As a young adult, I found the sixth chapter of Quarterlife Crisis to be especially interesting as I will soon face the struggles of future life after graduation. Undoubtedly, there are many difficult aspects of being mature and having more responsibilities during this coming period. However, it is still exciting to see yourself making serious goals and achieving them, no matter how hard and complicated they can sometimes be. Hence, this essay is focused on looking for most useful strategies that can help me find harmony and success in my twenties.
Initially, the authors of the book Quarterlife Crisis include various examples of adults’ life situations and their view on the importance of interpersonal relationships with their friends, lovers, and family. Some of them put love and friendship way above everything else, others think that they feel free and excited with life just because they are not in a relationship. Despite striking differences of people’s points of view, as a reader I managed to find necessary information for my future balance. To find true happiness it is important to constantly look for mediation so that one’s relationships are positively influential and rather joyful and do not interfere with other aspects of life. Hence, it is significant for young adults not to become complete people pleasers who value the well-being of their friends much more that their own state.
Moreover, I am currently working in a busy real estate design firm as an Executive Assistant overseeing the logistics for three companies so I obviously have struggles to find time for romance, friendships, and family. Nevertheless, in the book, the writers conclude that time-consuming work usually forces people to be very good at time-management because it is crucial for a hard worker (Robbins, 2001). Indeed, finally I noticed how well-adjusted I am to handle stressful work and other life obligations. The most powerful lesson for me may be that people should not single out specific elements of their life and keep artificial balance in everything, the feeling of satisfaction with one’s life should come naturally, without any force. The method of listening to my inner desires, being honest with myself, and open-minded will be highly beneficial for me in the future.
Robbins, Alexandra, and Abby Wilner. Quarterlife crisis: The unique challenges of life in your twenties. Penguin, 2001.