I’ve had two post-college jobs so far: one I didn’t love and one I do. The differences between these two jobs is striking. The culture and atmosphere at each job couldn’t be less alike. However, the one thing that did not change when I left my first job for my second is that I’m still sitting at a desk in front of a computer for 8+ hours a day.
I used to think that this whole “quarter-life crisis” phenomenon was a myth. In the least, I thought it was something for those twenty-somethings who didn’t have their lives together. It definitely wasn’t something I thought would hit me, the person who continually made jokes about how, as a 24 year old who already has tattoos, a nose ring, and a flair for being the black sheep, I didn’t have any crises left to experience. I learned early on, though, that crisis reveals itself in unique ways to each person.
If someone asked me what the hardest part of my 20s has been up to this point, I would answer without a bit of hesitation – dating.
Moving back in with my parents after college? Tough. Job hunting? Not a fun process. Making friends? A close second, but still not the winner (for more on this read my article, "How to Make Friends as an Adult").
There is something each and every one of us 20-somethings NEED to hear.
STOP PUTTING SO MUCH PRESSURE ON YOURSELF.
The idea that you need to cross the finish line of your life a quarter of the way through is ridiculous. Too often I hear my fellow 20-somethings planning out their lives as if it’s as easy as timelines and deadlines.