Millennials: Everyone wants to define us, but we’re rarely given the chance to describe ourselves.
The older generation thinks we’re all just lazy, overprivileged children, and they love sharing that quote about “smart phones and dumb people.”
We’re known to be disconnected from the world we live in, yet somehow free-spirited at the same time (Hey, if anyone can do it, it's us.)
While some of what they say might be true, we’re way beyond the comprehension of any geezer with something to say about “Gen-Y.”
People love taking what we do and say out of context, which often leads to us being misunderstood, even by each other.
But even if you feel like the world is trying fit you, the square peg, into the proverbial round hole, the world needs to hear your opinion.
You’re going to change the world some day, but where should you start? Without losing any sleep, you can have an impact on your world every day.
If you’ve seen the video of Bernie Sanders dancing to "Hotline Bling," then you know it’s officially election season here in the states. And while you may have to leave your house to do the actual voting, registering to vote is as simple as logging on to a website.
It may sound simple, but that civic duty thing is pretty important.
This primary season has gotten more attention than any other, so not participating would be worse not watching the premier of "The Bachelor."
Plus, if you get an absentee ballot, you won’t have to go farther than your mailbox to let your voice be heard.
Don’t miss out; this is ‘Murica and we’re #blessed to be able to change our government.
2. Shop the App Store
OK, so this one is a little misleading.
We all know that running is a hobby that literally takes blood, sweat, tears and definitely a lot of effort.
But if for some reason, you’re one of those crazy fit people who likes to run for purposes other than getting to the front of the Starbucks line, you can actually donate to charity while you do it.
Charity Miles maps your run, walk or bike ride, and donates 25 cents for every mile walked or ran and 10 cents for every mile biked.
If you’re going to run, you might as well change the world while you do it.
Also, if you think about it, you probably have at least 2,000 photos on your iPhone and somewhere close to 16 billion on your computer.
I’m sure you’d be alright with donating at least one of those many selfies through the Donate a Photo app.
For every photo uploaded, Johnson & Johnson donates $1 to a charity you choose.
Who said our generation was self(ie)-centered?
3. Get Mavy
Imagine holding a megaphone to the ear of a CEO of a large corporation, and letting him or her know exactly what you want and deserve.
You actually might deafen some old guy, so let me clue you in on a better approach.
There is, in fact, an easier way to go about changing the world, one opinion at a time.
Let me introduce you to MAVY. It’s is an online community for Millennials to channel our individual voices to represent the collective identity of our generation.
It allows companies to hear our opinions, and use them to modify how they market their brands to reflect our attitudes, preferences and distinctive lifestyles.
If you’re accepted to become a member, your thoughts will directly influence the next big campaigns that the industry puts out.
When you say jump, the companies ask, “how high?”
So say goodbye to misused hashtags, and #hello to making a difference in the world.
If you’d like to find out more about how to use your voice for something besides singing Adele in the shower, check out MAVY.