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I Am Having a Quarter-life Crisis

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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

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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

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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 18-21 2 Responses Mar 9, 2008

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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 2 Responses Jul 8

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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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    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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    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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    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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    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 22-25, M May 10

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    Finally an name for it!

    , or something that can explain/tell it to me. In a way tho, it sounds silly, who or when was that made so.. just like mid-life crisis. But it makes sense... the 20s!, alot happens!. It is the time when people are most likely to break mentally and what not statistically. It...
    mirkwood86 mirkwood86 26-30, M Mar 24

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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

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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 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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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 22-25, F Jul 14

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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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    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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    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 2 days ago

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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...
    deleted deleted 26-30 1 Response Feb 18

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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 2 Responses Jul 11

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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

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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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    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

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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...
    usernameinneed usernameinneed 26-30, M Jul 11

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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 Feb 16

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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 6 Responses May 27

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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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    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 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

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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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    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 26-30, F Dec 24, 2014

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    Sex, drugs and violence.

    I've always been a straight arrow and never strayed far from home. My jobs have never brought enough money to move out which never bothered me until I became single again at this delicate age. Things have taken a nose dive over the last year. Now im fast approaching 30, single...
    deleted deleted 26-30 May 9

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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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    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

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    I'm not sure really..

    The fact is I don't know what to do with my life anymore....
    itcheru itcheru 22-25, F 4 Responses Apr 9

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    I'm turning 26 next month

    and kind of dreading it. don't want to sound whiny because I love my job ( though I'm not paid at all currently). I'm finishing residency . I'm single have been for 2 years. all my friends are getting married, dating , in serious relationships and well usually busy. so all that...
    deleted deleted 26-30 1 Response Apr 10

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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 1 Response Jan 3

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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 26-30, F 2 Responses Jul 8, 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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    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

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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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