Just when I got to a point in my life that I thought there was nothing left to shock me or leave me scratching my head, I wake up this morning and while perusing my morning reading list, I came across an article on LinkedIn entitled, Quarter Life Crisis, You Are Not Alone.
This falls under the “scratching my head” category.
The article is a compilation of several viewpoints about the stresses of being in your mid-twenties- early 30’s. Having three daughters that fit loosely in that range, I will choose my comments very, very carefully.
The page starts off with, “According to a LinkedIn research, 75% of 25-33 year olds have experienced a quarter-life crisis, often related to feeling as if they were at a crossroads in their career”
Crossroads of their career? It seems to this old man, still struggling to get his arms around his white privilege, that this is one of the results of years of no one being cut, giving trophies just for showing up and being told that 2+2=5, if you think it does.
It wasn’t too long ago that members of that age group were working hard to become competent in their trade/profession and often investing long hours to get noticed and grow in their career.
Here is a sub-article, 15 Signs You’re Having a Quarter-Life Crisis.
As I read the ensuing comments, I was pleased to see some mature, common sense as evidenced by this comment by Kim Roach, which sums it up nicely.
Not sure this is an actual crisis. Sounds like it’s just life. I think a mid-life crisis or a quarter-life crisis (or whatever you want to call it) is just an opportunity for growth. Just depends on how you define it. People throughout history have experienced just as much anxiety / challenges. But instead of posting about it on social media, they just got to work on fixing it. Whatever action that may require. About the only time that we won’t be experiencing challenges is when we’re dead, so I say bring it on!
It’s nice to know I’m not the only one scratching my head this morning.
Mea Culpa: (and sounding like my father thirty years ago)
Sorry kids, we blew it. We should have done a better job of teaching you that before you can be a gracious winner, it helps to learn how to be a good loser. It also may have helped if you had heard the word “no” more often. Lastly, even though you wouldn’t appreciate it yet, we should have been more concerned about being your parents and teaching you important things instead of wanting to be your friends. Please forgive us.