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Deadline, Age 25: Dealing With Your Quarter-Life Crisis
Posted on October 18, 2012

During our late teens and early 20s we’ve always been taught that age 25 is a major milestone and that we should have reached major accomplishments by this age because well… we’re 5 years away from the big 3-0. I’ll be the first to admit I’ve lived by this unwritten rule that I must have accomplished “everything” by age 25, but I’ve recently had a change of heart and a bit of a reality check. I’ll be celebrating my 25th in 2013 and I’ve come to the realization that there is no way I’ll have all these things accomplished in that short amount of time.
I’m not saying it’s impossible, because it’s happened for others, but sometimes you just can’t rush greatness. A lot of my peers from undergrad are still in school working on receiving degrees in grad school, dental school, etc. and that can take up to four years alone. Instead of beating yourself up about what you haven’t accomplished, look at the list of things you’ve already done and just work on adding to it.
There’s nothing wrong with being eager and wanting more for your self, but putting deadlines on everything isn’t realistic all the time. Some things just take a little bit more time. The same way people say they want to be married with kids by such and such time is the same way I felt about my life and career at one point. I’ve always dismissed deadlines when it came to my love life and having children because I believe those types of things will happen for me when they’re supposed to.
Then I realized that was the pot calling the kettle so I’ve had to revise my way of thinking and realize everything won’t happen overnight. Some things take time and dedication and it will fall into place if you play your cards right. So the next time you’re feeling down about how your life is going and you feel like things aren’t happening fast enough for you, write out your goals, look them over, figure out what you need to do to get there and do work. Remember: Rome wasn’t built in a day! 


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