Am I in the midst of a quarter life crisis at this moment in my life? Well, if you asked the few people that are close to me they would tell you yes. If you asked me I would tell you no. So, let’s investigate the two sides of this story.
Their side (for some reason I imagine the Darth Vader theme song playing right now). They think that I’m in the midst of a quarter life crisis because of a couple reasons. Actually…..to be honest they probably only think I am having a quarter life crisis for one reason and one reason only. I’m joining the Peace Corps.
I guess I see their point of view. They see it as me giving up a good job, great benefits, my apartment, my car, and let’s just basically say my entire life as it is now. I get it. How could someone that is completely sane get rid of everything in their life just when they finally made it? Psssttt…..I’ll let you in on a little secret I’m not completely sane. I don’t think anyone is though so, don’t hold that against me.
It is true though how could I give up everything when I just graduated college and began my first year of, what I hope is, a lifelong career?
Well, I’ll give you that answer right now. I can give up everything because to accomplish your dreams/goals you have to make your dreams happen.
What does this mean? It means that you have to actually try to make them happen. If that means giving up something, having to do something that is hard for you, or having to take time out of your week to spend a few minutes working toward it then that’s what you have to do.
I guess that’s the basis of why I don’t think I’m having a quarter life crisis. I’m working to live out my dream. Yes, I have to give things up but, this is something I’ve wanted to do for around 10 years. Is it hard to give up the “things” that I’ve worked hard to have and that mean something to me? Yes. Is it worth it to be able to achieve one of my dreams in the process of doing it? Yes.
So, to everyone that’s asked if I’m having a quarter life crisis. and to everyone that has said I’m doing it to run away from things. Take a long look at your life and ask yourself this. Have you ever had a dream or a goal that you wanted to accomplish? If so did you do everything in your power to accomplish that dream or did you just let it go by the wayside to be something you will regret later in life? I’ll tell you this when you’re old and unable to even try to accomplish your dreams do you think you would regret giving up something to accomplish them or would you regret not trying to accomplish them at all?
Do you have a dream that you’ve had to give things up for or work hard for? If so what was that dream?