Though with my complete reluctance to fuel the millennial fire, I am at least for the next few scrolls of this page, going to talk about the very real problem that is the quarter-life crisis, a crisis which is said to effect 86% of us millennials.
If you’re still crawling through your twenties and have yet to find yourself searching for your soul or question many of your thus-far life choices, then it’s not really a question of ‘if’ it will happen, more so a question of ‘when’. The odds really are against you.
Although seemingly less credible than the more well-known crisis that is mid-life, there is at least some consolidation that you’ll pass mid-life with a pretty decent sports car. A quarter-life crisis is usually based on such little funds that you consider whether you should just give it all up and start investing your last pounds post-rent, on Bitcoin.
Now your twenties aren’t easy. You want your career to progress, but somehow every day of the week becomes an excuse to not do any work, “Look, not today, it’s Wednesday morning.” You want to brunch alongside other Instagrammers, but you can’t afford the £24 poached egg on the one piece of tasteless sourdough. And you want to feel loved and build a meaningful relationship, but you’ve come across another bio on Tinder that says, “How many sausages can you fit in your mouth at once?”.
When you’re trying to get through each day at work and figure out what it is you actually want to do at work; go to the gym, even though you’re lost in all the fads about what it is you should actually be doing at the gym; keep up with the growing complexity and expense of coffee, even though you’re not even sure the more expensive macchiato tastes any different to the latte; and trying to get back in the dating game, even though you can’t seem to get past the three day message reply rate and it’s now day 23 and you’ve exchanged only seven messages; it’s no wonder you enter some sort of crisis.
With all joking aside, a quarter-life crisis is far less shallow than the problems listed above – though obviously very serious problems in their own right. A quarter-life crisis is very real and very personal to each individual and can often be really damaging to our health.
Financial strains are at an all-time high as city salaries don’t match the prices of rent and homes; social pressures to look, eat and exercise a certain way are constantly bombarded at us and heightened through the media which can cause overwhelming anxiety, low self-esteem and eating disorders; and technology seems to be making us less sociable and more isolated, as we discover that more time is being spent on social media and less time spent speaking to our friends on the phone.
I can quite easily sit here and try and pass off my own experiences of what I think is a quarter-life crisis, as a bit of a joke, but in all seriousness, I’d say my twenties so far have not been easy. Certainly, many people will have seen me moan and rant about how bad things seem in this blog of mine, so I needn’t sit here and explain why.
Whether people think I’m trying to make my crisis seem worse than others, I am really not. I simply use my blog as my own way of coping because it allows me to be open about my issues and find a way to get over it – and it helps me throw in my own mockery of myself to alleviate a problem, too.
If you’ve gone through your own quarter-life crisis, then congratulations on getting through it. If you’re going through your quarter-life crisis, then I’m sorry what you’re going through, but you can always join the four-year club with me. If you’re yet to go through yours, then keep enjoying your avocado brunch for now, because we’re all jealous you can afford it.