So, I googled “quarter-life crisis” just for kicks, and all this stuff came up: books, blogs and even a movie (I’ll be writing a review for the movie soon)! It DOES exist! It’s great to know that it’s not just a fragment of my imagination. It’s also great to know that those who have experienced this period (and survived it) are sharing their wisdom. Please click the “Associated Links” tab under this post for more information on the resources I found (I haven’t read any of the books yet, fyi), and of course, check out some resources for yourself. I wished this topic was more widely discussed. We know about the terrible two’s, the tween years, adolescent dilemmas, and the MID-life crisis, but there isn’t much out there for those of us in our 20’s. Maybe it’s because people assume that it’s a carefree time, but if you REALLY think about it, it indeed comes with its own stressors. Most people graduate from college at around age 21 or 22. That’s just the beginning of the 20’s, and at this beginning, you have to quickly adjust between college life and the workforce. Finding a job is difficult enough, much less finding a job you love that pays well. On top of career dilemmas, people in their 20’s are facing marriage/parenthood (some take on those roles, some are stressed because they aren’t in those roles just yet, and others are getting pressured towards it), spiritual issues, identity issues, changing relationships with parents/or siblings, and just not knowing “what’s the next move.” Moral to the story, it seems like every age group has their own stressors specific to them, and 20-somethings aren’t any different.
6/22/2010 05:50:02 am
I KNOW this process MUCH TO WELL.. I thought it was JUST me.. for a while... but then I talked to u and others around our age, that were longing for SOOO much MORE!!! Young,Single, Christian women, with no kids, and college degrees going through the EAXCT same thing!!! Now you may ask, yourself, now how, does that happen??? hm....*~
7/1/2010 03:42:05 pm
It's weird, it's almost like we've all been brainwashed, haha, by our school most likely!! LOL. Jk about that part, but seriously, I think that doing anything and accumulating wealth was easier in the 50s, capitalism and our economy had plenty of room to grow. Now we are being taught the same american dream that was perfectly acceptable 234234 years ago, and we still want to live in that dream world where everything is possible. It's nice on paper, but realistically the world is so different. Everyone has a college degree now, which devalues it.
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Help! I'm having a "Quarter-Life Crisis"!
What is a "Quarter-Life Crisis", you ask? Well, I'm around 25 and I'm at that stage in life where my "future" personal and career goals are beginning to come into the present...and it's freaking me out lol. Here, I'm sharing my thoughts and experiences as I go through the process of "becoming a real adult".