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I Am Having a Quarter-life Crisis

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    Nobody told me about this ****

    when i was a kid. Thought i had until my 40's or so.
    funguy6987 funguy6987 26-30, M Aug 27, 2015

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    I'm 23 and I am questioning

    if teaching is what I really want to do with my life. I love it and it's so fulfilling to help children learn and grow but I don't want to be poor!
    Theartsmusic Theartsmusic 22-25, F 2 Responses Jun 29, 2015

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    I used violence against my schizophrenic mother,

    she has the illness 7 years now she was violent her self in her worst period punches slaps kicks throwing stuff at me,and attacked people on streets I managed to hospital her and she got a really good medicine that help's her and I set boundaries for her at home to take them but...
    psyduder psyduder 22-25, M May 28, 2015

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    Daninhell Daninhell 26-30, F 1 Response Aug 25, 2015

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    Hello everyone! I am new to this,

    so go easy if I do this wrong?? I am 28 and have been kind of freaking out about my path, the decisions I have made, and my overall journey in this life. I am someone who takes full responsibility for my life, but the problem right now is that I feel empty and not sure what to...
    deleted deleted 26-30 1 Response Jan 26

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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 26-30, F 1 Response Jan 21, 2014

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    When I was a child growing up,

    everyone had such high hopes for me. I was grades ahead of most people my age and all set up to graduate early. I already had a scholarship at the university of my dreams, and professors I had met waiting for me. When I got accused of cheating, which I didn't do, I got kicked...
    Player1LFG Player1LFG 22-25, F 3 Responses Dec 26, 2015

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    I'm 25 and soon to be 26 .

    . I hate where I'm at right now .. a job that just gets worse by the minute.. I want to quit so bad .but I'm not quite sure what to do next .. I Dont have any talents . any passion .everyone else just seems to excelling at everything .. while I'm dragging myself through life ..
    Greysky03 Greysky03 26-30, F 1 Response Feb 18, 2015

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    I look at my life and I have nothing to show

    for it. I have no belongings, living at home, no schooling, etc. I haven't had "normal" in years. I'd get ****** up because that what was supposed to be fun. But I'd feel like **** overall and stay away by never coming out of the house. I'd always date these controlling well to...
    Oddfuture02 Oddfuture02 22-25, F 1 Response Jul 8, 2015

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    Some times I hide my phone

    after some one texts me because i enjoy the feeling on somebody waiting on me
    WESTREX WESTREX 22-25, M Aug 24, 2015

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    So I think I'm having a quarter life crisis.

    I'm 23 and just not where I thought I would be. I'm a teacher which I'm beginning to hate, I'm busy all the time and have lost most of my friends. I've been with my boyfriend since high school and I don't know if I like him anymore. I now have anxiety from all of this. I want to...
    jkp661 jkp661 22-25, F 8 Responses Jul 25, 2015

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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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    I'm having a hard time saying goodbye to my

    childhood. It was easy to forget my childhood when I was an adolescent, because real life hadn't kicked in yet. It started a few years ago on Easter. I was in my apartment and I woke up and it felt like just any other day. Nothing really special. I mean YEAH it was Easter, but...
    groundcraze groundcraze 22-25, F 1 Response Jan 20, 2015

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    This might come off as a rant.

    ..I'm one year into my new career in the Air Force. Moving 6000 miles away from, friends, acquaintances, family, my home town. Basically my old life. I am trying to stay as positive as possible, and living a healthy lifestyle, and am working on a BA degree, and am trying to...
    Echolady Echolady 22-25, F 2 Responses Dec 1, 2015

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    I turn 25 in September

    and I am going through a lot. I mean a LOT. It's been awful and I've already lost myself. My problem is I'm good at hiding my struggles, so outwardly to my friends I look like I'm doing fine. But I'm not, and I just wish I knew what to do. I wish I knew the exact direction my...
    searching097 searching097 22-25, F 1 Response Aug 3, 2015

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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 3 Responses Apr 18, 2008

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    I only have one semester of college left,

    and I have no idea what I'm supposed to be doing with my life. Right now I have a crappy low-wage job as a waitress, no friends that still live around me, no car, no life.. whenever I see everyone else I grew up with and where they are I can't help but feel that I'm lagging...
    addelean addelean 22-25, F 5 Responses May 27, 2015

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    road maps once were the most majestic of

    experiences while traveling end of summer ...................holidays are not what they  used to be ,not feeling up to par anymore
    miimii0069 miimii0069 26-30, F 1 Response Sep 6, 2015

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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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    iam not sure if im on the right path.

    ...but then who does??
    aloisad aloisad 22-25, F 5 Responses Jan 21

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    i should have done better in life.

    i regret alot of things now that i have experience its consequences. like for example. not studying hard enough. so i can get a job i dream to have which is to be a lawyer. not saving enough money and suppressing my habit to spent and now im in debt. Now half of the time i look...
    theanoymouswreck theanoymouswreck 22-25, M 5 Responses May 30, 2015

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    I'm a 26 years old man,

    with my own apartament, working in a good place, waiting for my son born and i'm happy with my life, but no fully happiness, i mean, i'm very excited with my couple and my future family but I would do things that maybe by time, money or will never have. Simple as for example...
    rockzalo rockzalo 26-30, M Nov 26, 2015

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    I just turned 26, and I fantasize about packing

    up and moving across country again, but I can't because I have (for the first time in my life) put down roots somewhere and I have people that depend on me. I'm terrified that I won't be the adult I always thought I could be.
    DrLizzyFreud DrLizzyFreud 26-30, F Aug 19, 2015

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    My friends find it funny

    that I claim to have a quarter-life crisis when I'm only 22. But then age is not a determinant now, isn't it? Most of my close friends are on their late 20s so they probably, in some ways, have the credible stand of telling me that it's too early for me to feel symptoms of such...
    Boghane Boghane 22-25, F 1 Response Feb 16, 2015

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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 have done nothing in life.

