|Quarter Life Crisis|
Definition 1. Usually occurs sometime in your twenties, a few years out of school and still feel as though you're waiting for you're life to begin.
For most people it will be around twenty five years of age (give or take a year or two) as this tends to be when you're way of thinking is starting to change beyond that of a high school or college student. Most people realize they've reached this age if they talk to teens and realize their way of thinking/talking/interacting etc is considerably different and/or they're starting to refer to teens as 'kids'.
It's an age where a lot people start developing a more realistic outlook in life and start feeling that if they haven't accomplished certain things in life they thought they would by then that they may never
This tends to be the age where regrets about decisions made in High School, College etc start becoming more apparent.
Some people will respond to a quarter life crisis by rushing into various landmark type goals in life (ie, getting married, moving out from your parents house, getting your first house, getting your first real job, having kids).
This could be because their friends have ...
Definition 2. The period in your life occurring between 20 and 30 years of age, when you realize that a quarter of your life is over and :
a) You've done nothing constructive with it
- AND -
b) You've set yourself up for another quarter just like it.
You may be experiencing a quarter life crisis if :
a) You ever ask yourself what you are doing with your life
b) You regret half of the last 10 years
c) You consider changing jobs/homes/partners/all of the above to somehow improve your life
d) You feel lost and confused 23.5 hours out of a 24 hour day
e) You wonder how you will ever find job security/afford a house at today's prices/find a partner if you're working all the time/get out of your parents' house if your debt is costing you every dime you make/afford rent while it keeps going up/find a job that pays the bills/pay off your debt/all of the above. Usually all of the above.
Often confused by kids with adolescence, puberty, or hormonal problems. Feeling "misunderstood" and dressing all in black is not a quarter life crisis - it is being a teenager.
Basically, you wake up one morning and think to yourself, "Man - I'm totally screwed." You then proceed to consolidate your debt, look for a better job, and spend more time sleeping - because when you're asleep, you don't have to worry about how screwed you are.