Girl Meets Bulgaria

Musings of an American expat in Bulgaria (with detours in Utah and Alaska)


Quarter-Life Crisis

Today is my 25th birthday!

I haven’t been giving it much thought really, other than to use it to my advantage and beg for a Kindle (which I got! It’s awesome!).

After 16, birthdays have just been another day to me. However, this one seems to be a little more important.

Maybe it’s all the huge life changes over the past year as well as those looming on the horizon.

In 2010 I  graduated from college and  got engaged be married (still sounds weird to say). For 2011 I am planning a wedding and a move to Bulgaria (sounds beyond weird to say).

I am feeling a little more “adult” these days and coming face-to-face with the struggles and responsibilities that go along with it.

Maybe there is something to the “quarter-life crisis” theory.

Reading through the “Characteristics a quarter-life crisis may include”, I found that I have experienced a few-some which are a little embarrassing to admit:

  • nostalgia for university, college, high school, middle school or elementary school life
  • boredom with social interactions
  • financially-rooted stress (overwhelming college loans, unanticipatedly high cost of living, etc.)
  • desire to have children (this one has been particularly prominent as of late)
  • a sense that everyone is, somehow, doing better than oneself

While I am feeling a little insecure and unsure of the future, I also feel a sense of great hope and excitement. V. and I have a plan in place. And I-the ultimate list-maker and planner-am pretty stoked about that.

I think 25 is shaping up to be my best year yet!

I’ll close with this: 

I rent a room and I fill the spaces with

wood in places to make it feel like home
but all I feel’s alone
It might be a quarter life crisis
or just the stirring in my soul

Either way, I wonder sometimes
about the outcome
of a still verdictless life

Am I living it right?

Why Georgia-John Mayer