March 19, 2006

Are you facing a Quarter life crisis?

Filed under: Of men women and Eunuchs,opinions,Random — Kaveeta Oberoi Kaul @ 2:13 pm

Don’t quite know what that means? Its not some mumbo jumbo but IMHO a really thought provoking terminology, coined I daresay for the youth , by the youth.

Simply put, it is the period between ages 21-29, when yougsters are reacting to the bombardment of information of newer choices and are enjoying the ‘thinking out of the box ‘ syndrome.

They are questining set patterns, rebelling against not only abiding by those but at the same time wanting to re-define goals, achievement, success and purposeful life, all in one go.

Life is no longer a chalked out course of degree, career, money, marriage, kids, domesticity and so on. It is about, delaying responsibility, to perhaps go paragliding, or a career in moutaineering, be a musician. In other words the urge to take risks, in order to chase what will translate to happiness and fulfillment.

Refreshing I would say. Very Nice. The fact is that the present generation, let us assume,a small proportion as of now, has tasted financial independence at an earlier period in their lives, by the age of 25, thanks to BPOs and other such avenues. Add to this the exposure to a global culture cutting across boundaries of nations and ethnicities, freedom therefore is a right to be exercised in the choice of ones way of life , to begin with.

How contagious this trend will get, only time will tell. As of now, however what is apparent is that awareness is growing ,resulting in a breaking free from the old value system. Choices are being exercised and goals radically differnt from the previous generation being pursued. Whether this will lead to fulfillment or disillusionment will depend on the fine balance between sanity and rebellion, difficult to achieve but presenly attractive to our youth. Slippery slope undoubtedly,but who said life is easy!


  1. Dear Kaveeta,

    Are you tapped into my mind?(smile)

    Let me explain: lots of what you mention here; are resonating with me; though I am pushing that big 50 this summmer!

    My son; is enduring the same changes, and he’s 17, graduating this year; and off to college this summer.

    Talk about resonating with this article!!

    All, in our own good time and pace; and may it always be a forward maneuver towards achieving goals!


    Comment by North — March 20, 2006 @ 8:21 am | Reply

  2. Now that you mention it North, I do agree that it has less to do with age and more to do it with expanding ones consciousness in ways one deems fit.

    Our energies direct us to the path we choose.. and boy! women these days , lets not leave the guys out, are a whole lot energised:)

    Comment by Kaveetaa Kaul — March 20, 2006 @ 10:39 am | Reply

  3. controlling our energies seems to be a “goal” of most of us that are aware of the concept and fundamentals of energy.

    There are times, I am aware; and others; where there is yet still a fine film obscuring my conciousness from total awareness.

    these peeps are a longing which seems to come with the inevitable tide of ones self-evolution.

    Yes, agreed; there are a lot of fantastic men out there; doing great things…

    Great topic!


    Comment by North — March 21, 2006 @ 8:39 am | Reply

  4. Go with the flow, North and trust your instincts..They rarely betray you.

    Most importantly one should endeavour to exist in stillness and then let the cosmic create its dance for you.

    Comment by Kaveetaa Kaul — March 22, 2006 @ 11:44 am | Reply

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