Life

Quarter Life Crisis

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That’s assuming I’ll live to 100 … and jumping the gun a bit because I won’t have my 25th birthday for a little over half a year.

The other day I woke up in a rush. I put on some clothes, brushed my teeth, threw on some primer, base and mascara (I don’t care how rushed I am… I am NOT skipping this step) and popped the travel coffee mug under the keurig.

I stared down at my fat chocolate lab, sleeping away on her rug.

“Gosh, I wish I had your life.”

Keurig done, I snatched my mug and clunked out the door in shiny stilettos. I then proceeded to cry on my way to work because as my dog slept the day away, I had to wipe dribbles of coffee out of my car cup holder while questioning what I was supposed to do with my life and if I was EVER going to feel like myself again.

I think I’m having a quarter life crisis.

Freaking twenties.

Man, I wish I could bring back my smug undergrad college self who knew all the answers.

Did you know there’s a website dedicated to this topic? It’s http://www.quarterlifecrisis.com and it defines my current predicament as “a period of anxiety, uncertainty and inner turmoil that often accompanies the transition to adulthood.”

Adulthood? Hey now, I thought I was already an adult. My hips have finally come in (yay faster running times!).

But unfortunately in today’s society adulthood is based on more than just human physiology. It takes longer to reach the traditional “adult” markers such as financial independence and starting a family. The average American job hops 8 times before they turn 32.

EIGHT?! Oh dear me! I can’t wait for all the more to come!

And, U.S. News & World Report published in a Nov. 2014 article that the average college graduate accumulates almost $30,000 in debt (EEK! Definitely glad I had a scholarship). On top of all that, the 2013 U.S. Census Bureau revealed the average age to get married is now 27 for women, 29 for men.

All things considered, I can see how it takes longer to become an “adult” adult.

Still, what’s a girl suppose to do when balancing a checkbook, buying groceries, washing 3dishing, cleaning your room, finishing up papers for a postgraduate degree, looking for that next job, exercising and putting together outfits to intentionally appear as if you are not having a quarter life crisis are all UNBEARABLY DEBILITATING???

Well, I’m 99.9% sure a new pair of shoes will solve everything.

But no, I think it’s becoming proactive. How do you eat an elephant? One bite at a time. Focus and perform those short-term goals that can be accomplished today. No one has the answer—not your parents, not your friends, not books, not society and certainly not me. Focus on how to best use the time God has given you. And, as I know from repeated experience, don’t think too far ahead. You’ll get stuck.

Now if only I could take my own advice.

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