For me, the term “Quarter Life Crisis” entered my mind only a few years after graduating college. This commonly coined phrase of Gen Y refers to twentysomethings who are feeling strangely confused, fatigued and questioning their career paths while screaming: “What’s next?!”
How did you get here in the first place? Well Lady, you may have done this to yourself. You were caught up in the image of what you wanted to be. You were trying to prove that you ARE the real life Elle Woods; you are the beautiful, social, smart, well dressed, successful woman that kicks guys’ butts at the office and brings home the bacon while being the perfect girlfriend, citizen, daughter and friend. I mean people like Elle Woods ARE real, right?!
Ok obviously you’re gonna crack. Even reading that paragraph stressed me out.
Women are natural pleasers. We want to be accepted, loved and appreciated by those around us. Those of us who are competitive or driven by money may temporarily feel that we have something to prove.
Wanting it all is fine and fabulous. I promise you can have it all. Now pick something that YOU love, admire, and are passionate about. Not something that is validated by the size of your paycheck, your family, friends, or whatever society says about that profession. Erase the thoughts of your parents and grandparents telling everyone “Susie is so smart! She’s going to grow up to become a doctor someday!” Rather, ask yourself what is important to YOU: What will get you out of bed in the morning?
In order to do this, you really have to know yourself, and I’m not about to say that that is a quick or easy thing to know about. It’s just another fun leg of your journey!