Post-it Note Advice For a Quarter-Life Crisis

October 25, 2013

The other night I made mac and cheese for dinner and joked to my friends on social media about the fact that I’m definitely not a grown-up.


Instagrammed Evidence, Exhibit A:
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After all, grown-ups eat vegetables for dinner. They have recipe books and they’re not afraid to use ’em, right? My Pinterest account seems to suggest that the answer is yes, but I’m beginning to become skeptical. Conversely, my version of dinner that evening included heating up water and adding dehydrated cheese powder to the pot. I’m not going to lie–it was totally delicious. But my guilt (I do try to eat healthy most of the time) made me return to that pesky question that eats at me most when I’m feeling vulnerable. The question, of course, being: What am I doing with my life?


This is a standard quandary for twentysomethings. And, while my generation gets a lot of slack on the Internet for being underachievers, the reality is that many of us are still figuring out what it means to be adults. We have the freedom to choose who we want to be and what we want to do with our lives, and the choices can be overwhelming.


Cue the idea of a quarter-life crisis: the name often given to the questioning that many young people experience when they seek to define their own roads in life. For those with an unclear path, there can be a lot of anxiety involved. Each week I’ve been collecting advice for the Weekend Mix from the Roadtrip Nation Leader Archive, but this week I thought I’d seek out words of wisdom from a closer source–the Roadtrip Nation staff.


Each person in the office wrote down a piece of advice they would give to someone going through a quarter-life crisis. The answers were surprising, funny, heartfelt, and awesome. Many people suggested similar ideas: don’t be afraid, breathe, and try something new! Also, make sure you have a support system you can count on. Check ’em out:








Have any advice you’d like to add? Awesome! We would love to hear it! Please take a picture of your Post-it and share it with us on Instagram by tagging @roadtripnation. Be sure to include the hashtag #quarterlifepostit! And, of course, if you have advice that simply won’t fit on that tiny Post-it, I encourage you to share your wisdom at



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