There’s no doubt in my mind that last year I experienced my very own Quarter Life Crisis. I had heard of other friends experiencing their own crisis and thought there was no way I’d ever go through that. I mean, I had my life together, knew what I wanted to do for the rest of my life, had people surrounding me that I loved and was completely healthy.
What a joke. Within a year I feel like my whole life flipped upside down. I had (and cured) thyroid cancer. While it’s close to 95% curable, it’s still one of the worst and most terrifying experiences of my life. But it taught me a lot. It showed me who my friends were. Like my best friend who sat by my side when I came out of surgery, listened to me crazy talk while hopped up on pain killers (which apparently was a good time for him), watched 3 hours of the Olympics with me, made fun of me for looking like a disaster (no make-up, hair a mess…you get the picture) and held my hand while getting poked, proded, and tubes changed. In that moment I realized how important he is to me and how blessed I am to have such an awesome best friend.
I questioned my career about a million times between January and December. I went back and forth about my passions, my past, and my future job opportunities. I made more pros and cons lists than I’d ever admit. I realized that while I loved fundraising and was pretty good at it, it just wasn’t my passion. I love the advertising/marketing/PR world and am so glad that I found an agency where I feel like I fit right into place. I’m at the right place at the exact right time in my life and I have no doubts at all about that.
I wondered what I wanted and who I wanted in my future. I wrote lists of the qualities that I needed to have in someone and finally I’ve thrown the list away.
I think this completely sums up what I went through last year though. Going through the whole Quarter Life Crisis though totally prepared me for an awesome “late twenties” experience. What about you? Anyone else have a Quarter Life Crisis? What’d you learn?