The quarter-life crisis is the crunch of existential, emotional, and pressing, pragmatic choices that we make—or which make us—in that decade or so after adolescence, before fully adult life begins.
Between our late teens and early thirties, we are coming of age. We’re figuring things out, like what we want to do and who we want to be, and who we want to do and be those things with.
In some times and places, there is no time for quarter-life crisis: there is a quick transition from childhood to adult responsibility. Due to a number of economic and cultural forces, this model of adulthood, with careers, home ownership, spouses, and children, takes longer than ever for many people to achieve, and for Generation Y, it’s more difficult than ever. For some, the resources needed to bring up children seem unattainable before one’s mid-thirties, if at all.
Gentlemen, are you in the throes of the quarter-life?
What are you most worried about? College loan debt? Employment? Marriage? Kids? Something else?
What do you need to achieve to call yourself a man?
Is manhood still inevitable for you, or can you hover in this stage forever?
Have you gotten through the quarter-life crisis?
How did you do it?
Did you redefine successful adulthood for yourself?
How has this affected your self-image as a man?
Are there benefits to having an extended quarter-life?
Tell us your stories of quarter-life crisis.
Email your submissions on the Quarter-Life Crisis theme to Justin Cascio, at firstname.lastname@example.org, by Saturday, July 21 (note that this call has been extended) for consideration.
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