I turned 23 roughly one week and a few days ago. In preparation for turning a new age and thus, striding into a new transitional season, I used September to meditate, reflect, and analyze what Iâ€™ve accomplished in the past 365 days; the areas where essential improvement is needed; and my state of intent from now through October 14, 2013. I prepared myself for the challenges and triumphs 23 would bring â€¦ or so I thought.
As the clock struck midnight on October 13, I began panicking. Suddenly life seemed shorter. Twenty-five is a blink away, 30 is two. Though I have aspirations, a timeline, and a resume Iâ€™m proud of, Iâ€™m in the throes of an almost quarter-life crisis.
QuarterlifeCrisis.com reports that the QLC is â€œessentially a period of anxiety, uncertainty and inner turmoil that often accompanies the transition to adulthood.â€ The phrase was coined in 1997, when Abby Wilner graduated from college and couldnâ€™t organize a definitive plan for her life. Her trials resulted in Quarterlife Crisis and Quarterlifer’s Companion, two books that chronicled her experience.
Quarter-life crises are impacting millennials at higher rates than they did previous generations because it takes longer to become an adult in this century. We establish our financial independence later and begin families when weâ€™re much older according to Wilner.
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