Quarterlife Crisis is the first book to document this phenomenon and offer insightful advice on smoothly navigating the challenging transition from childhood to adulthood, from school to the world beyond. It includes the personal stories of more than one hundred twentysomethings who describe their struggles to carve out personal identities; to cope with their fears of failure; to face making choices rather than avoiding them; and to balance all the demanding aspects of personal and professional life. From “What do all my doubts mean?” to “How do I know if the decisions I’m making are right?” this book compellingly addresses the hardest questions facing young adults today.
Introduction: What Is the Quarterlife Crisis?
Why Worry About a Quarterlife Crisis?
How Do You Recognize a Quarterlife Crisis?
What Do You Do About the Quarterlife Crisis?
One: How Am I Supposed to Figure Out Who I Really Am?
“So, What Do You Do?”
Finding a Passion
Keeping the Faith
Trial and Error
Changing Their Minds
Two: What If I’m Scared to Stop Being a Kid?
End of the Innocence
Are We There Yet?
The Parent Trap
The Times They Are A-Changin’
Three: What If I Fail?
Ready, Set, Fail
Going After the Dream
Advice from the Pros
Four: What Do All of These Doubts Mean?
Doubts and Questions
Trying Out Therapy
Brushing It Off
Five: How Do I Know If the Decisions I’m Making Are the Right Ones?
Moving Right Along
How Do I Know If I’m Sure About Somebody?
Going with It
Six: How Do I Work Out the Right Balance Among My Career, Friends, Family, and Romance?
Work Won’t Make You Coffee in the Morning
When Love Comes to Town
The Balancing Act
Seven: Can I Carry Any Part of My College Experience into the Real World?
Six Degrees of Separation
Batting for the Majors
Look at All the Lonely People
What You Can Take with You