I’m your fellow 20-something life floater, Tara, here to normalize the fuck out of being in a quarter life crisis, create a support club, and inspire people to embrace paving a path away from societal norms.
This is my quarter life crisis story…
Four years ago I graduated from Griffith Film School in Brisbane, Queensland, Australia with a Bachelor of Film and Screen Media Production and a passion for working in the film industry. I’d spent four and a half years at university to work in an industry I’d been in love with since the first time I saw Alfred Hitchcock’s ‘Psycho’ in 2010. Fast forward to 2018 and I was a frustrated, jaded and unhappy aspiring filmmaker. I’d had a handful of jobs that had plenty of potential to go somewhere and I had the drive and the passion, but for some reason nothing was working out in my favour. I felt disappointed in myself and I couldn’t understand what I was doing wrong. I compared myself to my fellow graduates and I felt like I had failed miserably in comparison. I grew angry and bitter and by the end of 2018, I made the decision to quit pursuing a job in the film industry out of resentment. This was the catalyst for my quarter life crisis.
I felt like by society’s standards I was an unsuccessful human.
Since my first job in 2011, I’ve been through seven retail jobs, one office job, two promising film industry gigs, countless other free film industry stints, four interviews for film industry jobs and many rejection emails from production companies. Between the ages of 16 and 24 years I struggled financially; always having to spend the money I had just saved up in order to survive in between jobs. I was forever thinking “this can’t be what it’s like being in the “real” world?”. Throughout my working life and especially after I left the film industry I felt like I was ALWAYS ‘living to work’ (and survive) instead of ‘working to live’. I felt like by society’s standards I was an unsuccessful human. But why did I let my job (or lack thereof) define who I was or how successful I felt?!
…and i realised, i was in the middle of a damn quarter life crisis!
After spending most of 2019 panicking about my future, having a relationship break down, letting go of my “dream” career in the film industry, and putting my self-worth in the wrong places, my mental and emotional health hit boiling point in December of 2019. It was then that I finally realised, I WAS IN THE MIDDLE OF A DAMN QUARTER LIFE CRISIS! In the last year however, I’ve made such a drastic mindset shift – I’ve found happiness from within, I’ve overcome negative beliefs (and still going!), I’ve learnt more about who I am and why I am the way I am, and I’m working on embracing my own path in life and believing that great things are to come from my patience.
I want to inspire others to feel the same way I do, I want to support others who might be earlier on in their crisis, and I want to show just how normal and real a quarter life crisis is!
So with that being said, are you ready to pave your own damn path away from societal norms?! Then please join The Quarter Life Crisis Club by subscribing to get notified of new posts as they go live each week, and following me on Instagram for more regular QLC updates, reminders, and support!
I love you 3000!
Have the quarter-life blues got you? You’ve probably joked about it with friends and family, while deep down knowing how serious it feels for you. You feel like you’re stuck in limbo, having left behind one life but haven’t found the next.
It’s time to become comfortable with who you are and what you have rather than what you think you’re lacking! It’s time to give yourself an exciting future to work towards!
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