The 5 Essays I Read When I Feel Like I'm Having A Quarter-Life Crisis
By Kerri Jarema
Listen, if you're in your mid-twenties already, you don't need me to tell you that this decade is a roller coaster of emotions. The quarter-life crisis has is a thing for a reason, and for those in their 20s, the crisis often manifests in heightened feelings of confusion, stagnation and major fears that you will never live up to all of the high-pressure expectations placed upon you — both by yourself and the people around you.
A night out with friends usually helps me feel better about my place in the world, but if I'm feeling especially introverted, a night in with a great book also works. And for me, nothing says "let's overcome my existential dread!" quite like an essay collection. Below are five essays that I have read and re-read countless times. They inspire, motivate, and support me whenever I feel like what I'm doing just isn't enough. Whether you're 25 or 29 — no matter if you're worried about starting over, getting older, or just figuring out what you actually want to do with your life —there is a definitely a piece here that will speak to your conflicted millennial heart.