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The existential crisis at 25.

When we hear about an existential crisis, we usually have middle age in mind. Somewhere around 50 is when we hear about people who suddenly start to exhibit “strange” behaviors, unexpected purchases of expensive cars, resignations from work, three-month trips, infidelities in marriage. However, things have changed now; society, standards, and demands are much different than they were before.

Once, if you had a bachelor’s degree, you were considered great! Now, only a bachelor’s degree? A master’s degree is a given, and nowadays, the hot thing is a Ph.D., if you don’t have a job waiting for you. Let’s see, though, how this new crisis, the crisis at 25, is created!

You’ve passed through a school, graduated, probably have done a master’s degree because, as we said, it’s a must nowadays, and you’ve started the struggle for life. Seeking a “good” and “stable” job, in quotation marks, because who knows beforehand that a job is good, let alone that you’ll be there until retirement? You may also have already had a “taste” of what it means to work in the field you’ve chosen. And then comes the realization!

And along with the realization come the questions. “What job do I have here?”, “I expected things differently, and they are different”, “I found myself having studied, having EVEN done a master’s degree in what I studied, and realizing that this is not for me!” and generally “Where is my life going from here on out?”. To some, all of these may be translated as laziness and as “the kid just doesn’t have the appetite to work.”

The issue, however, is for you, who are experiencing this crisis, to do your introspection. To ask yourself basic questions in order to discern your desires and to create a new action plan. Start with questions like “Where am I and how do I feel about it?” and “Where do I want to go?”. Having these questions as a compass, you’ll be able to devise an action plan to see the situation as it is and how you can move forward.

Knowing yourself and your desires is a big step, worth the effort, because the result will reward you. Seek the help of a mental health professional to get to know yourself better and live the life you deserve!

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