“….how ironic that the difficult times we fear might ruin us are the very ones that can break us open and help us blossom into who we were meant to be.” - Elizabeth Lesser
In my attempt to find answers in the last few years, I have come across all kinds of issues young adults face. I am research crazy, and sometimes I wish I didn’t obsess so much about finding out everything about everything. Thank you, Internet!
When I encountered the terms Quarter Life Crisis and Saturn Return, I spent hours and hours reading up on them because they were so relevant in my own life. I also found comfort in the fact that I was not alone. So,what are they, and how can they lead you to your purpose?
The quarter life crisis usually appears starting the early 20s when young adults are not sure of where they are headed, what to do, and where to find the answers. They have spent many years in school looking forward to the working world, only to be disappointed by the lack of fulfillment. They feel as though their lives are void of purpose. They don’t know what direction to turn and they question what success means. There was no class in all their years of schooling to show them the way or prepare them for this. They are lonely, confused and depressed. No one understands them. It is a tumultuous period when we feel an urgency to figure it all out.
On top of that, there is another crisis brewing, The Age 30 Transition. It’s also referred to as the Saturn Return in astrology, which is described as a transit during which Saturn comes back to same point as it was at the time you were born and occurs every 30 years or so. The first transit period is from the age of 28-32. It is said that a person crosses the threshold into adulthood at this time.
During this period, for many it can feel like their lives are in chaos and turmoil. We let go of relationships and jobs which are not serving us and sometimes even move far away. We transition into a conscious realm and our lives start to align with our purpose. Courage is a huge factor. It is truly a time of shedding that which is causing conflict (inner and outer) to make space for that which in line with our purpose. It is also a time when we become more aware of how we could be of service and start thinking of our legacy.
With these two phenomena, it is no wonder so many of us are at crossroads and are looking for guidance. It’s a time of reflection and of awakening to who we truly are. It’s a time when we ask, ‘What do I really want?’. I mean REALLY, REALLY want! How can you take one step towards that life today?