Can we just be honest for a sec? Being 22 is a tough age. You graduate university, and suddenly you’re expected to be a full-fledged adult with a full-time career, a sense of purpose, a life partner, and “credit” (whatever that means…).
It’s definitely a tough transition, and more than a few of my friends have expressed their anxiety about it. These days, it seems like everyone around me is in quarter-life crisis mode, myself definitely included.
While being aged 18 to 30 in 2016 can be a difficult, confusing time, the only reason why we all feel so much stress about figuring our lives out is because of the sheer number of choices we have at our fingertips. Choice is a scary thing, and studies have shown that as humans, we’d actually rather be presented with fewer choices than more because it makes decisions far less stressful.
Choosing a life partner, a career, a place to live. These are all the big questions of life, and while we could look at them with fear and stress in our eyes, we could also choose to see how privileged we are to be making these choices at all.
It all comes back to gratitude: one of the most undervalued practices out there. It’s far too easy to fall into a despairing attitude, even when everything is going right in our lives.
I’m the first to admit that when one thing goes wrong, I can get a little melodramatic and throw the baby out with the bathwater, when it’s really just a minor hiccup. We tend to focus on the imperfections of life and dwell on what people think of us when really all that matters is spreading joy.
I’m writing this post more for me than anyone else, but I think these thoughts are important to share because I know I’m not the only person who feels this way. Let’s encourage each other to practice gratitude, mindfulness and positivity every day and we can’t lose.
Whatever decisions you make in life, whatever path you take, it’s always meant to be. Trust your intuition to guide you in the right direction, follow your bliss and don’t make things too complicated. After all, we’re here to enjoy life and have fun! It’s the only thing that matters.
Do you ever feel like you’re having a quarter-life crisis? How do you cope? Let me know in the comments!