    I haven't had the normal experiences people have in their teenage/young adult life. I also just quit my job to go back to school. I probably have more in common with a high school freshman than I do with people my own age.
    ssfoster ssfoster 26-30, F 3 Responses Feb 16, 2015

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    I was always a high achiever at school.

    Straight As with little effort. I wasn't popular, I had a few good friends but I didn't care about a social life, I was content to be the clever girl. Then after school it all seemed to fall apart. I couldn't pick a career path and ended up dropping out. I fell into a funk and...
    alonewiththegods alonewiththegods 26-30, F 5 Responses Jul 18, 2015

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    A late quarter-life crisis - I just turned 27.

    I always thought, despite being a depressed and confused mess, I would have things more or less sorted by the time I'm in my twenties. I'm a bit tired of people telling me I'm young and have all the time in the world and there are plenty of opportunities. It's supposed to be...
    tangfastic tangfastic 26-30, F 3 Responses Dec 4, 2015

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    I'm 29 and I think I'm having a late quarter

    life crisis comparer to others here. I don't my current job and I keep looking for other jobs right now which I 'hope' the next job will be better but I know the real problem is I don't know what I actually want in my life. I think of quitting my current job, leave the city that...
    shane423 shane423 26-30, M 1 Response Jun 10, 2015

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    When I graduated college a year ago,

    I thought I had my life all figured out. I had a good job right out of college and I had plenty of friends and family who were living near-by. Skip to now, and I just have no clue what I want from life. I hate my job and have lost contact with most of my friends, and part of me...
    dardanelles dardanelles 26-30, M 1 Response May 10, 2015

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    Or whatever you call it.

    Everyone struggles through life at any age. It's just that today I've been feeling quite low. I think about the future and I realized that I haven't really made any goals when I hit 30. I mean it's cool that I try to live life one day at a time. The thing is I don't think I am...
    Qtrelle Qtrelle 26-30, F 2 Responses Sep 22, 2015

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    Being in your twenties.

    It is when you stop going along with the crowd and start realizing that there are many things about yourself that you didn't know and may not like. You start feeling insecure and wonder where you will be in a year or two, but then get scared because you barely know where you...
    FiguringOut22 FiguringOut22 22-25, F 3 Responses Jul 11, 2015

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    Mine definitely started to manifest at 21,

    initially it was very slow, I wasn't overly worried about the future, if anything, I felt free and happy despite being at zero. I thought the bump in the road would sort itself out, "Everyone goes through bad times, good times will happen soon", I thought. WRONG! well, not...
    theotherusernamesweretaken theotherusernamesweretaken 26-30, M 1 Response Jul 11, 2015

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    Seven years ago, in my second year of college

    (undergrad), I was 19, drinking a lot, smoking a lot, and didn't have a whole lot of friends to bond with. I didn't know how because I'd been struggling with eating disorders and anxiety for a long time. It turned into depression that year, resulting in a brief trial with anti...
    crossroadtraveler crossroadtraveler 22-25, F 1 Response Jul 28, 2015

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    An interesting description of oneself!

    Has anybody ever proclaimed that they're having an Entire-Life Crisis?
    deleted deleted 26-30 2 Responses Dec 26, 2015

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    I'm 28 and don't have anything to show

    for it but, a bad habit of falling into a bender then losing great jobs.. I don't know how to end it. I'm thinking I need a kid or something to give me a reason to be happy without having to self sabotage every time I'm doing well. I'm fairly intelligent and a hard worker its...
    subject44 subject44 26-30, M 1 Response Jul 11, 2015

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    Hi guys. I'm 24 years old and,

    seeing as I'm going/went through a massive quarter life crises myself I decided to just make the subject my graduation project. You know, because why not. Let me tell you what my research until now has let me too believe. First of all, the quarter life crises is a very serious...
    Syrika Syrika 22-25, F 2 Responses Apr 24, 2015

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    Ever since my teenage years I've been a very

    studious, academic type of person. I got straight A's in high school, went straight to university, and I just graduated with my doctorate. It required a lot of hard work and concentration, and left me out of the "real world" for a long time. I've been left with the feeling that...
    Rhodopsin Rhodopsin 26-30, F Jul 14, 2015

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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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    Lolz I cant get over the fact

    that Im 25 already
    deleted deleted 26-30 14 Responses Dec 3, 2015

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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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    Just turned 24 and am hitting a serious bump in

    the road of life right now, time frame is kind of accurate I guess... I have support that I can put my trust in bringing some confidence/optimism.. Just hope something positive comes later on considering all of the anxiety, negativity and stress that comes along with it.
    6ixSide 6ixSide 22-25, M 1 Response Sep 6, 2015

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    Quit my job today and it feels awesome.

    .. i rather be poor than unhappy
    deleted deleted 26-30 1 Response Aug 25, 2015

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    I am 23 years old and I've lost one of my

    parents last year, the other one is basically dying and I just feel so unsafe. I finished my education this semester and everything is so uncertain. I’d like to move to a different country to learn the language and basically get out from this, but I have duties in here so I...
    cetirizin cetirizin 22-25, F 1 Response Jun 23, 2015

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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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