August 5, 2018

Quarter-life crisis help: 5 TED talks that can help get you through your quarter-life crisis

If you've been reading my blog for a while, you probably figured that I'm going through a quarter-life crisis. It's not uncommon in our time. In fact, more than half of millennials claim to be going through a quarter-life crisis, one study shows.

What is a Quarter-life crisis, you may ask?

I tried to google for an answer, and the best one I've found is from an interview with Cyrus Williams, an associate professor in the School of Psychology and Counseling at Regent University. He has been studying and speaking about the quarter-life crisis for more than five years, now. The article was written by Lynne Shallcross for Counseling Today.

In the interview, Williams defined the quarter-life crisis as significant life and career transitions for young adults between the ages of roughly 22 and 30. It's a transition period into adulthood which potentially holds high levels of stress and anxiety. Clinical depression and/or anxiety during this time is not uncommon.

Threading through the quarter-life crisis is daunting. Many times I am paralyzed with all the regrets and fears I have in my head. Does that happen to you too? Anyway, when I don't have anyone to process these things through, I sometimes turn to TED Talks. Here are some TED/TEDx talks that I found helpful. I hope you find them helpful too.

July 29, 2018

The best thing you can do for a friend who's going through a quarter-life crisis

Help a friend in life crisis

I'm going through a quarter-life crisis, and I know that this puzzle is something I have to figure out on my own. With life's every blow, I keep stumbling. For every couple of steps I take forward, I take a step back, and each time, I fall right back on my knees. Many times, I want to disappear like a bubble. During those times, I go through periods of being determined to make it happen but thank God, I have loved ones who stay with me and help me get over those depressed periods.

Am I just being dramatic? I'm not sure. I do know that in those brief moments, I feel like the world's folding up around me, sinking me deeper and deeper, into its core, as if burying me alive.

July 22, 2018

To there and back: I quit medical school for the second time.

I quit medical school again

It's been a year since I wrote about quitting medical school. A lot has happened to me ever since. I finalized my release from the school, tried teaching for a while, started marketing our jewelry business online, and decided to give Medical School a second chance.

Being the first, among three children, the pressure of taking over my parents' practice fell mostly on me. My family still wanted me to finish, and somehow, to save face, I also wanted to give medicine a second chance. So I did and went to a different school, this time, a school closer to home so that I'm with my family.