Millennial Life Crisis was a term first coined by lifestyle YouTuber Monica Church in 2016 when she uploaded her first video to her vlog channel, Millennial Life Crisis. At the time, Monica felt like she was living in a place of unfulfillment and confusion. She had dropped out of college to pursue a career on YouTube but had yet to discover exactly what this meant for her and her career. Four years later, this vlog channel has over 375,000 subscribers and has inspired a podcast also called Millennial Life Crisis, where Monica and Shelby Church, her 25 year old twin sister, discuss their experiences of being in their 20s from adulting and personal finances to moving to a new city and buying a house.
Millennial Life Crisis is a term that has since been adopted by millennials to describe their quarter-life crisis. A millennial is someone who reached adulthood in the early 21st century which, depending on your source, could include anyone born between 1981 and 1996 or 1982 and 2000. A quarter-life crisis has been defined by clinical psychologist, Alex Fowke, as ‘a period of insecurity, doubt and disappointment surrounding your career, relationship and financial situation’ which most commonly occurs between your early 20s and mid-30s.
Recently I have found myself relating more and more to how Monica felt back in 2016: unfulfilled and confused. What is my purpose in life? What have I achieved in the past 23 years? Am I where I thought I would be 10 years ago?
23 is a transitional age. You have just graduated from University and are entering the world of full-time work for the first time as a post-graduate. You are constantly torn between the desire to travel the world whilst you are young and have no commitments and staying home so you can move out of your parents’ house, climb the career ladder and purchase your own property. Your Instagram feed is a stark contrast of engagement and pregnancy announcements and the typical club night-out photograph. Especially when a quick Google search is enough to inform you that you are the same age as some of the world’s most talented artists such as Zendaya, Camilla Cabello, Hailee Steinfield, Simone Biles and Chloe Grace Moretz, it is easy to feel inadequate in comparison.
Similarly to how Monica used her vlog channel to document her millennial life crisis, I want to use this blog to do the same. I want to document my life from this point onwards, the ups and the downs, but overall how I am changing my life to overcome my millennial life crisis. I have decided to describe this journey as ‘Project Better Me’ because the purpose of this journey is to become a better version of myself and to start comparing myself to who I used to be rather than to others.
This journey is not about quick fixes, it is about creating sustainable healthy habits that will ultimately lead into me living the life I want.
Have you ever had a Millennial Life Crisis?