To The Person Having A Quarter Life Crisis, Don't Settle Just To keep Up

To The Person Having A Quarter Life Crisis, Don't Settle Just To keep Up

The quarter life crisis is far too real.


So if you're reading this, you are probably in your twenties. Going to college or just getting out of college into the real world. Your love life is DOA (Dead On Arrival) and your usual date night are with Netflix and the pint of Talenti in your fridge. No shame because this is me every other weekend.

Now I'm just going to get straight to the point. A lot of us millennials have friends or family members who are jumping the broom (getting married) or trading their shot glasses for bottles of formula. You got all the invitations you've gotten in the mail pinned your fridge so you don't forget what days. You have to head over to Ross to get several weddings outfits, sometimes you a designated outfit for weddings. You and your single friends are always at the designated "singles table" and fake smile for the picture while we are asking ourselves "What am I doing with my life?" or "Why can't I find anybody?"

And if you're a bridesmaid, you're trying to make the dress the bride picked work while getting hit on by half of the groom's family.

Then there are your friends who are having kids left and right and see a daily pregnancy announcement on your timeline. When I tell you the amount I've spent on gifts for baby showers and birthday presents, you would think I was doing short-term payments to the student loan office. We love kids don't get us wrong but some of us aren't really ready for kids yet or don't want them at all. Hell, there are times people are asked by friends to hold their kids and will hold a baby mid-air and ask what to do with it.

But we have those family members that ask us "When are you going to find somebody special?" or "When are you going to give me some grandkids?" The friend group that you started young adulthood with are popping out a new baby every eight months. Meanwhile, you're that cool aunt that babysits but ready to hand them back to their parents a the end of the night.

Now you're probably feeling a lot of emotions and self-evaluating yourself about what you think you're doing wrong.

Scared that you'll end up being that old maid that will be trying to relive her younger years.

No lie, I've had times where I thought of being in the world records book for owning the most cats or dogs in your house.

I'm here to tell you that there is nothing wrong with you. It's okay to be picky. It's okay to be on your own. It's okay that you have a plan for your life and want to wait. There's no timeline that we're supposed to follow. We don't need to grow up so fast. It's okay to be selfish and want more out of life before you settle down. You're young and if you have dreams, go for them. If you want to wait for the right time, there's nothing wrong with that. You are your own person and you are the captain of your ship on the journey that is your life. So get off the couch and turn off Netflix and go live your best life!

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Why Getting Away From Where You Grew Up Is Important

College is the perfect time to get away from home and go out into the real world.

As you get older, life sometimes makes it hard for you to take control and go to the places you've only dreamed of. There's always a work meeting, ballet recital, or something to hold you back from taking that trip planned four summers ago. College is the perfect time to get away from home and go out into the real world.

It's important to get away from everything you know at one point in your life. There is a whole world full of risk, chance, and experience. The security you have in your hometown can be traded in for adventure and change. There's a time to try something new, learn something that blows your mind, or go somewhere that takes your breath away. That time is now, to feel like you are actually doing something worthwhile with your life.

It is important to get away from where you have grown up for some of your life. You need to grow on your own, without anyone there to tell you you're wrong or out of line being a certain way. The transition from high school to college is the gift of independence. You choose who you get to be without anyone holding your past against you. It's a do-over, a second chance after the mistakes and regrets you lived through in high school. Yet, being away from home has its drawbacks as you lose familiar faces, a steady schedule, and many creature comforts. But, all of these can be found in a new place with time. Leaving the place you grew up gives you another chance to grow again, without boundaries. Travel whenever you get an opportunity because it may not come again. Test your limits while living your actual dreams. Go out and explore the world—you're only here once and don't have time to take it for granted. Leaving everything you know sounds scary, but there are great memories to be made out there.

Whether this new place for you is two hours from home, or 20, it's different, it's exciting and it's change. It is important to get away from where you grew up and learn from the adventures you embark on. It is the best way to find yourself and who you want to be. It's what you'll remember when you look back on everything you've done.

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For Camille, With Love

To my godmother, my second mom, my rooted confidence, my support


First grade, March. It was my first birthday without my mom. You through a huge party for me, a sleepover with friends from school. It included dress up games and making pizza and Disney trivia. You, along with help from my grandma, threw me the best birthday party a 7-year-old could possibly want.

During elementary school, I carpooled with you and a few of the neighborhood kids. I was always the last one to be dropped off, sometimes you would sneak a donut for me. Living next door to you was a blessing. You helped me with everything. In second grade, you helped me rehearse lines for history day so I could get extra credit. In 4th grade, you helped me build my California mission.

You and your sister came out to my 6th grade "graduation". You bought me balloons and made me feel as if moving onto middle school was the coolest thing in the entire world.

While you moved away from next door, you were a constant in my life. Going to Ruby's Diner for my birthday, seeing movies at the Irvine Spectrum and just hanging out, I saw you all the time. During these times, you told me about all of the silly things you did with my mom and dad, how my mom was your best friend. I couldn't have had a greater godmother.

In middle school, you pushed me to do my best and to enroll in honors. You helped me through puberty and the awkward stages of being a woman.

Every single time I saw you, it would light up my entire day, my week. You were more than my godmother, you were my second mom. You understood things that my grandma didn't.

When you married John, you included me in your wedding. I still have that picture of you, Jessica, Aaron and myself on my wall at college. I was so happy for you.

Freshmen year of high school, you told me to do my best. I did my best because of you. When my grandma passed away that year, your shoulder was the one I wanted to cry on.

You were there when I needed to escape home. You understood me when I thought no one would. You helped me learn to drive, letting me drive all the way from San Clemente to Orange.

When I was applying to colleges, you encouraged me to spread my wings and fly. You told me I should explore, get out of California. I wanted to study in London, you told me to do it. That's why, when I study abroad this Spring in London, I will do it for you.

When I had gotten into UWT, you told me to go there. I did and here I am, succeeding and living my best in Tacoma. I do it for you, because of you.

When I graduated high school and I was able to deliver a speech during our baccalaureate, you cheered me on. You recorded it for me, so I could show people who weren't able to make it to the ceremony. You were one of the few people able to come to my actual graduation. You helped me celebrate the accomplishments and awards from my hard work.

When your cancer came back, I was so worried. I was afraid for you, I was afraid of what I would do without the support you had always given me. When I was in Rome, I went to the Vatican and had gotten a Cross with a purple gem in the middle blessed by the Pope to help you with your treatments. It was something from me and a little bit of my mom in the necklace, the gem.

Now, sitting so far from you away at college just like you wanted me to. I miss you. I wish I was there to say goodbye.

I'll travel the world for you, write lots of stories and books for you, I will live life to the fullest for you.

You are another angel taken too early in life. Please say hello to my parents and grandma in Heaven for me.

Lots of love,


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