If you want to see someone get crazy enthusiastic about the quarter life crisis - I mean, arms flailing, camera bouncing, cheeks reddening - then check out the interview Nicole Denise conducted with me on the topic. To say I was "animated" while we were talking is an understatement. Don't believe me? Just look at the still image embedded below. <cringe> But there's good reason I get impassioned while talking about the quarter life crisis:
- Having a quarter life crisis marked a major, wonderful turning point in own my life (as you'll hear on the video).
- I strongly believe that the quarter life crisis can be an incredible (the best?) opportunity for positive change in the lives of twenty- and thirtysomethings.
- I know, contrary to popular opinion, that having a crisis is a GOOD sign, not a bad one. It means that you're engaging with life and questioning your future rather than simply accepting what "others" say is best for you. In other words, you're making the time and space to find your true identity! That process should be celebrated, not lamented (or even worse, avoided).
- I passionately believe that we can't do the work we're meant to do in the world unless we figure out who we are. Period.
- Ergo, quarter life crises change the world. For the better.
Nicole interviewed me as part of her thoughtful, well-researched post called The Quarter Life Awakening: 20-Something Crisis as The Portal to Epiphany. I highly recommend you give it a read.
Then watch the 8-minute edited clip Nicole produced from our interview, in which she poses the following questions:
- What is your background?
- How did you find your true self?
- What does it feel like to be "not yourself"?
- How would you explain the symptoms of the quarter life crisis?
- What do you believe is the cause of the quarter life crisis?
- Is there a definite answer to identity crisis?
- What should come first: thinking or acting?
- Do economic woes cause or affect the prevalence of the quarter life crisis?
- What is the solution to the quarter life crisis?
Want to know the answers? Then watch Ms. Ridiculously Enthusiastic give the answers!
When you're done, I want to hear from you in the comments: What are YOUR questions about the quarter life crisis? I'll gather the best Qs to address in future posts (or in embarrassing videos, whatever the case may be!)