I turn 25 in less than two weeks. And like 99% of people, I have no idea what I’m going to do with my life.
Ok, that’s partly a lie. I do know what I want to do. I do have a plan of what I’m going to do. But I learned, shortly after getting my bachelor’s degree and working at my first full-time job, that you can make all the plans you want in the world and nothing will prepare you for this thing we call life.
I talked to all of my millennial friends and together we have compiled a list of 25 signs that signify you are going through a quarter-life crisis.
You want to quit your day job and go travel.
You’re not where you thought you’d be in life, so you treated yourself to ice cream … and some cocktails.
You’re still confused on how to do taxes.
You tell yourself you’re still in your prime, but before you know it, you’ll turn 30, then 35, then 40.
Your hangovers are getting worse.
You may freak out about your current relationship and where it’s going.
Every time you go to a family reunion, an aunt or grandma asks you if you’re dating anyone serious or if you’re going to get married and have kids any time soon.
You want to move up in your company, but it requires X years of experience or a master’s degree in Y.
Sometimes you just want to stay in bed, curl up into a ball, and cry about the stress, wishing you hadn’t taken your parents for granted growing up.
You reminisce about the simpler days of youth when you gave 0 fucks.
You attempt to stick to a budget.
You used to love celebrating your birthday, but now it’s just a reminder that you’re getting older.
You sign up for a gym membership to encourage yourself to workout, but end up wasting money.
You realize you should’ve been going to the doctor for routine checkups.
You panic when you realize you don’t understand what the hell some new teenage slang word means.
You used to be able to stay up until 3 a.m. but now you’re finding yourself crashing around midnight.
You’re sad because your old college buds aren’t around for spontaneous adventures.
You start saying stuff like “Back when I was in college…”
You miss the student benefits so you start pulling out your old student ID for freebies and discounts.
You can’t afford to have Netflix, Hulu, and HBO so you drop them all and use your friends’ log-in instead. (Friends are the best.)
You occasionally have existential crises about your true purpose in life.
You get a paycheck and realize all of it has to go to rent and bills so you’re left with waiting another 2 weeks for the next check.
You realize your generation has been fucked over and now everyone has to suffer.
You consider going to therapy to talk your shit out. (Which is a good thing!)
You’re counting down the days to when you no longer have to pay back your student loans.
If you’ve been nodding your head at most of these signs, then you are in the same boat as us all. But don’t worry! Stay tuned next week for our tips on how to tackle your quarter life crisis! And remember: you have support in your life, and our team at Shuffle Online is also here to listen. June Spence of “Sharing the Struggle” is our advice columnist and she welcomes questions! You can submit your questions or stories to firstname.lastname@example.org or tweet us @SharingStruggle or @ShuffleOnline!