The Quarter Life Crisis is a curious thing. Young adults complain several years out of college they haven’t found their life’s work yet. Well obviously. You can’t expect to go straight to the corner office without knowing jack! What happened to paying your dues for at least 10 years and getting enough experience before doing more of what you want?
After two years of getting my balls crushed working in New York City, all I wanted to do was retire and work on my grandparents’ fruit farm in Hawaii. They had eight acres of land that consisted of dozens of mango, papaya, avocado, and pomelo trees nestled in the Waianae mountain range. It was wonderful piece of land that needed care.
Looking back to 15 years ago, what I now realize is that I wasn’t really having a Quarter Life Crisis. I was just afraid of being unable to get a new job after my firm decided not to offer me a third year analyst position during the dotcom collapse. If I gave up early by going back to Hawaii, I would have regretted my decision. Preventing a crisis from taking over your life is extremely important!