Your twenties are more often than not dubbed ‘the best years of your life’. No one thinks that a quarter-life crisis could happen during those years.
The Independent stated that 82% of 24-35-year olds have admitted to going through a ‘crisis’ during the early decades of their adulthood, going against the often made assumption that only mid-life crisis’ exists.
A quarter life crisis can range from a month to an entire year, with the average crisis length spanning 11 months.
Your twenties are the time where you’re expected find your feet – you’re no longer in education for the first time in your life, starting down the winding path towards your future. Down that path, a love could appear or possible puppy parenting… surely not a life crisis?
Glamour Magazine found that only 31% of 256 millennials who were surveyed for Portafina said the quarter-life crisis positively impacted their lives, making them change what made them unhappy.
The reasons for this uprising in twenties life crisis are endless, ranging from questioning your reason for being on this earth to should you still be shopping at Forever 21? The confusion is shared by many. However, convincing yourself that 25 is the new 21 won’t help anyone.
Psychotherapist and life coach, Hilda Burke told Glamour magazine: “I think part of the reason that 25 has become an age that triggers anxiety in many is the polarity of experience that millennials are having around this age.”
While some 25-year olds have begun their business empire or amassed great wealth through social media careers and YouTube fame. The majority, however, are not on that level. The temporary job that was supposed to last a few months has turned into three years, and there is no way you can get enough money to jump on that property ladder with your temp pay.
This crisis is the bi-product of the society we live in. The new social media era has forced many to begin subconsciously comparing themselves to others, and nothing good can come from it.
If you are going through a quarter-life crisis, find the root of the problem and write it down, by doing this it becomes a task to tackle rather than a subconscious parasite. And remember you’re not alone.
Words: Victoria Locke | Subbing: Ruby Naldrett