The Quarter Life Crisis / by Cassy Nedelisky

Oh, hi! Here I am, turning 25 in exactly 11 days. 12-year-old me thought that by now I'd have graduated from a great college, be married and have the job of my dreams... and probably 5 or 6 horses. Well, I work at the front desk of a hotel and have a cat, we love each other very much and I work for some really great people but 12-year-old me would be thoroughly unimpressed. In fact, almost 25-year-old me is pretty unimpressed. Shouldn't I have everything figured out by now? I'm an adult... aren't I?

The more people my age I talk to the more I realize that the majority of us aren't where we'd thought we'd be by now. Yes, there are the lucky few living the dream but even the few people I know who actually have jobs in the fields they went to school for seem to feel like they should be further in life. Weren't we all supposed to be ruling the world by now?

It took me an ungodly amount of time to figure out what I wanted to do with my life and now that I have I realize how behind I am. There are talented people who have been doing this much longer than me and have had some sort of, if not extensive, formal training. And they're good, really good. It's a bit depressing and it's easy to let it get me down. So what's the alternative? I spend forever working in hotels, hating my job and being resigned to the fact that this is "as good as it gets"? Tempting, but I know I'm better than my current situation and I refuse to spend forever in it.

I guess my point is, we all have to pay our dues. We're all still kids who have no idea what we're doing, but we're working towards something. Right now we may be in coffee shops, restaurants, hotels, etc. but we're not there forever (okay, maybe some people are but I'm optimistic and going to assume that you are hardworking and driven and have some sort of plan for your life).  We're doing what we have to to survive. We pay rent, eat $0.70 meals, steal toilet paper from work and take any opportunity, paid or unpaid, that we can to further our future careers so that someday in the not so distant future we'll be where we want to be, someone that 12-year-old us would be proud of.