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RESPONSE #1: Being Patient with the Path

I recently read Amina’s post titled “Personal Blog #6: Paths,” and thought that the questions she posed about choosing a path in life are likely ones experienced by a lot of people. In her post, Amina mentioned that she’s 24, and I can remember having a lot of those same questions at that age. I’m honestly just a few years older than her, but maybe a few years makes a really big difference in finding your path. Or maybe, it’s not so much that you find your path in your late-20’s, but that even if you haven’t found your path, you become more comfortable with the uncertainty.

It seems like Amina is experiencing the typical feelings and thoughts associated with the quarter-life crisis — a term that some people consider ridiculous. But honestly, who says that only people in their mid-40’s can go through some type of personal crisis that causes them to evaluate where they are in life and where they’re going.

I believe the quarter-life crisis is a real thing and that it makes complete sense. Around the age of 23-30, people tend to have a few years of full-time work experience under their belt, and they realize that it isn’t exactly as glamorous as they might have hoped. Today’s generation (or Generation Y) reflects on how its parents worked at the same company for decades, and that generates a serious fear. Who honestly wants to live a boring life, working a boring job?

Yes, I believe the quarter-life crisis exists, but I also believe there are ways to get over it. Most of us have to flounder our way through it, so I thought it might be helpful to share some of the tips that I think can spare someone the struggle. Now I’m not claiming to be an expert here. There is actually a book by Alexandra Robbins and Abby Wilner that dedicated solely to exploring the quarter-life crisis.  But in the meantime…

Overcoming the Quarter-life Crisis:

  1. Recognize that the overwhelming majority of your peers feel the exact same way you do. Take comfort in knowing you are not alone.
  2. As you identify your different questions about your future, recognize that you don’t have to have all of the answers today.
  3. Know that even working in your dream job will come with some bad days. Perfection is a myth.
  4. Take time to enjoy the path that you’re on today. Even the worst job usually has some insight or lesson to offer.
  5. Be patient, and let the path develop.

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