I have been doing a lot of reading and researching and have come to the conclusion that my recent unhappiness may not be as strange as I have taken it to be.
I think I am going through a quarter-life crisis. You can read more about it here. It basically sums up everything I am feeling.
For instance, those going through a quarter-life crisis (ages 20-30) may experience the following:
-financially-rooted stress (overwhelming college loans, unanticipatedly high cost of living, etc.)
-disappointment with one's job
-insecurity concerning long-term plans, life goals
-re-evaluation of close interpersonal relationships
-a sense that everyone is, somehow, doing better than you
-an urge to find happiness in material things, therefore spending too much money on items such as expensive cars, phones, CLOTHES, SHOES, and technology
My personal situation is that I feel like I lost the first half of my twenties. I didn't party in college. Instead, I focused on graduating with honors (which I did), becoming the features editor of the school newspaper (which I did), and having as many internships with prestigious news companies as I could (which I did).
Once I graduated college, I was immediately offered a reporting position at my newspaper (which has more than ONE MILLION readers). I lived and breathed my career. I'm shocked I even managed to snag a couple serious boyfriends during this time period.
And now I'm restless in my job and I am longing to be wild and do something crazy while I'm young and childless. I am in the position were I can be selfish.
I don't want to drown myself in unhappiness by worrying about my future all the time. Especially since I don't know where I'm headed in life.
I have compiled a list of five things I want to do before I'm 30. I have five years and that scares me.
Here they are:
Write a book
Visit India (my dad's birth place)
Learn how to belly dance
Get my Masters in...something
What do you think? What are some things you want to do in the next five years?