The term "quarterlife crisis" has never, ever been more rampant. I've identified with the stage a little in life, but can cautiously (and joyously) admit that I'm not really there anymore. Oh, but lucky for me, apparently there's a pretty solid theory that those that are most at risk are the idealists, who also crave the conventional basics in life like marriage, family and a career. So...neat.
The hopelessness around being unemployed (or unhappily employed) and/or witnessing what feels like every single being around you plan weddings are both huge catalysts for that gnawing feeling in your soul. Being so certain that everyone around you has this definitive, solid sense of direction that you alone are lacking is such an agonizing, isolating feeling. I think most everyone my age has sympathized with the characteristics of the affliction at some point in their 20s... it's hard to pinpoint what exactly each individual really needs to overcome the ache of it all, but lucky for us 20-somethings, people sure love writing about the cure-alls. Here are a couple of great life lists I've stumbled upon lately...
11 things to know at 25(ish).
When sifting around for something totally unrelated last week, I found this fabulous site, which offers a wide range of advice to 20-something women, from the 40-something women who have lived through it all already. I've added it to my reader and really love it already.
What do you think? Have you felt it too?