8 Tell-Tale Signs That You Are Going Through A Quarter-Life Crisis

You may have heard all about the mythological life event, the quarter-life crisis.

….Well I can tell you that it’s not a myth. -I’m experiencing it as we speak.

sadguyA quarter-life crisis is a relatively new phenomenon, occurring when twenty-something’s are overcome with the feeling of “just what am I supposed to do with my life”.  These feelings of anxiety, uncertainty and inner turmoil come at a time when even finding a basic job is a challenge, and the idea of a “dream job” is nothing more than a folk legend. The popularity of social media has increased FOMO (fear of missing out) and you are constantly left to feel as though your life is inadequate in comparison to Sally who is drinking expensive champagne on a yacht in the Greek Islands.

quarter-life-crisisIn May 2015, the Australian national unemployment rate was 6% and the median house price was $660,00 (and closer to $1,000,000 in Sydney). Life is hard and the struggle to live the life we expected as children is real.  We prepare and expect success, wealth and love. Instead, many face unemployment, debt and loneliness. Disney movies and our parent’s expectations have left us unprepared to successfully deal with our 20’s.

So, just in case you were confused whether you were having a quarter-life crisis, here are some pretty good signs to help you out.

  • You’ve given up thinking you’ll ever get your dream job. You know, the one where you make a million dollars a year writing best-selling novels in a beachside shack.
  • You realize just how much of your weekly pay goes on bills, rent and other expenses as you cry into your Mi-Gorang.
  • You’ve lost the best friends you thought would be at your wedding/birth of your first child etc. due to both of your lives going in different directions.
  • You don’t know where you’re going in life. If you do, you have no idea how to get there.
  • Raving, partying and excessive drinking gets old. Yes, hangovers do get worse as you get older. There’s nothing like still recovering from Saturday night on a Thursday.
  • You’re not happy. You don’t know what will make you happy. You are stuck in an emotional, social and directional rut with no idea how to dig yourself out.
  • You sit and think about ever decision you have made in the last five years. The places you have been, the things you have done, the people you have met. Have you made the best choices?
  • You realise how little time you have to create your dream life. At 25, you’ve already lived more than a quarter of your life, and it’s a good time to readjust your goals and get back on the path to your perfect life.

If you think you may be experiencing a quarter-life crisis, don’t suffer in silence. Get the help you need today to live the life you want to live. Call us on (02) 8005 6011 or email us for a call back at info@mycounsellingservice.com.au

ABOUT AUTHOR

cassie_blackebyCassie Blackeby is in the process of completing her Masters in Arts Writing at Swinburne University. In addition to her strong interest in media and communications, Cassie is passionate about helping people to grow and develop into the best versions of themselves, and, writing the next New York Times Best-seller! She couldn’t live without the incredible people in her life, who teach her and help her grow everyday; travel and the incredible experiences they provide; and a page-turning good book to keep her up all night.