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Camille Styles

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Could you be experiencing a Quarter-Life Crisis?

March 16th, 2018

Forget teenage angst, goodbye dreaded 30 — the quarter-life crisis is here and it’s so, so real.

Although I remember having this exact thought when I was 25, I also remember feeling alone in thinking that this feeling was just affecting me while the majority of the population had it together. But then I was talking about the quarter-life crisis with Career Contessa’s new editorial assistant, Jacq McElhone, and we bonded over this since she’s 22 and, well, realizing she’s already lived through about a quarter her life. This sent us down the rabbit hole of research and Jacq’s take on it might surprise you — or might make you feel better since you’re definitely not alone. Here’s Jacq to explain more:

My realization that I was a quarter into my life set off a ripple effect of deeply reflective, soul-searching questions: What have I done of value? What am I going to do? What do I want to do? What is my career? Do I even have goals? What are my strengths? How will I define myself as my own person who contributes to the world at large?

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  1. Eva says:

    I definitely struggled through my quarter-life crisis! I had bad depression and honestly, didn’t even know who I really was let alone what I wanted. I think it’s a tough challenge to go through, but the more equipped you are for work life, maintaining balanced expectations, and finding inner confidence, the better you’ll be able to weather it. It’s such a shame, isn’t it? We should be having our most fun out of life at that age, and yet, we’re so worried about the future it’s hard to just be.

    Eva | http://www.shessobright.com

  2. Jennifer Rose Smith says:

    I think the quarter life crisis is all too real for our generation. When you’ve been told you can achieve you anything you want in life, reality can hit hard in your twenties. It’s a lot of work to get in touch in with your true self, and figure out what your priorities really are. I chose to pursue a career that was creatively fulfilling, but I paid for it in years of uncertainty and hard work. No regrets. My advice for surviving the quarter life crisis is this: put in the work, and trust that the rewards will come.

  3. Ana says:

    I can vouch for this. It really hits home for me.
    My crisis is having to start over again at this age as I am recently and newly separated with a toddler.
    My goals have obviously changed as I will be raising my little one on my own.
    I have always wanted to pursue a career that will help me fulfill my creative-ness and also be able to pay for the bills. Crisis indeed.

    http://www.anavicioso.com

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  5. […] Forget teenage angst, goodbye dreaded 30 — the quarter-life crisis is here and it’s so, so real. Although I remember having this exact thought when I was 25, I also remember feeling alone in thinking that this feeling was just affecting me while the majority of the population had it together. But then I was talking about the quarter-life crisis with Career Contessa’s new editorial assistant, Jacq McElhone, and we bonded over this since she’s 22 and, well, realizing she’s already lived through about a quarter her life. This sent us down the rabbit hole of research and Jacq’s take on it might surprise you — or might make you feel better since you’re definitely not alone. Here’s Jacq to explain more: My realization that I was a quarter into my life set off a ripple effect of deeply reflective, soul-searching questions: What have I done of value? What am …see the slideshow here […]

  6. thegirlswhobrunch says:

    I definitely recently went through this, and it sucks! But I’m glad to know I’m not alone!

    http://thegirlswhobrunch.com

  7. Yolanda Barchus says:

    Great piece, enjoyed every bit of it!

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  9. Yes I’m definitely experiencing that right now actually!

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