The idea of a quarter-life crisis seems like a relatively new idea but it’s not. I feel that since life is lived in such a public way because of social media, we see this more often. Honestly, one of the reasons I love the movie Reality Bites was because you get to see them struggling and showing how life isn’t so easy. It’s not the easiest place to be. We’re supposed to be adults with responsibilities but we don’t feel like we know what we’re doing.
That’s what gets us to a quarter-life crisis. There’s so much uncertainty and we’re not supposed to show it because then people will look down on us. It’s a stressful situation to be in. So let’s talk about quarter-life crises.
So what exactly is a quarter-life crisis?
Well, this can mean different things for people. Essentially it’s a time in your twenties where you start questioning life. Are you in the right job? Are you friends with the right people? The questions keep going. Our twenties are always painted as such a fun, freeing time in our lives, but there are people that expect us to make big life decisions, sometimes decisions we’re not really prepared to answer. It’s the most uncertain time in our lives. We think about what we have done or haven’t done and wonder how it will affect our future.
What can we do?
Don’t fret. Yes, that’s easier said than done. But you know when you panic, everything gets tenser. (Read Matthew 6:25-34, so helpful) Find someone wise who gets it to talk to. There’s a lot of people out there that may think you’re overreacting or not understand that this is a serious state of mind, so find someone that can give you genuine advice. But it’s very important to take a second to regroup (in whichever way you prefer, I love trips) and just gather your thoughts. Sometimes we get here because we want to rush life and see it speeding by us, but we really have to stop and see what it is we want. People may think it’s counterproductive but do what makes you focus and what can get you on track.
What do you think of this? Have you ever felt it? Let me know your thoughts!