qlsA essay about the new phenomenon called Quarter-Life Crisis which I chanced upon a couple of years ago made a lot of sense even when I had not realized yet that I was one of the primary candidates for QLC. A book about the said syndrome was written, describing how a wider array of choices–choices that were not available to previous generations–may in fact not be doing people in their 20s a lot of good. So in a nutshell, if a person displays a combination, or all, of the following, then welcome that person to the world of the dazed and confused, the quarter-life crisis club.

Alas, life is not the big party that we had dreamed about in school; the “real world” is often painted in grays and silvers (whichever way you look at it), not black and white, or in any color of the rainbow, depending on how it was described in the fairy tales that your mom or kindergarten teacher read to you at home or in pre-school.

* feeling “not good enough” because one can’t find a job that is at his/her academic/intellectual level
* frustration with relationships, the working world, and finding a suitable job or career
* confusion of identity
* insecurity regarding the near future
* insecurity regarding present accomplishments
* re-evaluation of close interpersonal relationships
* disappointment with one’s job
* nostalgia for university or college life
* tendency to hold stronger opinions
* boredom with social interactions
* financially-rooted stress
* loneliness
* desire to have children
* a sense that everyone is, somehow, doing better than you