Can I call for the official banishment of the phrase quarter-life crisis?
There’s something about it that just rubs me the wrong way. Maybe it’s hard for me to image that 25% of my life may very well be behind me. Maybe it’s the fact that it seems to be a word people in the media use to create crappy filler segments in a 24 hour news cycle. But mostly, I think it’s a misuse, or at the very least, overstatement of the word crisis.
Things that I believe legitimately constitute a crisis
- The oil spill in the Gulf [and elsewhere]
- The loss of a loved one
- The national deficit
- Hate, discrimination, and violence
Things which I believe are categorically not crisises
- A bad hair day
- World Cup matches
- Someone drinking the last beer in the fridge and not replacing it
- Feeling a sense of frustration, disenchantment, and/or being lost in your 20s
I think the second list is an example of things that happen in life that you have to deal with. Most of us have bad hair days; some of us have bad hair. Sometimes a referee makes a bad call on a good goal. On an occasion, I finish the house beer and wait awhile to get more. And of course, most of us who are in the post-graduation haze live in shades of gray – it can be frustrating and disheartening but it can also be exhilarating and fulfilling.
Suggested changes to the term “quarter-life crisis”
- Post-collegiate Party
- Spontaneous Adulthood
- Double Decade Disco
- Being in your 20s and dealing with life
Truly, if you want to laugh at the ridiculousness that is attempting to jazz up dull age-related angst with fancy names, check out a great edition of The Hater at AV Club.