It has been 19 years since the day Fight Club was released. Almost two decades went by but the movie somehow still has its impacts on people today, especially the millennials aka Gen Y, who reached their adulthood in the early 21st century (the 80s or 90s kids).
So why this 1999 movie still matters??? Because the life lessons this movie delivered have become even more relevant, considering the millennials, the generation is marked with not-so-good brand names such as the Laziest Generation, Snake People, or the Money-Conscious Generations. Even though they are considered to be the core human resource of the current century, the millennials are facing a lot of criticism about their spending habits.
Unlike previous generations namely Gen X and Baby Boomers, millennials have FOMO (fear of missing out). They buy a lot, spend a lot, experience a lot because they are afraid they will miss something great, or just to prove they are not out of the trend. So in case you are stuck in FOMO, let these lessons from Fight Club make up your mind:
1. The things you own end up owning you
“The things you own end up owning you”, remember that line from Fight Club? Well, it’s absolutely true. Taking a car as an example, well, imagine you have a fancy car. That’s awesome. But having a fancy car making you don’t want it to get dirty or scratched, you wash it often, you warn everyone to be careful when they on the car because you don’t want them to do something bad to your fancy car. You are willing to pay more to take care of it and you even change your behaviors toward people about how they “treat” your car.
Then there, look who is the real owner now? It may not true to all the stuff, but it’s true when it comes to certain things you own. And that when the line: “It’s only after we’ve lost everything that we’re free to do anything.” becomes powerful. You are free to do anything you want when you have nothing to lose. Having so much attaches you to many responsibilities.
2. You are not what your material possessions are
There the line “You’re not your job. You’re not how much money you have in the bank. You’re not the car you drive. You’re not the contents of your wallet. You’re not your fucking khakis. You’re the all-singing, all-dancing crap of the world.” Yeah, you are not defined by the brand new iPhone you bought, the all brand clothing you wear, or the car you are driving. Buying high-quality stuff is good but obsessing to buy them all the time and let them define who you are is a problem. You are what you do!
3. There is no such things called “perfect life”
Well, life is not always perfect and it does not have to be. Don’t try to build a perfect image on social media, it can become toxic positivity. You think you can fool people but in fact, you not only fool them, the thing is, you actually fool yourself. Stop being perfect, start being real.
4. In the end we only regret the chance we didn’t take
Say yes to a new adventure is not an easy thing to do but in the meanwhile, it’s not a boring thing to skip either. “This is your life, and it’s ending one minute at a time,” said Tyler Durden.
Somewhere on the internet has the quote “You only live one, but if you live right, once is enough”, that’s sound so inspiring but I would change it to: “You only live once, in case if you live it wrong, be brave to start again, once is always enough to start again”.
And remember, don’t do it because you fear missing out, do it because you want to do it. Don’t do it because everyone is doing it, do it because you always dream of it. Don’t follow the trend, follow your heart. It’s always a good time to say: “Challenging accepted!”.
These above lessons are something I learned from the Fight Club movie but it doesn’t mean I have acquired all the lessons above LOL. Man, it’s easier said than done. I’m a late millennial and I’m still learning how to improve myself.
Good luck to all of us, those millennials!0