ICON OF TODAY

Melissa

Jen Of All Trades

Melissa (20) embodies the basic building blocks on which the foundation of her generation is built: authenticity and curiosity. In this edition of Icons of Today, this Jen of all trades reveals how she’s always on a quest to discover new things, hoping to find her true passion in life.

Generation representation

With her love for modelling, dancing, fashion, painting, music and general creativity, Melissa is the perfect representation of her generation. She’s always on the lookout to discover new things and to pursue newly-found passions, such as learning to play the electric guitar: “This is something that I’ve wanted to learn forever, and I finally decided that there’s no time like the present. I was able to borrow a guitar from a friend of mine, I can’t wait to get started.”

Being the quintessential Jen of all trades that she is, Melissa indicates that she has many ambitions and lifegoals. Many things she would like to do and discover and learn. To her, it’s paramount to always be on the lookout for new experiences and to constantly keep reinventing herself in the hopes of finding her true passions in life.

“I think it’s important to always discover new things and find out where your true passion lies.”

Different = beautiful

When asked to describe today’s generation in a single word, she quickly came up with the word “authentic”. Everyone is different, and these differences are beautiful to her, because they mean that you are and can be your most authentic self – who you are on the inside. It’s no surprise that she’s very pleased to see that her peers are encouraging and celebrating these differences, much more than previous generations have.

“Take my 30-year-old sister, for example. She’s only now starting her journey of self-discovery and finding out what her true passion in life is. Before, she was too concerned with what our parents would think of her choices and what society expected from her. Of course, it’s great that she’s finding herself now, but it would have been even more great if she’d started this journey 10 years ago.”

According to Melissa, the New Generation is much more concerned with personal growth and being the best version of yourself. That’s why she believes that we should all stop following the herd and march to the beat of our own drum. Or guitar. Everyone should try to follow their own path in pursuing their happiness and passions, and the way they want to live their lives. And if you’re not sure what your passion is yet, go out and explore! You’ll find it…