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by Jason C. Steinle
Am I with the right one?
Should I go for the big bucks or pursue what I truly want to do?
Does becoming a responsible adult mean life becomes boring and monotonous?
These are just a few of the 30 biggest questions that today’s quarterlifers—people in their teens, twenties and early thirties—face when going out into the real world.
In my own life, I clearly remember a time not long ago when I would lie awake tossing and turning in bed at night. I had just graduated from chiropractic college, moved to a new town and opened an office. For the next six months I worked to build my practice, meet new people, and explore my new town. I wondered if I would “make it” and couldn’t understand how friends could already be getting married, committing to mortgages, and having children.
It was this uncertainty that lead me to pick up the telephone and call people I viewed as successful in their businesses, relationships, health and who seemed to be led by a sense of spiritual direction in their lives. I asked them what they had done when they first entered the real world and to my surprise they told me. Taking their advice, I made changes in my business and life and immediately began to notice positive results.
What started out as my personal questioning process eventually grew into hosting a talk radio and television program. With the platform of the shows I began to interview NY Times best-selling authors, professors, business leaders, artists and other authorities. With each guest I learned what they knew now that they wish they had known when they first entered into the real world.
At the same time I began polling and interviewing my peers. Starting out with friends in South Dakota, Colorado and Minnesota soon I was interviewing quarterlifers from across the United States. While conducting these interviews three key trends struck me.
Once I explained my research I was amazed at the deep desire quarterlifers had to share the good, bad and ugly of their life stories. It seems my generation is really good at putting on a front of confidence, but underlying it is a den of uncertainty. It didn’t matter if I was talking to a cowboy from Wyoming, or a heavily pierced girl from Miami each quarterlifer I spoke to had the same underlying concerns. The usual suspects—money, relationships, education, and career—existed, but I was surprised at the number of quarterlifers who also expressed concern for:
1. The future of our planet
2. Their own spiritual growth and fulfillment
3. The wellbeing of others
While finding a job, paying the rent and putting food on the table topped the hierarchy of needs there existed a deeper longing for a clear sense of purpose and direction. Questions such as: Who am I? What is my spiritual path? and What is my purpose? were just as common as How can I save money? and When should I buy a house?
This gets to the core of the quarterlife crisis. While every generation has faced struggles going into adulthood, today’s teens, twentysomethings and early thirty-year-olds are also wrestling with questions that have traditionally been reserved for later in life. Quarterlifers’ expectations to have it all figured out is adding to the frustration and confusion that exists today.
Join us in the next article where we’ll look at the quarterlife solutions that the experts and quarterlifers shared.
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Jason C. Steinle is a chiropractor at Health and Harmony, PC in Evergreen, CO, the host of The Steinle Show talk radio and television programs, and author of Upload Experience: Quarterlife Solutions which is available at www.amazon.com, To learn more visit www.uploadexperience.com