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I Am Having a Quarter-life Crisis

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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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    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 1 Response Aug 26, 2014

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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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    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 know what I want to do

    but I feel pretty powerless to make it happen. I finished my engineering degree last summer in England and didn't have a job waiting for me afterward because I hate engineering, plus I got a 2:2 and employers don't hire grads with 2:2. So not having any money or a place to...
    cytells cytells 22-25, F 2 Responses Jan 3

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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.
    sfoss21 sfoss21 26-30, F 3 Responses Feb 16

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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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    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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    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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    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

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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 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, 2014

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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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    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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    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

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    Not really, but there are times in my life

    where I feel everything has stalled. I just graduated from college and am juggling an internship as well as a part-time job, wondering what exactly I want to do with my life. What kind of a writer I want to be? Do I want to go to graduate school or work for a while and where...
    Chapman2014 Chapman2014 22-25, M Feb 18

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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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    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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    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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    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

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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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    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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    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 26-30, F 3 Responses Feb 5, 2014

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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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    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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    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 26-30, F 3 Responses Nov 3, 2013

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    I'm 25 and I want to leave my husband

    for my High School love and to be independent. My husband and I knew each other for three months before getting married (no wedding, it was a double proxy). The military definitely rushed our relationship. Now I'm ready to move on. We're currently truck drivers together, which...
    CJAR0907 CJAR0907 22-25, F Dec 24, 2014

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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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    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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    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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    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, 2014

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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 22-25, M 1 Response Feb 3, 2014

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    Am 39 soon. I genuinely believe I am in the early stages of a mid life crisis. Strangely it's quite a positive experience. As a result I've lost a load of weight and toned up...
    Nomoretomorrow Nomoretomorrow 36-40, M Feb 21

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    hi I am new here having good life experience
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    One of the ways, I need to get my life on track is to develop a strong relationship with my Lord. I confessed that Jesus died for my sins, and that the Lord is my savior. But is...
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    I have no illusions that our relationship is about anything more than sex. Neither of us want anything more from the other. But something about our get together on Friday made me...
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    So in July I'm walking down the street in 90 degree weather which felt more like 190. My head was pounding because I had a banana and a protein shake in the morning but didn't eat...
    Modiwolfshit Modiwolfshit 41-45, M 1 Response Feb 8

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    Why God Allows Your Crisis - Dr. Tony Evans
    Heavenbound5511 Heavenbound5511 36-40, F Feb 13

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    I really don’t like living, I hate my life and I just don’t feel like if I belong in this world. My family thinks I am dumb and that I will never achieve anything in life. I...
    Miserabelle Miserabelle 16-17, F Feb 13

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    I'm going through difficult changes in my life and I have trouble confronting them. I'm about to return to my country after 2 years of living/studying abroad. It is extremely...
    Maniueru Maniueru 22-25, M a week ago

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      I came across this forum after searching for advice or similar stories online. Here's my story anyway; I'm about to turn 25 this April and feel completely at a loss with...
    Mardybum1 Mardybum1 22-25, M Feb 5

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    Life slaps me around with gusto. I swear I can hear it ask me "Who's your daddy?" You can call it 'Daddy Stress'. Stress is a way of telling me that joy is overrated. You can never...
    Modiwolfshit Modiwolfshit 41-45, M 2 Responses Feb 8

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    Fear. That is all it started. I have been through a busy childhood. My childishness was early taken away from me, and at a very young age, such as six years old, I learned to act...
    diane1996 diane1996 18-21, F 3 Responses Feb 11

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    it hurts that there are millions of emotions bottled up in your chest that you can't even express. all these emotions are eating you and digging into your skin and killing every...
    xmessofadreamerx xmessofadreamerx 18-21, F Feb 15

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    I am overwhelmed with everything, I recently had a bad experience with marijuana. I was with a few of my friends and we we're smoking, and suddenly everything went wrong for me. I...
    qwernia qwernia 18-21, F 1 Response 1 day ago

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    I have been having an online affair for 3+ years. My marriage isn't terrible - but my husband and I have been drifting apart since I suffered post partum depression and severe...
    katkinz katkinz 41-45, F 1 Response 1 day ago

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    -one version of it, targeted to financial supplies and free time- I started working while at 16, any kind of jobs, worked through high school, moved out at 18 and continue working...
    alogo alogo 26-30 2 Responses Feb 1

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    I recently realized that having crushes on people that I would never be able to be with fueled my depression a lot. this depression has ruined my life. it's sad. having your heart...
    charkzilla20 charkzilla20 16-17, M 1 Response Feb 14

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    My parents aren't always there with me all the time. They sent me off and gave me freedom, and independence at a young age without realizing that... I wasn't even ready yet! And so...
    Seaspiritaria Seaspiritaria 13-15, F 1 Response Feb 6

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