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I Am Having a Quarter-life Crisis

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    Overacheiver Now Stuck In a Rut

    i was always a good girl.  i am an orthodox jew.  i followed the system, earned a 4.0, went to a top seminary, went to an all women's college and started teaching jewish subjects (part time at first and now full time) at 19!  i am almost 25 now, have my MA in...
    stc stc 21-25 2 Responses Mar 9, 2008

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    Did I Really Get This Bad?

    when i was in the sixth grade it seemed as if my whole life was spiraling in a downward motion. my life definition at that point was simply, quiet and self-conscious. people never thought that anything was wrong with me because i was on the cheer squad and i had good grades. but...
    metallicagal91 metallicagal91 18-21, F 1 Response Feb 1, 2009

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    It's been several months

    since the start of the crisis. I've fortunately narrowed it down to three options, but here's the snag--I can't pick between any of them. Any thoughts much appreciated: - Study in city of dreams and travel, but risk not getting back into current industry at end (study is purely...
    glache glache 22-25 Aug 26

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    Hatin Modern Society And Its Expectations.

    Is it me or is having a quarterlife crisis rut REALLY really hard to get out of. I keep making false promises to myself that I will accomplish this and that but I don't. I do the research, maybe pick up the phone and it stops there. I actually find the big world very intimidating...
    bubblegum84 bubblegum84 26-30, F 2 Responses Oct 24, 2010

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    I Am Trying To Find My Career...

    I am going through the quarter life crisis stage where you are trying to figure out what to do with your life and be financial and emotionally stable and independent. I don't know what to do with my life career wise right now. Everyone else seems to have it together and have a...
    MichaelVictorious MichaelVictorious 22-25, M 4 Responses May 12, 2011

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    I Feel Like I Am Going Insane. I Am 27 Years Old.

    I am so happy I stumbled upon this group. I am a high school school and college graduate. I really hate my life. I am in serious debt from student loans, and I barely scraping by with a part time minimum wage fish'n'chip cook job. I feel like life is over. I wake up everyday and...
    misschatterteeth misschatterteeth 26-30, F 1 Response May 10, 2012

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    Not What I Had Planned

    Good God, I am beyond relieved that this group exists. I am going to be 25 soon, and I'm torn between wanting to succeed and wanting to weep uncontrollably for days. I come from a family laced with learning disabilities - I somehow turned out to be the more intellectual and...
    wannabeDJ wannabeDJ 22-25, F 3 Responses Nov 3, 2013

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    All New To Me.

    For the past few months, I've been going through something. For so long I couldn't put my finger on what it was. Then, the other day I heard someone talking about a "Quarter life crisis" and I researched it. I'd heard of mid-life crises, but never quarter life. Lately, I am...
    urbrandofheroin urbrandofheroin 22-25, F 2 Responses Jul 28, 2010

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    Finding yourself after college.

    Any advice ? I Have a great job and live in a new city. But can't help to stress over what's next and where my life is going.
    pittpirates23 pittpirates23 22-25, F 2 Responses Jul 7

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    I just turned 21 a couple of days ago

    and since then . . . no since before my birthday I’ve been feeling like I’ve done nothing with my life. When I was a kid everything was so simple you ask me “what do you want to be when you grow up?” Most likely I would’ve said a power ranger, a security guard (my...
    joker912 joker912 18-21, M 1 Response Feb 3

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    Goofysc's Qlc Story

    I signed up for this website because I need a place to rant right now, and so this is my first post of any kind. I haven't even read anyone else's stories yet, which I'm sure will help with my own quarter-life crisis. I'm supposed to be doing one of my last assignments for...
    GoofySC GoofySC 22-25, M 3 Responses Apr 27, 2010

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    Ok so this is why I think I'm struggling to

    cope at the moment and having a quarter life crisis. I'm lucky in some ways, I've got a bachelors of engineering in mechanical engineering and I've got a graduate job. I'm getting paid, putting money into a pension, got dental insurance, a boyfriend of 5 years, its all very...
    BagOLaughs BagOLaughs 22-25, F 1 Response Jan 21

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    Is 20 Quarter Life?

