“Quarter-Life Crisis” Hits Young People

by Ryan on September 27, 2009

in Culture,Economy,Election 2008,Politics,Pop Culture

I am generally not a fan of the Millennial Generation (born c. 1982-1999) because they’ve mostly been coddled by their helicopter parents, they’ve had the bar lowered in regards to failing in school, and they expect success and rewards simply for showing up.  Their sense of entitlement is a little scary.  Glued to the Internet and feeling that their cellphones are an actual appendage, Millennials are a scared, weak crew under the surface who’ve never quite learned how to play with others, lest they plug into their technology and rot all the way to the therapist’s couch where everyone else is to blame and the psychotropic drugs are like candy.

No wonder sociologists have now dubbed the struggles we all went through in our 20′s a syndrome called the “Quarter-Life Crisis.”  It took me nearly two years after college to find a full-time teaching job:   substitute teaching (shudder), working at an electronics plant testing LEDs with few English-speaking people, getting turned down dozens of times to my face after interviews (if I even got an interview), and relocating 220 miles away from nearly everyone I knew just to work without a guarantee of success.  It was tough, emotionally taxing, but necessary steps in obtaining my dream of teaching high school history. 

My story is not a sob story – it’s not even unusual.  It’s called “growing up and getting a job.”  We all did it.  So, Millennials are having a tough time?  Cry me a river:  it’s not a syndrome, it’s actually having to work for something, get creative, accept an entry level job rather than that unrealistic $100,000 a year managerial position two months out of college that you were hoping for.

That’s a real world perspective.  Millennials, however, grew up in a world where everyone wins, everyone gets a trophy, and no one is better than anyone else at anything.  No wonder they’re screwed up before they’ve even done anything!  Granted the latest recession is a bad one, which will likely remain so because of the anti-business environment created by the Obama Nation.  These kids voted for Dear Leader thinking everything would be cool with Obama.  It’s funny how many people are liberal before they have to pay real taxes or make their way in the world.  How’s that “hope and change” now that Millennials are staring at a 52.2% youth unemployment rate?  My advice:  you voted for it, make sure you vote against it.

Despite my harsh criticism and cynicism, I really can appreciate how hard these kids have it coming out of college, but here’s a phrase many have never heard before said to them in pure Gen-X style:  “Suck it up!”  It’s time the Millennials learn that life is defined more by our failures than our successes.  How we respond when times are tough says more about our character and our ability to persevere than any of the gifts we are handed.  So, in these tough times stop whining, toughen up, and show a little character — your generation could still do great things if it showed a little backbone.

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Candice September 27, 2009 at 11:10 am

Thanks for writing this. Having been born in 1981 I can say that I’m lumped into this crowd of sissies. Fortunately my parents had their heads on straight when raising us. When all my friends were getting new cars for their 16th birthday, my dad said to me, “You save up for a car and I’ll match what you save.” I didn’t save anything, so my car was a $500 1987 chevy celebrity that he bought from a friend of his. Lesson learned. And I didn’t whine, I appreciated the fact that he even bought me that, (it wasn’t part of the deal, but I think he and my mother were tired of driving me to work every day lol). And they did the same thing with my sisters.

My parents encouraged work and while they provided us with the basic necessities to live, as teenagers, if we wanted anything above and beyond what they gave us, we had to work and make money to buy what we wanted. At the time I didn’t appreciate it as much, but now….great life lessons.


Agnieszka November 5, 2009 at 10:47 am

The Bush administration oversaw the largest job loss in this country in a generation. Obama has been in power for 1 year – its pretty hard to undo stuff that took 8 years to do so spare me the illogical conclusion that this is all Obama’s fault.

As for my generation, we’re pissed because we were lied to and taken advantage of: “don’t worry, take the loans to pay for school, if you work hard you will do well.” Well now it doesn’t matter if you went to school and got your MA because you’re working alongside those who didn’t even bother to finish high school except that now they are the smart ones because my education has done nothing for me besides make me a slave to Sallie Mae.

And Candice, your upbringing sounds like you were spoiled rotten compared to me. A car? For a high school kid? You’ve got to be kidding!


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