I received an email titled ‘Quarter Life Crisis’ a few days ago which describes the situation of an individual in their late twenties or early thirties. A ‘Quarter Life Crisis’ is supposed to the pre-cursor to the mid-life crisis which is supposes to make an entry into your lives just before you hit forty.
According to Oliver Robinson from the University of Greenwich in London the ‘Quarter Life Crisis’ takes place between the ages of 25 and 35, when people are embarking on their adult lives. They could be embedded in their choice of career and could be in a serious relationship, but according to Robinson the problem starts when the job you’re in you hate or in a relationship that doesn’t appeal.
The way a ‘Quarter Life Crisis’ is dealt with, is by denying it may exist and thus creating a new strain on mental health issues. In this current economic climate, no doubt there are many individuals who hate the job they’re in, but because of costs, way of life and a glass ceiling they have no choice.
Oliver Robinson interviewed 50 people between the age range of 25-35 and their experiences could be broken up into five distinct phases:
Phase 1 – A feeling of being trapped by your life choices. Feeling as though you are living your life on autopilot. <In other words bored with work and the social circles one moves in.>
Phase 2 – A rising sense of “I’ve got to get out” and the feeling that you can change your life, <The words ‘WHAT IF,’ comes into play with choices made at university or even the house that was brought with an expensive mortgage.>
Phase 3 – Quitting the job or relationship or whatever else is making you feel trapped and embarking on a “time out” period where you try out new experiences to find out who you want to be. <Too many Bollywood movies I feel could advance this stage.>
Phase 4 – Rebuilding your life, <One day you just say ‘hell with this,’ you quit your job, change your details and end up living in a hamlet village in Cambodia.>
Phase 5 – Developing new commitments more attuned to your interests and aspirations, <you might take up some random hobby or start taking an interest in the habitation of Africa’s Meerkat colony.>
The problem according to Robinson is that the ‘Quarter Life Crisis’ makes the entry of the mid-life crisis more easy as in the same way an addiction to deep-fried chicken increases the chances of a coronary heart disease.
So just who is vulnerable to a quarter life crisis? Robinson says that it’s likely to be people who want to succeed conventionally but at the same time have a strong sense of idealism
about what their life should be like.
So my friends, those who are born after 1979, not only we have to bear the brunt of student loans, a working life until the age of 68 with a depleted pension system and an impossible chance to save up for the nice house, we now have to make way for the ‘Quarter Life Crisis’ The only way out of this could be to just take the advice of Del Boy Trotter, ‘He Who Dares.’