    Anyway, I'm doing all I can not to think about what I want to do in the future. I thought about that way too long. Should I just go with the flow? It's like every morning I wake up and think, what can I do so that I'm not unhappy, not trapped? And in all honesty, it's hard to say...
    SweetbriarPoet SweetbriarPoet 26-30, F 5 Responses Aug 31, 2008

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    Life Is Scary...

    All of my life, I've only done what i want to. That usually includes partying, travelling, and getting a new job every couple of months. Recently, I've come to a harsh realization: I'm going to have to be an adult. I knew this day would come, I've always been a bit apprehensive...
    yesmaam yesmaam 22-25, F 4 Responses Aug 13, 2009

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    The Past Couple of Years

    I was cheated on, physically and verbally abused by someone I loved, dropped out of art school, left home for 8 months, started hurting myself, tried to kill myself, was hospitalized three times for depression / self-injury / being suicidal, found out my ex killed himself...
    paperalias paperalias 22-25, F 1 Response Apr 18, 2008

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    I just turned 25 this year

    and Ive been in this quarter life crisis loop for quite some time now. Started around 20 I believe. No matter what I'm doing to better myself, I feel as though I am not where I am supposed to be in life. Social media doesn't help either. All my peers are coupled up, married with...
    Adavis3 Adavis3 22-25, F 1 Response Jul 8

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    I am 25 years old with a bachelors degree in

    communications. I just started My masters program studying School Counseling and am currently working as a waitress and living with my parents after being on my own for a year. I feel lost and defeated, and have developed an immense fear of getting older. I constantly want to...
    runforyourlife912 runforyourlife912 22-25, F 3 Responses Feb 5

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    Older

    I guess i'm writing this because my birthday is coming up soon and i will be 25. I never thought i would be five years from 30. Most my age are far more advanced than i am. I am 25, still in college with no idea of what to do, no job experience really which means I really don't...
    LucidxDreams LucidxDreams 22-25, F 2 Responses Jul 8, 2012

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    What to Do?

    that is the question. here's my story ... in high school i was awesome! debate club president, 3.8 GPA, 4 on US and comparative government AP tests. i was set up for success ... or not. my 1st semester of college i was incredibly unhappy and drank a lot. i got bad grades (my...
    foxieroxie foxieroxie 18-21, F May 15, 2008

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    Quarterlife Crisis Help

    Hi guys, The whole Quarterlife Crisis issue is something I've been looking into recently. Having been through one (or two) myself, I wanted to help others find a way through theirs. I've put together a simple survey to try and get a handle on where the problems exist...
    MattPritchard MattPritchard 31-35, M 1 Response May 17, 2010

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    Been There

    I was 24 when I went though the whole quarter life crisis.  I was a point where I felt like I wasn't "me" anymore.  I was either my kids Mom or my husbands wife.  That was how I was introduced to people.  I hated it.  I wanted to meet people who...
    crazyinlove88 crazyinlove88 26-30, F 3 Responses Aug 30, 2008

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    Shipwrecked

    Where to begin really? I'm 25, I've had a great childhood, college years were pretty amazing, and the post college years were the best. I was in a few bands with friends, had some fun relationships, moved up in my job and into better houses etc. 2012 has totally rocked the boat...
    5683LIFE 5683LIFE 22-25, M 1 Response Jul 24, 2012

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    I Want It to Be More Like 1/5 Life

    I'm 20 years old and in my second year of college. I've already tried to drop out three different times since I started and only not done that because my dad intervened and each time talks me into finishing at least one more semester. I have no idea what's going on or what I do...
    JonFurniss JonFurniss 18-21, M 4 Responses Apr 18, 2008

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    Just Can't Stop Worrying.....

    I am 26 in a few days and feel so old. When you are early twenties, I don't feel there is as much pressure on you because you are still seen as very young. I feel like when you hit 25, everyone expects you to change and there is more pressure. On the morning of my 25th birthday...
    Jenni855 Jenni855 26-30, F 3 Responses Aug 31, 2011

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    Quarter-life Crisis

    After my first quarter-life crisis...I picked up and moved across the country to go to grad school in LA. Now in my second quarter-life crisis (or maybe the first one never ended) I'm struggling with lost love (an open relationship that tore me apart) , being the...
    takethechivas takethechivas 22-25, F Jan 23, 2010

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