our society does not produce members who have leadership qualities. This is obvious these days, and might be the most frightening issue with where the world has gone.
I agree that we had to face criticism from our family and friends. Now that we are doing it, I think they are jealous and intimidated by it. Many friends can't even take off a couple weeks of their life to come cruise the San Blas. I don't smell that bad, I shower.
It is nice to see that there are others trying to break the mould.
We have friends in every stage of their twenties, some in more affordable areas are getting married, some are still in university, and some are somewhere trying to compete against millions of others to be the next big success. One main theme resonates, they have little assets and live hand to mouth (monthly payments).
Jennie just went back to Vancouver, and she is spending more in gas to get around than I am in moorage and cost of living. Does she need to drive around, not really; but people won't go to visit here they expect her to visit them. Also everyone seems to be running around like chickens with their heads cut off, throwing down money to buy over priced items.
Another issue to consider might be that Gen Y feels that they need to be validated or else they get low self esteem. I see this a lot, and when cruising you don't get a lot of validation. (but thanks Chall03)
. We grew up in a world of constant validation, and have moved into a world of micromanagement. I honestly think the fear of doing something "unprescribed", and therefor unrewarded might be the issue.
I watched the movie "The Aristocrats" and to me it had a very good point. All the comedians loved this joke because it was a process, not a result. It was not a funny joke, and had a horrible punchline. However, they loved saying it because it allowed them to push the barrier and create their own experience with the body, the process. I think Gen Y is too focused on the punchline, and have never known that the journey holds all the value.