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the quater life crisis


Strange, i seem to have it a lot better than the people described here. I should be more appreciative of the security i've been enjoying rather than hoarding food, weapons, medical supplies and empty sand bags, right?


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May. 27th, 2009 06:53 pm (UTC)
This blogger, who's in his late thirties, suggests that the quarter-life crisis has, to some extent, replaced the mid-life crisis due to different patterns of employment and consumption in the post-Baby Boom generations. I think he might be onto something -- which might, comfortingly, suggest that this is one of the worser bits?
May. 28th, 2009 12:06 am (UTC)
If the mid-life crisis used to be the period of greatest instability in a person's life then I think he is. Speaking as someone who's effectively been undergoing this for the last 5 years or so, with occasional breaks when pieces of careers have been getting back on track, I can easily believe it. That may just be projection. I can tick about thirteen of the sixteen points on the list though, the only ones I'm not worried about are the ones related to a partner, a social life or children, which I'm not prepared to have while not being financially stable so that counts too.

We're taught to be competitive and yet so much of what we can then use to define ourselves is stripped away and we're made to depend to a degree on luck and connections. If we don't have those, we spiral away from that path which we have often defined ourselves by and may never find those aspects of ourselves again. This isn't always a bad thing. Lives change and people find greater passion for the work they do when exposed to things they truly enjoy rather than doing Medicine or Law because Mummy and Daddy said they should and they got the marks. It helps many people fit better into the interlocking web which is society when they realise they're allowed to move around within industries and attempt to find jobs which suit them. The depression from not finding that job is long and bleak, though.
May. 28th, 2009 03:50 am (UTC)
it's good to realise that one is blessed and to give thanks.
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