Thursday, July 23, 2009

Well, hello, quarterlife crisis!

The quarterlife crisis is a term applied to the period of life immediately following the major changes of adolescence, usually ranging from the early twenties to the early thirties.

feeling "not good enough" because one can't find a job that is at one's academic/intellectual level
frustration with relationships, the working world, and finding a suitable job or career
confusion of identity
insecurity regarding the near future
insecurity concerning long-term plans, life goals
insecurity regarding present accomplishments
re-evaluation of close
interpersonal relationships
disappointment with one's job
nostalgia for
university, college, high school or elementary school life
tendency to hold stronger opinions
boredom with social interactions
loss of closeness to
high school and college friends
financially-rooted stress (overwhelming
college loans, unanticipatedly high cost of living, etc.) loneliness
desire to have children
a sense that everyone is, somehow, doing better than you
frustration with societal ills

I first came to know and hear of the quarterlife crisis from my good bloggy friend Megan. I prided myself on the fact that I hadn't yet stumbled upon the "Quarterlife crisis". Until that fateful day...

aka... yesterday!

I am in the process of purchasing a new car and went to get all my financing handled yesterday. I was sweetly reminded how fast 30 will be approaching and had a slight panic attack. I will be financing my car for 5 years and I'm in no way shape or form good at math, but this was pretty simple to figure out in the head, yep... I'd be 30 when my car is paid off. When the heck did that happen? When I was 20, 30 seemed so far off.

And now that I think of it, I have many of the symptoms above, haha!

So my first quarter-life crisis and I'm sure not the last!

Right Megan?


Becca said...

Oh I totally feel you girl :-) And I basically just feel OLD!

Jacquie said...

Yep, I remember when I used to think 25 was OLD! Then 30 really seemed old. I turned 45 this year... and 50 is "right around the corner". I'm officially old. Enjoy your youth, girl!!

Whitney said...

I'm choosing to walk through the big town of DENIAL in regards to my 30th birthday! Ha!

Lindsey said...

I hear ya!!! Been there!

Megan said...

It hits us when we least expect it!! Just take deep breathes! :-) it will be ok!

Niki said...

Hey, isn't 30 the new 20?? Haha I think 30's will be fun!! Think of it as a more sophisticated adventure!!

yours truly... said...

NO CRISIS!! Celebrate the life you have led, the life you are leading, and all of the wonderful things that life has in store for you!!!

Sneaky Momma said...

How funny! I remember thinking that 30 was ancient! Don't worry, it's not as bad as it seems. :)

a boy a girl and a pug said...

when i read the title of your post i burst out laughing at the quarterlife crisis then as i kept reading i kinda wanna cry...i hear you girl! i'm gonna need someone to hold my hand through the rest of my 20's it's so scary.

Elizabeth said...

I dreaded 30, but it's been kind to me. Enjoy the years left in your 20's, and I promise you'll be glad you did and then enjoy your 30's even more!

Jess said...

Hi! I'm new to your blog (found you via Megan and Emily's blogs).

Anyway, yeah, I completly understand the quarterlife crisis. I'm turning 26 in a month and I'm kind of freaking out about it. That's only 4 YEARS from 30.... it's really stressing me out, lol.

Kendra said...

Girl I know!! 28 snuck up on me for sure =). That's ok, 30 is the new 40! HA!